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Intercity & Nike

Nike recently asked Intercity (authors of Art & Sole) if we could commission two canvas artworks for the NikeTown London store. With an extremely tight turnaround, we worked with graphic artists Fran Marchesi and Rich Fairhead to get the job done...

The two artworks, each a triptych of three 1m x 1m canvases, were created to celebrate both the 30th anniversary of the Nike Air Force 1, and the 40th anniversary of the Nike Cortez. We'd worked with both Marchesi and Fairhead before (the results of which you can see here and here), so we knew they'd be great for the project...

Based in London, Fran Marchesi is an illustrator and designer who specialises in hand rendered letterforms and screen-printing. Her triptych was inspired by the distinctive features, including the original red and white grid pattern, of the first AF1 model from 1982. 'Several marker pens perished, and a few blisters were created, during­­ the making of this piece,' says Marchesi.

Rich Fairhead is a London-based illustrator who, among other things, is inspired by hand drawn text, 50's ads, Jonny Cash, tattoos, tacky menus, vodka, movies, unicorns and London. For his triptych, Fairhead was inspired by the kind of hand-painted lettering that might be found on a wall, advertisement or sign in Mexico City. Using simple hand drawn graphics, Fairhead portrayed a retro, uninhibited artwork that references the 1972 Cortez silhouette.

Thanks again to the artists for all their hard work over such a short space of time. Both artworks are curently being displayed on the second floor of NikeTown London so, if you're in the area, make sure you drop by to see them in person...

Photography by James Measom

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