Jersey artist features at Saatchi Gallery

Jersey artist Oliver Killip has featured in an exhibition at London’s Saatchi Gallery – celebrating the launch of a new book; “Cash is King – The Art of Defaced Banknotes”.
 
Mr Killip’s work also features in the book, alongside famous artists such as Banksy. The exhibition was originally scheduled to run at Saatchi from 30th August for just one week however due to considerable interest it has now been extended until 23rd September.
 
The Saatchi launch party included a private exhibition of ‘defaced’ banknotes which were handpicked by the gallery from the 300 designs published in the book.
 
Mr Killip’s banknote was very popular and gained the prestige of being one of the first designs to sell.
 
“I’m subversive and slightly cynical in nature which is often expressed in my art where I try to cross popular culture with my irreverent sense of humour and surrealism in a variety of styles,” said Mr Killip.
 
“I particularly enjoy working with banknotes which lend well to expressing this form of humour.”
 
Mr Killip is also Senior Trust Officer at Moore Stephens and said that his success in the art world has been made possible by the flexibility offered to him by his employer.
 
“The flexibility Moore Stephens has given me has been fundamental to my self-development as an artist. By having the support of regular employment, coupled with the time to explore different styles has resulted in this great opportunity,” he said.
 
“My colleagues have also been really supportive – even giving me their leftover holiday currency!”
 
Angus Taylor, Managing Director at Moore Stephens, said: “We firmly believe in helping our employees to be as happy as possible. Be it through our Moore Wellbeing programme or flexible working hours, we want our team to have a good work/life balance as we believe this makes them more effective practitioners for our clients. We’re proud of Olly’s huge achievement in featuring in this new book and exhibition and look forward to seeing what he creates in the future.”
 
More of Mr Killip’s work can also be seen or purchased directly at Studio 18 Gallery in Jersey. The book, “Cash is King – The Art of Defaced Banknotes” is available direct from the publisher via www.rebelnottaken.com