Máté Jakó is a London based award winning illustrator from South-east Hungary who from a very young age he possessed -according to some - an unfortunate obsession of monsters, fairy tales, and super heroes.
He started a long lasting career in theaters and films as an actor before he turned to illustration to create the stories he wanted to tell. Máté currently works as a freelance illustrator. His client list includes Alexander McQueen, Paul Smith, Fox Searchlight and Momentum Pictures creating fashion prints, book covers, album covers limited edition film posters, concept art/creature design for film & video games.
His unique style entails the always present darkness mixed with peculiar elegance, and 21st century insecurity. His flowing vines and lines are hinting to this underlying passion, and conflict. However the darkest of these works have some sense of peace and reconciliation that stands in contrast with the seeming chaos that inhabits his frames.
His illustration techniques combine traditional and digital tools or anything really to project the images in his head onto different mediums.
Artist statement :
"My work is none other than an effort to transport the viewer - and myself during the process - into another world of fairy tales, lyrical esthetics and horror. To convey a childlike wonder, and terror when facing with the world of grown ups. To reconnect with my South-Eastern Hungarian heritage, filter that through my experiences and reflect it back upon the viewer. Even though some of my subjects are disturbing some dreamy romanticism is also at present, that prevents the viewer to look away. No matter how dark my subject is, with my use of composition and rich details I invite the viewer to see the beauty of these (sometimes) terrifying circumstances. To me creation is not a conscious choice, but it is who I'm. This is the ship that sails through the ocean of life and I can only hope to have others join me on this journey."