About

 

Máté Jakó is a London based award winning illustrator from South-east Hungary who from a very young age possessed - according to some - an unfortunate obsession of monsters, fairy tales, and superheroes.

He started a 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, Sideshow Collectibles, Chris Nelson FX,  and VVDFX creating concept art/creature design for film & video games, fashion prints, book covers, album covers and limited edition film posters. His work has been featured in prestigious publications including: Spectrum, Imaginefx, and 3D total-sketching from the imagination. His work has been shown in galleries including Nolia's Gallery, Copro Nason Gallery, and WowXwoW. 

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 creative process - into another world of fairy tales, lyrical esthetics and horror. To convey a childlike wonder, and terror in order to try and make sense of 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 might call my subjects somewhat disturbing, a dreamy lyricism is also at present, that - hopefully - entices the viewer further in. No matter how dark my subject is, my goal is to invite the viewer to see the beauty of these (sometimes) terrifying circumstances. To me creating is not a conscious choice, but it is who I'm. This is the ship I sail through the ocean of life with and I can only hope to have others join me on this journey."

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