We are seduced into Martin "Mander" Ander’s universe by bizarre creatures and objects that make us go OUFF!
Mander has crammed his book with the best of everything he has to offer. It is maximalist in terms of colour and form, but never sugary sweet. Melancholia and darkness lurks under the brightly coloured surface.
Mander has developed his art form from the day he first held a pen 40 years ago. His unique style has been shaped by the punk-graffiti- skateboarding scene, and today his work appears on buses, television, album covers, skateboards and posters. Mander discovered the graphic identity of skateboard culture, graffiti, 1960s poster art and underground graphic magazines when he was eleven years old. It did not take long before the skateboarding and music industries discovered his images followed by advertising, fashion and art. Mander continues in the same vein, but everything he does is now bigger and better. Grandmaster Flash, Fever Ray and KRS One are but a few of the artists Mander has worked with.
His images are full of detailed references that make you want to find out more. They owe a lot to Swedish icons as well as to 1960s American underground artists. OUFF! is an in-depth introduction to one of our most interesting contemporary artists.
“Is Martin Ander currently the best illustrator in Europe? I think he is and I don’t say that lightly.”
– Mike Giant
”Martin’s work for Fever Ray represents one of the few album cov- ers from the past decade that managed to become a true icon. As always this was driven by the strength of the image and the power of the music.”
– Stefan Sagmeister
Martin “Mander” Ander (born in 1976) is an illustrator, graphic designer and print-maker deeply rooted in the Stockholm graffiti and skateboarding scene. He has been a professional illustrator since 1999, although he has been in great demand since the early ‘90s. Today, he works on worldwide commissions at his office in Gnesta, Sörmland province.