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Artist Statement
Gary James McQueen is an artist with authentic and intriguing connections to the world of high fashion.
First introduced to the fashion industry by his late uncle, Alexander McQueen in 2005, Gary was employed as head textile designer for the McQueen Menswear RTW, and given freee reign to explore the innovative and niche skill of using a 3D canvas to create optical-illusion textile design.
Forging a unique partnership with his uncle, which continued until the death of Alexander McQueen in 2010, Gary was trusted with the delivery of many personal projects. Art pieces including the Gold Skull artwork, which would become the iconic case of the V&A's best selling "Savage Beauty" Exhibition (2015) commemorating Alexander McQueen's life work, illustrate the breadth of projects undertaken.
In 2018 Gary James McQueen combines a familial inheritance of his uncle 'Lee' Alexander McQueen with his own artistic integrity to explore an innate dexterity for visual story telling. Spanning both the fashion and art world, and as the following selected works can show, here is a creative practitioner with an accomplished and powerful aesthetic.
The Interview
  1. Favorite Colour? Depends on my mood
  2. When you were growing up what did you want to be? SPFX artist
  3. Name the Place you’d most like to live in? Somewhere hot
  4. What’s the first thing you want to do when you come out of Lockdown? Shag
  5. You’re hosting a dinner party what’s your signature dish? Steak and chips
  6. Dogs or Cats? Dogs
  7. What was your nickname at school? Englander
  8. Most influential person in your life? Alexander McQueen
  9. If you could go back in time to which period would you go to? Neolithic Egypt
  10. Name an Instagram account you follow. Salvjiaa
  11. Favorite Museum or Gallery. V&A 
  12. If money was no object, what luxury item would you buy yourself? A home
  13. Favorite Album (music) Michael Nyman – Band
  14. Person you’d love to meet? My dad
  15. Describe your ultimate romantic date: The Summer of 1968
  16. You are happiest when……. With my kids or creating art
  17. What makes you sad? Onions
  18. If you could change one thing about the world. I’d make it flat like a disc
  19. What’s the first thing on your bucket list? a spade
  20. What have you learned during the lockdown? Everything has stayed the same for me..welcome to my world
  21. Book shop or Record Shop? Book
  22. Name your favorite book? Eiko Ishioka
  23. Pet Hate: Ignorance / Political Correctness
  24. Prize Possession: Creativity
  25. How many tattoos/piercings do you have? 2 sleeve tattoos 2 piercings
  26. Gym or Jim Bean? Gym followed by a cigarette
  27. What colour are your eyes? Blue like the ocean
  28. Junk Food which is your dirty secret: Anything with E numbers
  29. What’s your poison? Dark Rum
  30. Describe your morning routine. Get up, contemplate life, brush my teeth
  31. Where do you call home? The UK
  32. What makes you laugh? Irony
  33. What perfume/aftershave do you use? Geo. F. Trumper, Creed, Robert Piguet, Penhaligons
  34. What’s your favorite season and why? Spring/Summer – Hope is in the air
  35. Describe the wildest night out you’ve ever had: I can’t remember it
  36. What opportunity have you turned down? I take every given to me
  37. Have you ever been arrested? Yep
  38. Favorite Quote? £5 with a happy ending
  39. First live band, you went to see? Stereophonic
  40. Biggest Regret? Not speaking up when I need to
  41. Describe something that you are proud of: I’m always proud when I accomplish what I set out to do
  42. Describe yourself in 3 words: Expect the unexpected
  43. Favorite film: Phantom Threads
  44. How many pairs of shoes do you own? Three
  45. Describe a favorite walk: The one where you drop apples and pears, bowling it down the street
  46. Tell us what’s in your bag/pockets: Cigarettes, lighter, mints
  47. Who was the last person you called? My partner and kids
  48. What’s the tune/band that you are listening to the most? Ambient sounds
  49. What’s your cure for a hangover? Water and fresh air

AVAILABLE WORKS

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