SALU
Michael Salu is an award-winning Creative Director, Art Editor, Designer, Brand Strategist, Writer, Artist and Illustrator. Concept driven, his approach straddles both the machinations of the art world and the language of design. He has collaborated with and published many established artists including The Chapman Brothers, Sir Paul Smith, Yinka Shonibare, Nadav Kander and the 2013 Deutsche Börse winners Adam Broomberg & Oliver Chanarin as well as providing a platform for emerging artists and designers to showcase their work.

Salu operates as a creative hub, developing concepts for a range of clients from interior
design, to photography, working with a wide network of creatives. He is also in the process of setting up a multidisciplinary creative agency - SALU.

He speaks regularly on art and visual culture at educational institutions such as the Royal
College of Art and The Photographer’s Gallery and as a cultural spokesperson, often moderates and participates in public events and discussions.

Salu is also currently writing a collection of short stories and his art, fiction, nonfiction and essays, have been published in magazines such as Eye, Under the Influence, Grey Magazine, Varoom and Granta.com

This blog is mostly snippets of work from SALU.
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A detail of a #collage we created for the cover of Granta #magazine issue 118: #exit #strategies loosely based on the nine #circles from #inferno by #Dante we used a selection of #vernacular #photographs we found in an #antique #market in Buenos Aires a few years ago. #collageart #art #artphotography #collection #graphicdesign #photography #colours #burn #hell #life #everyday #books #booklovers #saluarchive
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detail of the final cover we created  for Granta’s #Best of #Young #Brazilian #Novelists issue in 2012. The #illustration was based on the historical motif of the meeting of the #waters, the confluence between the #Rio #Negro & #Amazon #river in #Brazil. There’s also a nod to it he country’s socio-political #history. #Brasil #graphicart #brazilart #brazilgraphics #pattern #patterndesign #books #magazinedesign #booklovers #graphicdesign #SALUarchive
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Behind the scenes of the #photoshoot for Granta’s Best of #Young #British #novelists 4 with #photographer Bruno Drummond. #award #trophy #eggs #yolk #pink #stillife #photography #artdirection #concept #design #colours #yellow #books #booklovers #magazine #magazineart #SALUarchive
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#freedom of #speech
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#bondgirl
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#genet #moustache #lady #flowers
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#SoItGoes #slaughterhouse5 & #Armageddon in retrospect from our series #designs for Kurt #Vonnegut in 2008. Each one had a slightly different approach, but linked by a subversion echoing Vonneguts #writing #KurtVonnegut #bookworm #booklover #fiction #novel #books #graphicdesign #graphicart #branding #typography #tank #yellow #honey #soldiers #colours #space #time #war #SALUarchive
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Some old #pixelart experimenting whilst we were creating the #coverart for Granta magazines #travel issue. #glitch #glitchart #pixels #colours #spectrum #rainbow #graphicart #graphicdesign #rgb #abstract #painting #digitalart
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Detail of a #tentacle / #wave #generative #illustration for a project. It went unused eventually, but was fun to build. #graphicart #vectorart #vector #graphicdesign #waves #sea #sealife #drawing #circles #colours #water #gravity #SALUarchive
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Fictitious #album #art for #fashion and art #Magazine ‘Grey’ in 2012 #water #symmetry #music #vinylart #vinyl #glitchart #pixels #pixelart #albumart #albumcover #graphicart #illustration #graphicdesign #photography #swimmers #mirror #abstract #blue #swimmingpool #artist #SALUarchive #coverart #music