Meet Illustrator, Jazz Wade

Image by Joe Vozza

Image by Joe Vozza

Jazz Wade, 23, is a Leicester-based illustrator, originally from Uppingham, Rutland. We chat to Jazz about his work and life, and how Leicester’s creative buzz inspires his art.

Upon seeing Jazz’s work, it’s clear that creativity is in his blood. His drawings are unapologetically weird, wonderful, and modern with intricate detail and pattern. His creative flair runs in the family and has developed from a young age, as his mother and granddad are both artists too. 

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Whilst studying for a BTEC in Art and Design, Jazz was exposed to an array of design specialities including photography, product design and illustration, and says “I soon realised that I loved illustration.” Continuing his education, Jazz went to Bristol University to study illustration, but didn’t gel with his course. “After 7 months, I decided that it just wasn’t for me and came back home to Uppingham. It was definitely a culture shock after living independently in a city, I needed to get out and so moved to Leicester in December 2016.”

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From his talented housemate Nikki Millar (@sillygirlclub) to skateboarding life, Jazz is surrounded by inspiration in Leicester. “Leicester has an amazing creative community which embraces different cultures”, says Jazz, who has been skateboarding for around 10 years. “Leicester is home to skate groups such as Baghead Crew and Get Lesta; the whole culture and the board designs really inspire my work - it’s a way of life.” 

Artists that inspire Jazz include Ed Templeton and Mark Gonzales, Egon Schiele, Paradox Hirotton and Tynan Kerr. “I’m a big fan of Tynan Kerr’s line work and the colour he uses - it’s bizarre and different”, says Jazz, who draws in his spare time and whenever he isn’t working. “My style of illustration involves filling white space with repetition and natural formations; I go with the flow and concentrate on intricate designs within that.” Jazz’s continuous lines and repeated patterns are beautifully detailed meaning you can see something different each time you look at them.

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Future plans for Jazz include continuing creating art and eventually taking it full time. He will also be selling his work at various festivals, showcasing his work across the county. To see more of his work, follow Jazz on Instagram (@jazzwadeillustration) or on Facebook (Jazz Wade Illustration).