“I guess I’d say my work is silly and rooted in absurdity but it’s still human-led,” says artist and illustrator Molly Fairhurst.
Molly was born in Yorkshire and studied for four years at Leeds Arts University. She moved to Bristol in 2018 and currently lives in Henleaze.
“I knew a friend here who needed a housemate,” Molly explains. “I thought the city seemed nice so moved on a bit of a whim. Turns out it is really, really nice.”
Her journey began on the It’s Nice That 2017 graduate scheme, with commissions coming in from the exposure.
Since then, Molly has worked for a range of large presses and companies, including The New York Times, Mailchimp, Throw & Co and Nobrow magazine.
“I loved drawing the book review in The New York Times,” says Molly. “It was for a really nice essay and the art director was lovely.
“Working with Mailchimp was really cool too. It was such a big open brief, they just said ‘we need some silly characters.’ I thought, ‘how about a cat in cowboy boots?’. I sent it to them and they were like ‘we love it’ and I didn’t expect that at all. Normally I have to reign in my ideas.”
She was invited to The Other Art Fair in 2018 at the Passenger Shed, drawing portraits of attendees, but her heart is in in supporting small art fairs.
Although Molly loves working on commercial pieces and is having great success, she wants to create more time for personal projects in the future as well.
Very much at the beginning of her artistic career, Molly is taking the world by storm, all from a small studio in the heart of Bristol.
See more of Molly’s work at www.mollyfairhurst.com