George Snow, a maestro of artistic innovation, has ingeniously breathed new life into Mr. Miaf Animaze Festival Mascot, seamlessly fusing it with the iconic Andy Warhol style. The result is a captivating masterpiece that pays homage to Warhol’s timeless pop art while adding a fresh and vibrant dimension to the festival’s beloved mascot. Snow’s artistic alchemy showcases his ability to reimagine and reimprint, leaving an indelible mark on the canvas of imagination.
George Snow is a name synonymous with unwavering support for the Animaze Festival, a creative visionary on the jury of several prestigious occasions at the Cannes edition, a pioneer in MTV videos, and the artistic force behind the captivating visual experiences of this year’s Animaze 10th edition. However, his journey is not just a testament to his accomplishments; it’s a narrative woven with dedication, creativity, and a commitment to pushing artistic boundaries.
Born with a passion for the arts, George Snow’s journey took him to remarkable heights. His educational foundation was laid at Tal Handak Royal Naval School in Malta and Windsor Boys School in Westphalia, Germany. It was during these formative years that his artistic inclinations started to take root. Pursuing his passion, he embarked on a path of filmmaking and design, eventually studying at Middlesex University. Not only did he hone his skills there, but he also shared his knowledge by lecturing at the same institution. His commitment to education extended to esteemed institutions like the Royal College of Art in London, The Danish Design School, The Royal Danish Academy, Parsons in New York, and Syracuse in New York State. Such contributions led to his honorary professorship at the Duncan of Jordanstone College of the University of Dundee.
Snow’s artistic journey was marked by profound experiences that shaped his perspective. During his college years, he ventured to Northern Ireland as a war photographer, capturing the tumultuous period between ‘Internment Without Trial’ and ‘Bloody Sunday.’ His poignant work found its way into publications like Morning Star, Socialist Worker, Time Out, and OZ, solidifying his commitment to using art as a medium for truth-telling and social commentary.
After college, Snow’s creative flair extended into the music industry, where he collaborated closely with Albion records. His design prowess brought life to iconic record sleeves and logos, including those for artists like 999, Ian Gomm, the dbs, PinPoint, and the Outskirts. The impact of his music industry design work reverberated across Europe, featuring regularly in Edward Booth-Clibborn’s European Illustration during the vibrant 80s.
Snow’s graphic brilliance transcended music to grace the pages of esteemed publications. His work adorned the likes of Harpers & Queen, Vogue, the Sunday Times, The New York Times, Penguin Books, New Scientist, Playboy, and BBC Publications, reflecting his versatility and ability to infuse art into various spheres.
A significant chapter of Snow’s creative journey unfolded in the realm of music videos. His artistic vision contributed to several iconic videos, including those for the Art of Noise, Jack ‘n’ Chill, Ultraviolet, the Stranglers, and London Beat. Among these, London Beat’s “I’ve Been Thinkin’ About You” soared to worldwide number one, while Jack ‘n’ Chill’s “Beatin’ the Heat” climbed to number three in the UK charts. His talents extended to the realm of short dramas, as he was commissioned by Channel 4 to craft two compelling pieces as part of John Wyver’s ‘Ghosts in the Machine’ series. His exceptional drama “The Assignation” garnered numerous awards, including a special commendation at the Tokyo Video Festival in 1989.
As Snow’s artistic horizons continued to expand, animation entered the picture. His inaugural animation, “Tall Story,” commissioned by Carlton TV, secured its place as a finalist in the 1995 British Animation Awards. Collaborating with the Art of Noise, his installation “Motorway” made waves across the globe, exhibited at the Worldwide Video Festival in Den Haag, the Melkweg in Amsterdam, and Video Brazil in Sao Paulo. His single-screen iteration of “Motorway” graced the London Film Festival in 1993 and was featured at ‘Video Positive’ in the Tate Gallery Liverpool.
Snow’s artistic journey took him to various corners of the world, each chapter contributing to his prolific body of work. From designing websites for renowned fashion houses in Florence to curating the unique experience of ‘Bike Palestine,’ a cycling tour of the region, Snow’s creations continued to touch hearts and minds.
One of his crowning achievements was the creation of “APES,” a 360-degree panoramic movie inspired by the architectural works of Alberti, Piranesi, and Escher. Curated by Tom van Vliet, the film garnered endorsement from the Escher Museum in Den Haag. This remarkable work made waves at prestigious events like the Cannes Film Festival and the Animaze Festival in Montreal.
Snow’s repertoire expanded to embrace a diverse range of mediums, from sculpture to documentary. His sculptures found a permanent home in ‘The Garden Of Heroes,’ and his documentary “PIG” reached a staggering 1,000,000 hits on YouTube. Although his work wasn’t immune to controversy, such as the ban of “They’re Naked and They Dance” by YouTube, Snow’s artistic integrity remained unshaken.
In 2016, his compelling production of Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher” turned heads globally. Set in Palestine and featuring Palestinian actress Riham Isaaq and Alex Macbeth, the film earned two ‘Best Short’ awards, most notably at the Tokyo International Film Festival.
Today, George Snow calls Cortona, Tuscany, his home, a testament to his global journey and the impact of his artistic contributions. His legacy continues to thrive, with his name etched in the annals of art history as a pioneer, a visionary, and an unyielding advocate for pushing artistic boundaries. With an impressive portfolio spanning decades and mediums, George Snow’s journey serves as an inspiration for artists and creatives around the world, reminding us that art is not just a profession, but a way of life that leaves an indelible mark on the world’s canvas.