Cover Photo: Photograph courtesy of Brian Rea
Photograph courtesy of Brian Rea

On Art, Audience, and Activism: Brian Rea, Catapult’s October Artist

“If I see the sun come up once in a while, it makes me feel good, like I accomplished something no one else did.”

As part of our Catapult Artist program, Nicole Caputo, Catapults art director, sits with October’s #CatapultArtist for a conversation on art, creativity, and the artist’s life.

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Illustration by Brian Rea for Catapult, as featured in Jenny Tinghui Zhang's "In The Harsh Climate of Wyoming, I Learned to Listen to My Body"

Photograph courtesy of Brian Rea

Illustration by Brian Rea for Catapult, as featured in Katie Rose Pryal's "Finding a World Big Enough for My Twice-Exceptional Kids"

Election Anxiety.f I can touch people emotionally, sometimes that can “burn” more, and maybe that affects some change in a viewer’s behavior or thinking.

Illustration by Brian Rea for Catapult, as featured in M. Leona Godin's "Parting the Sea, and Why the White Cane is a Symbol of Power, Not Helplessness"

Photograph courtesy of Brian Rea

s on the schedule. Sometimes illustration and animation, sometimes painting. Other days, I do invoicing and estimates. I stay busy and mix it up to keep things fresh. I’m usually home by dinner, then I do more work once the lil’ guy goes down for the night. I love working late, when I can. If I see the sun come up once in a while, it makes me feel good, like I accomplished something no one else did. •

This interview has been edited for clarity.

Nicole is the Creative Director of Counterpoint Press, the Art Director of Catapult, and the co-founder of She Designs Books, an organization that celebrates women in book design. She was formerly VP, Creative Director at Hachette Book Group. 

Awards include the One Show, Communication Arts, Type Director's Club, Art Director's Club, AIGA/NY, HOW International Design, PRINT Regional Design, the New York Book Show, the National Gold Ink Awards, London International Creative Competition, STEP Design Magazine, and the Publishing Professionals Network.

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