There are a lot of issues in today's society. Addiction to social media, devaluation of workers, unhealthy lifestyles, and that's just a few of them. A lot of us don't even notice these problems; we either ignore them or don't run into them at all. However, artist John Holcroft tackles them head-on and illustrates the issues of today's world in his satirical and honest art.

John has been illustrating since 1996. He works and lives in the UK. His past clients include Guardian, Telegraph, Times, BBC, and many others. John Holcroft's art looks simplistic, but it hides a deep and complicated meaning. It's pretty amazing how he can portray such serious topics with one simple illustration.

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#1

This Illustration Is Going To Lose Me Some Followers

This Illustration Is Going To Lose Me Some Followers

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

Is that supposed to be Trump leading his followers to slaughter?

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We got hold of John to ask him some questions about his art: "I started illustrating professionally in 1996, originally studying graphic design in the early '90s, but the recession made it impossible to find work especially as technology was going through a big change. I decided to illustrate using acrylics on board, which changed to digital in 2000. Having created a few different styles, I settled on my current style in 2010 and have been progressing ever since. I get my inspiration from observing life in general. I’ve always been an odd-ball and seen things differently so I think it shows in my work," said John when asked what inspires him to create and when he started to create art.

#2

Illustration About Mental Health At A Time Of Social Isolation

Illustration About Mental Health At A Time Of Social Isolation

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Nea
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2 months ago

This hits me hard- feel anxious just looking at it

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"I don’t set out to lampoon different parts of society and I’m not on a crusade to solve all problems of today. I’m an illustrator and it’s how I make my living so I need to create show pieces to attract work and the work I create has to resonate with people."

#3

One Day This Will Be Yours

One Day This Will Be Yours

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Ryleigh
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2 months ago

Adults giving children a broken world. Sounds right

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Raine Soo
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2 months ago

This illustration is saying alot.

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John shares what issues in today's world he is most passionate about: "I’m not more passionate about issues than anyone else; however, I don’t like injustices of any kind so I usually focus my concepts on the things most people care about, such as corporate greed, climate change, and politics. If I had the power to change the world I would try to put an end to corrupt governments and corporate giants having control. I would make sure money is put in the right places, i.e.: tackling climate change and I would have a fairer system that cares for ordinary people."

#5

Enough Said

Enough Said

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago

Yes, America never has been greater. After destroying law and order, Trump is now telling people he's going to restore law and order. I guess setting your convicted friends free from jail is enforcing law and order.

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#6

A Piece About The Fight Against Climate Change

A Piece About The Fight Against Climate Change

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WilvanderHeijden
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2 months ago

Government looks left, sees a plastic bottle in your garbage and fines you $10 000 for polluting the environment. Government doesn't see that on the right the president is allowing oilcompanies to drill in nature reserves.

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"My style is conceptual and can sometimes be satirical, but I can normally adapt to the brief I’m working on. The look of my style was originally supposed to emulate the old-style screen-print posters, but it has evolved in the last 10 years and nowadays, I try to keep it simple but hard-hitting," shared John when asked to describe his style. He is a freelance artist and does a lot of commission work.

#7

Social Media Can Have A Negative Influence On Teenagers' Self Esteem, Giving Them A False Impression Of How A Body Should Look

 Social Media Can Have A Negative Influence On Teenagers' Self Esteem, Giving Them A False Impression Of How A Body Should Look

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

Teenagers already have doubts about their self-esteem. Please do not fan the fire.

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#8

Climate Emergency And How We Are Dealing With It

Climate Emergency And How We Are Dealing With It

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

We are undoubtedly moving at a snail's pace.

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We asked the artist what sort of reactions he gets from people when they see his art: "Most people appreciate the concepts in my work and give me positive feedback, whereas others either don’t quite get it or take great offence and give me grief. The point of my work is to get you thinking and discussing. Of course there will be those who disagree with my points and that’s fine because it keeps me in check."

#9

Profiting From The Causes Of Climate Change

Profiting From The Causes Of Climate Change

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Chyppa Homer
Community Member
2 months ago

Anybody else notice, that the world is literally crushing Brazil beneath it in this pic. O_o

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#10

Making Money

Making Money

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Adam C
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2 months ago

The Rich will have the Poor to do this for them.

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#11

Love Hurts

Love Hurts

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
2 months ago

ouch!

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#12

The Cost Of Pharmaceuticals

The Cost Of Pharmaceuticals

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

Can't emphasize how true this is

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#13

Housing Magazine Article About Asylum Seekers Being Evicted And Having The Locks Changed

Housing Magazine Article About Asylum Seekers Being Evicted And Having The Locks Changed

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

I love the creativity of this painting

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#14

Online Fraud

Online Fraud

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Literary Lad
Community Member
2 months ago

well put

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#15

Liar Liar

Liar Liar

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postboredom
Community Member
2 months ago

...pants on fire

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#16

Ladder Of Privilege

Ladder Of Privilege

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Raine Soo
Community Member
2 months ago

Success is even less than a crap shoot if all sides of the dice is loaded with a one.

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#17

Illustration About Testing For A Vaccine For Covid 19

Illustration About Testing For A Vaccine For Covid 19

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
2 months ago

No, scientific research is very different from what is portrayed here. Some president may say it's something like "Hey, let's try ingesting disinfectants and if that doesn't work we could try some light therapy." , but than, that president isn't the Jenius he says he is.

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#18

Working From Home In Self Isolation

Working From Home In Self Isolation

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Jon S.
Community Member
2 months ago

I quite enjoy working form home. More time with my wife. More time to do chores. Less stressful commutes. I feel a little disconnected at times and there are definitely some tasks that were easier in an office, but more up sides than down. I'm lucky to live with someone I get on with though.

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Ms Forty Seven
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2 months ago

No caption/title? Hmm... is it about freedom of thinking?

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#20

Going Nowhere

Going Nowhere

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
2 months ago

Inaccurate. All but one should be in a treadmill.

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#21

Virus In The Works

Virus In The Works

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
2 months ago

first i thought that was a heart... and the copule

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#22

Ladder Of Success

Ladder Of Success

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Ryleigh
Community Member
2 months ago

Agree

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#23

About Identity Theft

About Identity Theft

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*sigh*, The Yellow Teletubby
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2 months ago

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idk wHY thats so funny to me, but LMAO

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#24

Piece About Microaggressions

Piece About Microaggressions

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CbusResident
Community Member
2 months ago

As Bill Maher put it, if something is a micro-agression, shouldn't it only make you micro-angry?

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#25

Healthcare Bureaucracy

Healthcare Bureaucracy

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boredpanDaman
Community Member
2 months ago

who is cutting the ties? is that good or bad?

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#26

Illustration About Internet Security

Illustration About Internet Security

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WilvanderHeijden
Community Member
2 months ago

That's the front door. But many people leave the windows and backdoor open while they announce on Twitter that they won't be home for the coming 7 days.

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#27

Phishing Email Scams On The Increase During Lockdown

Phishing Email Scams On The Increase During Lockdown

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Heather Hayllar
Community Member
2 months ago

love this illustration

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#28

Illustration About People Coping Financially During The Pandemic

Illustration About People Coping Financially During The Pandemic

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AnaV.pt
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

I can feel it...

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#29

This Is About Screen Time And How Too Much Can Affect Children's Physical And Mental Health

This Is About Screen Time And How Too Much Can Affect Children's Physical And Mental Health

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Bacony Cakes
Community Member
2 months ago (edited)

*sniff* I smell boomers... (P.S: Full Name, go fuck yourself like a redback spider)

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#30

This Is About Saving For Retirement

This Is About Saving For Retirement

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Literary Lad
Community Member
2 months ago

world economics education

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#31

What Can We Do To Safeguard Our Economies From The Virus?

What Can We Do To Safeguard Our Economies From The Virus?

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Literary Lad
Community Member
2 months ago

change the way economics works, change the game and its rules. don't equate growth to production only, but uplift the conditions of all under served ones with the money previously gathered, and let people discover ways of make their needs met, and put an intelligent diverse think tank to find ways to undo, replace and transition from present way of doing everything to another without minimum hassle

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#32

Illustration About The Cost Of The Virus

Illustration About The Cost Of The Virus

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Arctic Fox Lover
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2 months ago

Lots of euros, apparently?

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