Ian Stevenson describes himself as "a professional man, secure in his sexuality and proud of his body." For such a confrontational character he has secured a number of high-profile sympathetic patrons, including fashion designer Sir Paul Smith, film director Shane Meadows (This is England, Dead Man's Shoes), The Tate Modern, Microsoft, Nintendo and Perrier. Ian was asked to provide the window installation for the Santa's Ghetto exhibition by Banksy and Lazarides in 2005, and participated in each consecutive event.
Described by industry bible Creative Review as "Brilliant, visually striking, with a twisted sense of fun and what can only be described as a ridiculous sense of menace", Ian's surprisingly popular work has become a rallying point for slightly bitter people who struggle to take anything seriously. High-concept slogan artist Anthony Burrill says of Ian "He draws familiar things, twisted and distorted beyond reasonable levels. His characters live in peril, the atmosphere is dark and unsettling. The colours are bright, but not in a cheery way. I don't know why Ian draws like this, nobody asked him to." But with numerous exhibitions, animations and books to his name, not to mention zeitgeist-figure status in the advertising world, Ian's work ultimately makes the viewer laugh using a combination of words and imagery.