The Octopus's Garden Comes To Abbey Road

9th October 2019
Artist number four in our Abbey Road wall takeover is illustrator and storyboard artist, Lewis Campbell, who, under the Lost Monkey moniker, has worked on a number of different creative projects that include comics and zines, etchings, screen-prints, and paintings of busy London skylines. All of his works embody his unique style of intricate pencil scrawlings bursting with splashes of colour and shade that bring them to life.

Campbell chose to visually interpret the themes and lyrics behind Ringo Starr's hit-track from the Abbey Road album, Octopus's Garden, with this incredible graffiti mural. We caught up with the London-based artist to find out more about his design:

Can you tell us a bit about yourself and your style of work?

I make paintings, illustrations and murals. My influences range from contemporary comics, Sci Fi and Fantasy art through to classic drawings and paintings from the renaissance period. I work with a variety of media including - acrylic paints, spray cans, pen & ink - often finishing work digitally.

Why did you choose to reinterpret The Beatles’ ‘Octopus’s Garden’ for your mural?

I felt that the whimsical nature of this song worked perfectly with my own visual sensibilities. Having drawn squid and octopi many times before this was an opportunity not to be missed!

Can you take us through the piece?

The composition shows one world breaching another- the octopus is travelling through his watery domain with fish darting this way and that while on the right hand side four figures in silhouette are running through a corridor in to an unknown space.

Where can we find more of your work?