Wayne Tanswell was born in London in 1964. Shortly after this, his family moved to Long Melford, Suffolk. Wayne left school in 1980 and got his first job as a trainee sign writer. Since then his work has taken him all over the United Kingdom, including Scotland, Wales and the Isle of Wight. Wayne’s overseas work has taken him to Bahrain, Zambia, and European countries such as Spain, Holland and Belgium.
His work includes sign writing hotels, pubs and traditional shop fascias. His private commissions include work on Chris Rea’s video “Go Your Own Way”, Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and the Museum of Royal Worcester.
In 1995 Wayne was sponsored by quality brush manufacturer A.S. Handover, to make the film “Learn Signwriting Volume One” on VHS video.
As a lettering artist, Wayne’s solo exhibitions have been held in Cambridge, London, and his home county of Suffolk. His art consists of original quotations and mixed fonts, merging traditional sign writing and art with a contemporary flare. His exhibitions and art have been featured on TV and in national newspapers. Wayne has recently started to teach hand lettering at Central St Martins UAL, London.