About Us

200% is founded and edited by Thierry Somers. For the magazine and website, he conducts conversations with artists who are prepared to go any lenghts for their art.
To understand what makes them do what they do, he delves into their creative process and shadows them during their work, obtaining exclusive insights behind the scenes.
A fascinating documentary about film-making, ‘Hearts of Darkness’ (the making of ‘Apocalypse Now’), is one of the inspirations for Somers embarking on producing 200%. The documentary shows the creative process and struggles of the film’s director, Francis Ford Coppola, who digs deep to realize his dream; so deep that he is willing to risk his fortune, his family and even his own health. ‘Hearts of Darkness’ is the breathtaking experience of an artist who truly believed in what he had to do, and was determined to succeed at all costs.
Somers seeks out the likes of Mr Coppola, who see their art as a vocation, to feature in the magazine and on this blog. The stories are produced in a conversational style and in close collaboration with these artists. The print edition of 200% is published annually; on the blog a review or an interview is posted weekly.
 

Latest Blog

Andrew Tuck – The Monocle Book

Some people may perceive it as arrogant to title your first book ‘The Monocle Guide to Better Living’, thinking “who are you to tell me how to improve my life.” The editors of Moncole, though, can rightly use this title as the content fully delivers to the book’s...

Sylvain Le Guen – 200% Fan

How fan designer, Sylvain Le Guen, is creating a fan from the print editions of 200%. Like a flower blossoming, there is a magical discovery when you unfurl the fans of Sylvain Le Guen. Gifted with an unbridled imagination, the Frenchman has created exquisite fans...

Frieze London 2013

A selection of works, for its inauguration, is presented at Frieze London 2013. Elmgreen & Dragset, But I’m on the Guest List, Too!, 2013, Victoria Miro There were some artists in the Frieze Sculpture park that used mirrors as material for their sculptures, such...

Frieze Masters 2013

Suitably impressed by the level of work that was presented at the second edition of Frieze Masters, a fair that showcased work made before the year 2000, ranging from the ancient era and old masters to the late 20th century. As a consequence of the successful,...

89plus Marathon

Underneath the curvy, swirling white roof of Zaha Hadid’s futuristic new building, the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, the voices of a future generation were heard as the Serpentine Gallery hosted their eighth Marathon session. This year’s theme was 89plus, and for two...

Noma Bar

For his new exhibition, ‘Cut the Conflict’, the Israeli-born graphic artist, Noma Bar, has turned himself into a peace maker who attempts to bring together nations that are engaged in a conflict. One of the striking images in the show refers to the impasse between...

Graham Gouldman (10cc)

Graham Gouldman doesn’t answer the door when I’m standing in front of his house in North-West London. I call his manager, saying that he is not there, and he tells me he will call Graham. Within ten minutes, the bass guitarist of 10cc arrives, profusely apologising....