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Messenger was born in London in 1980. He received his M.A. at the Royal College of Art, where he was awarded the Parallel Prize in 2005. He works mainly in pen & ink on paper, exploring combinations of repetition, geometry, and direct observation.

Messenger has become renowned not only for his ability as a draftsman, but for his execution of obsessive compulsive concepts that unfold on the paper in boggling displays of patience and control to illustrate just how little control we really have. Works by Messenger are in the collections of the Williams College Museum of Art, Museum of Art RISD, and shown at the Norton Museum’s 2010-2011 Now WHAT? exhibition.