Saturday, 1 October 2016

The Singing Bones - Celebration Event 26th October

Yes, October is here and it hasn't stopped drizzling - at long last we have an excuse to hunker down with a book, so let's make it a great one!

Shaun Tan's The Singing Bones was released by Walker Books at the beginning of September to much acclaim.  Inspired by Grimm's Fairy Tales, it has taken the essence of each story and boiled it down to key interactions; what Shaun himself calls "nightmare fodder" in this article by the Financial Times.

Fox and The Devil and his Sooty Brother on display in the Gallery this summer

We are thrilled about the book's release as the sculptures that illustrate the stories took pride of place in our exhibition: Shaun Tan's Surrealist Vision earlier this year.

All between 6cm and 40cm in height, Tan spent around three days on each of the 75 sculptures that adorn the pages of The Singing Bones; moulding, painting, drying and photographing until each figure was complete.  This article by Sian Cain at The Guardian explores Shaun Tan's transition from pencils to clay to create the sculptures.  Images of some of the sculptures that feature in the book can be seen here and we have a few still available to purchase via our website or over the telephone: 0207 976 1727 

Two travellers
The Devil and his Sooty Brother

In addition to the sculptures, we will also be hosting an event at the IllustrationCupboard on Wednesday 26th October 5-8pm to celebrate The Singing Bones, including an exclusive Skype screening with Shaun Tan.  We look forward to welcoming you to the Gallery on the 26th!

Saturday, 18 June 2016

The Art Fair and London Art Week

Art Fair
We will be exhibiting at The Art Antiques London Fair from 24 - 30th June on Stand E16.  The Albert Memorial and Kensington Gardens once again provide the stunning backdrop to one of London's most exciting and glamorous art and antique fairs. Held in a beautiful bespoke pavilion opposite the Royal Albert Hall and close to the site of the Great Exhibition of 1851 Art Antiques London brings together leading international dealers and discerning visitors from all over the world, who can buy with confidence at this strictly vetted sumptuous summer showcase for the arts.  Pop into the gallery to pick up a complementary ticket for two which has an equivalent value of £40.

We will be exhibiting a range of some of the most prolific illustrators of the 20th century: Edward Ardizzone:

Quentin Blake:

and Brian Wildsmith to name a few:

To view the full range of works being exhibited please see our website.  We look forward to welcoming you to stand E16.

London Art Week
Following our stint at Art Antiques London we then roll straight into London Art Week.  This hugely important gallery-based celebration of pre-contemporary art, will take place in Mayfair and St. James’s from 1 - 8 July.  Bringing together almost 50 leading specialist dealers and three auction houses, this year will present more dedicated exhibitions than ever before; and  the IllustrationCupboard Gallery we will be exhibiting one of our favourites: George Butler, whose work is available to view online now and in the gallery from 1 July to coincide with this spectacular celebration.

Displaced People: Reportage Illustration will focus on George's recent travels in Syria and covers the effects of the current migration crisis in Europe.  A selection of original drawings and watercolours are available to purchase online, over the phone and in the IllustrationCupboard Gallery.

The video below from February 2015 by Monocle Magazine explores the emotion and truth behind George's illustrations:

As part of the exhibition we will be hosting a very special evening with the man himself who will be reflecting on his experiences for the most recent exhibition.  Tickets for this event are limited to 25, and £20 each - please contact the gallery directly on 0207 976 1727 to book.

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Shaun Tan is coming to London! Wednesday 1 June 2016

Shaun Tan's 'A Surrealist Vision' exhibition launched on 11 May with a very successful Private View which was well attended by fans of the prolific illustrator and film-maker.

View of the gallery from the outside

You can meet the genius himself, as he is coming to London and will be in attendance at the IllustrationCupboard Gallery on 1st June from 4-7pm for a book signing event.

It is set to be a popular event so early arrival is recommended.  Please note that only books sold in the gallery will be able to be signed.

Our latest Shaun Tan exhibition 'A Surrealist Vision' features a combination of pastel and pencil drawings along with an array of sculptures for purchase.  See the Shaun Tan exhibition page of the website for more details.

The sculptures are a beautiful collection, with witty titles and imagery, such as The Devil and his Sooty Brother:

The Devil and his Sooty Brother


This sculptures all have a recognisable element to them, but are surreal, dreamlike forms which emerge from much artistic exploration and experimentation.  Tan has also employed a number of techniques and glazes in the creation of these miniature marvels, which help to animate them within the imagination.
The Master Thief

The Surrealist Vision Exhibition
Alongside Tan's sculptures and drawings we also have a selection of his books available to purchase, including the yet-to-be-released copy of The Singing Bones due to be published in the UK in September 2016, which can be ordered in hardback or as a limited gift box edition with exclusive signed and numbered print.

Back by popular demand, we have also produced a catalogue featuring 43 pages of stunning images from the exhibition, which include a brief commentary from Tan, available to purchase online, in the gallery and over the telephone for £20.

Iron Hans and Limited Edition Catalogues

The exhibition runs from 11 May until the 11 June 2016.  We look forward to seeing you soon!

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Exhibitions and events for 2016

Spring is around the corner, and in the gallery we've assembled a fantastic line-up of treats for 2016 to see you through the year:

First up is 2 - 15 March: Jill Murphy's Five Minutes Peace 30th Anniversary

The book sees Mrs. Large search in vain for somewhere to relax from her rambunctious children.  The gallery presents a varied display of Jill's original published drawings and watercolours.  This exhibition is only up for a few more days, so make sure you don't miss it!

22 March - 2 April: Das Beste Von Allem: Contemporary German Illustration, featuring Axel Scheffler
Translating literally as 'Best of All', Das Beste Von Allem is a catalogue of many things, portrayed by 60 illustrators, including Axel Scheffler, our favourite German talent.  It represents the best of German illustrators doodling together.

22 - 23 April: Lismore Story Festival: Towers and Tales (Ireland)
We plan to once again cross England's noble shores to spend a weekend with our good friends in Lisamore.  Held within the grounds of Lismore Castle, the festival was borne out of the idea that every child in Ireland should be gifted a free book to encourage literacy and spark imagination.
Visitors at Towers and Tales Lismore's Story Festival 2015
Last year's event was a great success so we look forward to welcoming you to the Emerald Isle for a weekend of frolics, fantasy and illustration fun!

13 - 30 April: Children's Laureate Chris Riddell
To celebrate Chris' fantastic work as the current Children's Laureate we will be displaying an array of his graphic work, alongside a number of his well-known books; including the more recent Doodle-a-Day book by Macmillan.
A selection of Chris' character studies from his Instagram page (top two rows - and the IllustrationCupboard website
The exhibition will also feature a book signing event with the man himself - exact dates to be confirmed - so keep an eye on our Twitter page for up to date information.

11 May - 11 June: Shaun Tan's Surrealist Vision 
A sneak preview of some of the wonderful Shaun Tan artwork that will be on display
This will be an ecclectic mix of some of Shaun Tan's latest work.  Covering the mediums of pastel, painting and drawing, Tan's surrealist workings of foreign lands where the imagination is allowed to run wild encapsulate a melting pot of nature and culture that surpasses reality.

1 - 8 July: London Art Week 2016 featuring George Butler
The whole of London will be buzzing as the annual London Art Week Festival takes hold.  The IllustrationCupboard will be exhibiting a special feature on George Butler, reportage illustrator and V&A Illustration Award Winner.
George drawing in Serbia in the latter part of 2015 - more information about this trip is available on Buzzfeed

13 - 30 July: Looking at Graphic Novels with Alexis Deacon
In mid-July we will be throwing light on Alexis Deacon's new book Geis, published by Nobrow books, alongside other artworks from well-known publications and comics.

Geis Alexis Deacon's new book released in June and exclusively signed for IllustrationCupboard

August in Tokyo: Anita Jeram in Tokyo
In August, in association with Kyuryudo Art Publishing Co., the IllustrationCupboard will be hitting the eastern market with an array of spectacular drawings by Anita Jeram, at NADiff Norden Bookshore, Shibuya in central Tokyo.

3 August - 3 September: The Enchanting World of Shirley Hughes
Key works from Shirley Hughes' archive will be returning to the walls of the Illustration Cupboard, where visitors will be able to view Shirley's evocations of British life through well-known and much loved characters.

21 September -15 October: 40 Years of Aardman Animations
The balloons will be up as we join Aardman Animations in celebrating 40 years of success.  This four-times Oscar-winning studio has gone from strength to strength with memorable features such as Creature ComfortsShaun the Sheep and of course Wallace and Gromit.

19 - 30 October: 4th Annual Political Cartoon Exhibition
From satire to spoof we will be welcoming the best and brightest that the political cartoon scene has to offer.
Top: Christian Adams
Middle: Jeremy Banks aka BANX
Bottom: Paul Thomas

2 - 19 November: The Art of Edward Ardizzone
At the Library Table

A celebrated war artist, author and illustrator, Ardizzone's iconic watercolours and drawings will be on display in the gallery in early November.

23 November - 31 January 2017: 21st Annual Winter Exhibition

Now in its 21st year, the Annual Winter Exhibition will return with aplomb showcasing some of the world's finest illustration art from around the world.  One of the major events of our calendar year, this exhibition is not to be missed.

We'll hope you'll agree it's a jam-packed lineup for the rest of the year, so we look forward to welcoming you to the gallery and sharing the experience with you!

Saturday, 30 January 2016

20th Annual Winter Exhibition

Today is the last day of the 20th Annual Winter Exhibition, and what a year it's been.  The gallery turned 20 (my golly we feel old!!) and celebrated in style!
Neil Packer generously designed us a bespoke logo that you may have spotted at the bottom of any email correspondence, which depicts the front of the gallery in its unscaffolded finery.

We have been absolutely thrilled to play host to such celebrated illustrators as Edward Ardizzone and Beatrix Potter during our Winter Exhibition, and would like to thank all of the visitors to the gallery for their continued support.

During the Exhibition period we also had a wonderful Annual Winter Festival Day, which blew away the winter blues with some fabulous classical guitar from our pal George Tarleton, who lulled visitors with his sweet melodies.

We were also thrilled to welcome Laura Carlin and Louise Yates to the gallery, who were signing copies of their books, which are still available to purchase in store and over the phone:

To thank all of the marvellous illustrators that we work with, we also held a special 20th anniversary lunch in the gallery.

 This picture 'Cocktails' by Anita Jeram sums up the festive feeling from the afternoon.
Keep an eye on the Illustration Gallery website, as we finalise our exhibition line-up for 2016 - we hope you enjoy what the gallery has to offer.  A belated Happy New Year to you all and we look forward to welcoming you to the gallery soon!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

The 20th Annual Winter Exhibition 2015 and The Christmas Eve Tree book launch

The Christmas season has got off to a sparkling start with the launch of our 20th Annual Winter Exhibition on the 18th November, followed hot on the heels by the book launch and celebration of The Christmas Eve Tree.

The book has a special connection with Illustrationcupboard Gallery as it was written by the late Delia Huddy, mother of the gallery founder John.  The manuscript had been hidden in a drawer at Walker Books and was only recently re-discovered and published.

The book has also been already translated into a number of languages including 
German, Spanish, French and Japanese!

First edition copies of the book signed by illustrator Emily Sutton available to
 purchase from the gallery, and over the phone for £12.99.  
Below, Emily diligently signs copies of the book for visitors at the book launch last Wednesday.

At the launch there was a wonderful turnout by family, friends and colleagues with a air of happy remembrance, love and affection. A kind and well-appointed address to the packed gallery was given by publisher Caroline Royds, Julia MacRae and long-standing family friend Colonel Lawrence.

Above Daphne of Illustrationcupboard Gallery shows off The Christmas Eve Tree 
in front of original gouache artwork by Emily Sutton. 
This work, along with signed copies of the book, is available for purchase.

Saturday, 7 November 2015

Shaken, not stirred: John McLusky's James Bond

On the 28th October the Illustration Gallery was proud to host an evening celebrating the opening of The James Bond Exhibition which runs from 27 October - 14 November.

John McLusky's original artworks for the Daily Express, spanned 18 James Bond adventures, producing a whopping 2,250 comic strips between 1958 - 1983 and we are very fortunate to be able to have some of the original cells on display and for sale, illustrating various scenes from a number of the books.
John McLusky
It was wonderful to be joined for the evening by  Sean McLusky, son of John McLusky.
Sean McLusky
The illustrations first featured in the Daily Express in 1958, and covered Fleming's first James Bond novel: Casino Royale.

Street Banner designed in collaboration with Turnbull & Asser
McLusky's Bond with his square face and chiseled features led to the appointment of Sean Connery as the first ever Bond on screen, in the critically acclaimed Dr No.  One anecdote notes that "Sean Connery, appearing in a theatre production, was sitting in his dressing room with another fellow actor who was reading a copy of the Daily Express.  This gentleman remarked to Sean how he felt that he should play the part of Bond, as he looked remarkably like the face in the strip cartoon."

We were very lucky to have sponsorship from The East London Liquor Company  who were on hand providing Bond-appropriate refreshments, naturally shaken, not stirred:

Thank you to everyone who joined us for the celebration and made the evening such a success; we look forward to welcoming you back to the gallery again soon.

The exhibition is for your eyes only (!) so you must visit the Illustration Cupboard to experience the action for yourself. The exhibition is on until the 14 November.