IBIS Meetings

“Three Imaginative Friends”
Martin Steenson will speak on Harry Clarke, John Austen and Alan Odle
28 February 2018, 19:00 for 19:30 start
Art Workers’ Guild, 6 Queen Square, London

In 1925, St George’s Gallery in London held an exhibition of 3 kindred spirits. Harry Clarke, also a fine stained-glass artist, is perhaps best known for his illustrations to Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination, while John Austen, the most prolific of the group, illustrated a fine Hamlet amongst others. Alan Odle, on the other hand, struggled to get his work published, but it was much appreciated by the other two. The talk will cover their lives and work. There will be some original artwork on display.
Tickets £7.50, including wine and nibbles.

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The following events and exhibitions have come to our notice. Although some of these are not specifically related to book illustration, we think they might be of particular interest to IBIS members. We welcome suggestions for anything you think we might include on this page.

Current Exhibitions

Illustration Sale at Chris Beetles Gallery
Until 21 January 2018
Chris Beetles, Ryder St, London

Large quantity of original illustrations and cartoons at vastly reduced prices.

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Gerald Scarfe: Stage and Screen
Until 21 January 2018
House of Illustration, London

The first major exhibition of stage designs by celebrated illustrator and cartoonist Gerald Scarfe.

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Tove Jansson (1914-2001)
Until 28 January 2018
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Exhibition of the work of one of the most celebrated illustrators of the 20th century, Tove Jansson, known internationally as creator of the Moomin characters. Her wider outputs of graphic illustration and painting, however, are relatively unseen outside her home country of Finland.

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The Artful Book: 70 Years of The Folio Society
On until 28 January 2018
National Art Library Landing, V&A, London

The Folio Society is one of the most celebrated publishers of illustrated, collectable books for adults. This cabinet display features illustrated books and bindings, as well as original artwork and ephemera from the publisher’s archive.

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Annual Winter Exhibition
Until 31 January 2018
Illustration Cupboard, London

The 22nd annual exhibition at the Illustration Cupboard, displaying a full range of illustration art - from illustrated books, film artwork, reportage, political cartoons and theatre designs.

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A Farewell to Art: Chagall, Shakespeare and Prospero
Until 11 February 2018
Ben Uri Gallery, London

On display are Marc Chagall’s original lithographs to The Tempest, executed when the artist was eighty-eight years old. The lithographs use a pictorial medium within an ethnic and contemporary idiom belonging wholly to the painter. The Elizabethan world is replaced by the private and parochial imagery of the painter from the shtetl Vitebsk, a small, turn of the 20th century Jewish community in Russia, who migrated and settled in Paris, then the capital city of art, and became a citizen of the world.

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Heath Robinson’s World of Advertising
Until 18 February 2018
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, London

In the early 20th century, William Heath Robinson was one of the pioneering artists who rewrote the rules on how we communicate commercially: replacing the traditional copy-dominated style with a focus on imagery to tell stories. This special exhibition celebrates his most memorable advertising commissions, from whisky to bread, steel fabrication to leather, for nearly 100 clients including major brands such as Johnnie Walker and Hovis.

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Curator’s Talk, 8 February 2018: Geoffrey Beare explores Heath Robinson’s advertising work in the context of his career as an illustrator and humorous artist, showing how it eventually delivered a major part of his income over a 30-year period. The talk will draw on contemporary critical commentary to show how his unique abilities both as an artist and a humorist made him stand out from his peers to become the most sought after advertising artist of his day. NOTE: The Museum and shop will be open for viewing from 6pm, the talk will begin at 7pm and the museum will be open after the talk until approx 8:30pm.

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John Yeoman and Quentin Blake: 50 Years of Children’s Books
Until 4 March 2018
House of Illustration, London

Quentin Blake has had a number of extended collaborations with writers, and the longest of all with John Yeoman. Yeoman persuaded Blake to try children’s illustration for the first time in 1960. This resulted in their earliest book - A Drink of Water, being re-issued by Thames & Hudson in the autumn. Since then they have worked together on nearly 50 projects, continuing to this day. The latest, All The Year Round, will be launched by Andersen Press on 2 October to coincide with the exhibition.

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Christy Burdock, Illustrator in Residence at House of Illustration
Until March 2018
House of Illustration, London

Christy, a recent graduate of the Royal College of Art, describes her drawings as reflecting ‘the narrative of the everyday’. She works by immersing herself in microsocieties, observing individuals and the relationships between them, and then layering this observation with metaphor and imagination to create new worlds.

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Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic
Until 8 April 2018
V&A, London

The story behind the creative partnership of A.A. Milne and E.H. Shepard, brought to life through sketches, letters, photographs, cartoons, ceramics and fashion.

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Future Events and Exhibitions

Works on Paper, Art Fair
1 to 4 February 2018
Royal Geographical Society, London

This annual Art Fair presents art on paper for sale from every period, from the 16th Century through to the Victorian era, to Modern British and Contemporary work. There is always some work to be found falling into the category of book illustration. Like most fairs, there is a price for admission, but complimentary tickets can be obtained from a wide range of art dealers. Members of IBIS having difficulty getting a complimentary ticket should contact us and we will try to help.

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Book Fair: Children’s Illustrated and Modern First Editions
24 February 2018
Hilton Hotel, Olympia, London

Annual bookfair, which has proven to be of particular interest to IBIS members in the past. Follow the link for a complimentary ticket.

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Neo-Romantic Book Illustration in Britain 1943 to 1955
24 February to 20 May 2018
Heath Robinson Museum, Pinner, London

Neo-Romanticism was an art movement that drew inspiration partly from the landscapes of Samuel Palmer and the illustrations of William Blake, but also from more recent art movements such as cubism. It focused on the emotional content of the work, prioritising content over form.

This exhibition explores a new spirit of romanticism which suffused English book and magazine illustration as people reacted against the gloom of the blackout and rationing of the second world war. The key artists of the movement include John Minton, Keith Vaughan, John Craxton, Michael Ayrton, Edward Bawden and Henry Moore, all of whom are represented in the exhibition.

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Ravilious & Co: The Pattern of Friendship. English Artist Designers 1922-1942
17 March to 10 June 2018
Compton Verney, Warwickshire

Based on new research and telling a previously untold story, this exhibition (previously shown at the Towner Art Gallery) chronicles the personal and professional relationships between Ravilious and artist-designers such as Paul Nash, John Nash, Enid Marx, Barnett Freedman, Eileen Tirzah Garwood, Thomas Hennell, Douglas Percy Bliss, Peggy Angus, Helen Binyon, Diana Low, and one of his closest friends, Edward Bawden.

Ravilious & Co brings together nearly 500 paintings, prints, drawings, engravings, books, ceramics, wallpapers, and textiles – many rarely shown and previously unknown – and highlights key moments in the artists’ lives and work from first meetings at the Royal College of Art, to the evolution of their artistic practices into commercial and industrial design.

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Fine Press Book Fair
24 and 25 March 2018
Kassam Stadium Conference and Events Centre, Oxford

This major booksfair for collectors of fine press and illustrated books takes place every two years in Oxfors (although has had to be delayed until 2018). As alweays there will be stalls for presses, specialist book dealers, trade suppliers, and related organisations.

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Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair
28 March 2018
Manhattan, New York, USA

Specialist book fair organised by the Fine Press Book Association, timed to coincide with the Manhattan Vintage Book and Ephemera Show.

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Enid Marx: Print, Pattern and Popular Art
25 May to 30 September 2018
House of Illustration

Enid Marx is regarded as one of the artists who defined mid-20th century design. Over 150 works, many previously unseen, show her progression from hand-printed textiles to industrially-produced weaves, including her 1930s seating pattern for London Transport.

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Edward Bawden (Exhibition)
28 May to 9 September 2018
Dulwich Picture Gallery

This exhibition will bring together 170 works to re-introduce Bawden as a hugely versatile artist, who effortlessly pushed the boundaries between fine and commercial art. It will be the first to show the full breadth of Bawden’s artistic output, covering each of the many disciplines he mastered over his 60-year career, as well as exploring his lesser-known achievements as a fine artist.

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John Vernon Lord: Illustrating Carroll and Joyce
13 July to 4 November 2018
House of Illustration

John Vernon Lord’s pen and ink drawings are rich with metaphor, pattern and codes. This exhibition features his extraordinary work for five books including Finnegan’s Wake, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Ulysses.

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