Archive for February, 2010

Cristian Guitian @ The Print House 04/03/2010

Friday, February 26th, 2010


‘Portraits of My Life as a Bird’ explores the nature and aesthetics of the hybrid.
Building on a body of illustration, Cristina has recently expanded into sculpture. Alarmed by our disposable culture, she began rescuing dumped pieces of furniture from the street. Inspired by the craftsmanship of a by-gone era, Cristina gave these found objects a simple choice: be reborn as part of her evolutionary experiment, or be annihilated by progress. With a willing collection of subjects, she thus set to work creating this explosive homage to the power of diversity.”
The private view will be on Thursday 4th of March from 7.00 – 9.30
The Print House
18 Ashwin Street
E8 3DL

AOI Member Harvey Hartley’s iPhone wallpapers

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Peterborough-based illustrator Harvey Hartley has recently produced some interesting looking iPhone wallpapers. The initial idea was to design an image to Bluetooth strangers on the train but it has since evolved into what you see here.harveyhartley_wallpaper_jjwrharveyhartley_wallpaper_jwr2
You can find the iPhone wallpapers and other examples of Harvey’s work on the pages of his blog… <> and

Ronald Searle 90th Birthday at The Cartoon Museum 3/03/2010

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010

Ronald Searle celebrates his 90th birthday on 3 March 2010. Regarded as ‘The Master’ by cartoonists not only in Britain but around the world he is still drawing and continues to inspire cartoonists, illustrators, animators, film makers and artists in many fields. This exhibition shows 140 works from across his seventy- five-year career, from his early cartoons for the Cambridge Daily News in the 1930s to political cartoons for Le Monde in the 2000s.  Many of the pictures have been lent by Searle himself. The focus is particularly on his reportage drawings which show Searle’s skill for capturing the essence of an event, character or situation. RS

Ronald Searle – Graphic Master
A 90th birthday celebration
3 March – 4 July 2010

The Cartoon Museum
35 Little Russell Street
London WC1A 2HH

‘To say he is an artist is no more than the truth, but he is more than that: he is our greatest living cartoonist with a lifelong dedication to his craft … His work is truly international, yet absolutely grounded in the English comic tradition.’ Steve Bell

‘I owe him a huge debt as an inspiration. In my workroom Ronald Searle’s books share the shelf with Rowlandson and George Grosz. He belongs with the masters in a great tradition.’   Posy Simmonds

‘The two people who have probably had the greatest influence on my life are Lewis Carroll and RonaldSearle’ John Lennon

SARAI VARDI @ MARIOS CAFE (throughout March)

Monday, February 22nd, 2010

AOI Member Sarai Vardi will be holding a solo exhibition in the famous Mario’s Cafe in Kentish town from the 1st to the 31st of March

“pop down for a brew and a browse. A collection of pen and ink drawings as well as a series of spacey collages, all work balances on the fine line between reality and make believe.”


Mario’s Cafe

6 Kelly Street, Kentish town, London, NW18PH

(Open 7.30am-4pm Mon-Sat)

Images 33 at University Campus Suffolk

Friday, February 19th, 2010


The Images 33 Tour brought the sunshine with it to Suffolk when it was opened in Ipswich on Wednesday with a speech by Mark Wigan at the private view celebrating just how good we British illustrators are at our jobs. Don’t miss the opportunity if you are in that part of the country to pop by and enjoy the work in a superb new gallery setting. Click here for the opening times.


AU SECOURS: Art For Haiti

Friday, February 19th, 2010

If any of you are in the EC2 area this Sunday please come down and visit this group show.

All sales go towards the people of Haiti which I’m sure you will all agree is a VERY worthy cause.


Electric Zombie plagiarism?

Friday, February 19th, 2010

Posted on the ever exellent and vigilant youthoughtwewouldntnotice blog today was another questionable plagiarism case. Designer Horsebite’s design for the clothing company, Electric Zombie has re-appeared on the cover of Carne Visual Arts Magazine courtesy of another completely different designer.


At the AOI, we take several issues into consideration before proceeding with a solid plagiarism case and whether or not it will stand in court. What do YOU think?


Homework: Modern Polish Poster Design

Wednesday, February 17th, 2010

Kemistry Gallery is pleased to announce their latest exhibition —

Homework: Modern Polish Poster Design
(5 March — 17 April 2010)


Since forming in 2003, Warsaw-based studio Homework has been creating
posters for cultural events. Aware of Poland’s renowned legacy in poster design
but with no intentions to be part of it, the work they create nods to the simple
visual puns of Mieczys?aw Wasilewski and the playful illustrative style of Witkor
Gorka. However, rather than exist in homage to their predecessors, Joanna
Górska and Jerzy Skakun have created a distinctive style that has seen them
garner prizes at poster biennials across the world as well as gallery exhibitions
in Paris and Berlin. Design writer Ellen Lupton, in the book Area_2, credits
Joanna and Jerzy with “bringing the medium [of the Polish poster] back to life,
and updating it for the twenty-first century”, and notes that, “while reviving the
poster tradition, these designers are also wedding an art-based medium to the
contemporary practice of graphic design.”

Homework’s exhibition at Kemistry Gallery marks their first in the UK.
The gallery proudly present a selection of over fifty of their prints including
classic cinema and modern Polish theatre posters, with a selection available
for purchase from the gallery and online at <>


Kemistry Gallery 43 Charlotte Road London EC2A 3PD

Opening Hours:
Mon–Fri 10.00–6.00
Saturday 11.00–4.00

Always free.

Oliver Jeffers in conversation 19/03/2010

Monday, February 15th, 2010

heart n bottle

Oliver Jeffers
In Conversation with Martin Salisbury
London College of Communication
Main Lecture Theatre, Elephant and Castle, SE1 6SB
Friday 19th March 2010 2.30 pm

This is a rare opportunity to hear the award winning children’s book author, illustrator, artist and New York resident Oliver Jeffers talk about his work and new book The Heart and the Bottle in conversation with children’s book expert and author Martin Salisbury. The event will comprise of a presentation by Oliver followed by a discussion of his work with Martin Salisbury then the floor will be opened for questions. Tickets will be limited so BOOK NOW.

Please Book in Advance
AOI Members £15
Non Members £20
Non Member Students (Please send proof of status) £17.50
AOI college member students (Bookings by lecturer) £15
SCBWI Members (Please send proof of status) £15

How to Book: book securely online at, call 020 7324 7222 to pay by credit or debit card or email [email protected] or follow the link ….

Twitter campaign against Paperchase copyright violation

Friday, February 12th, 2010

Illustrator Hidden Eloise struck out at Paperchase for copyright violations of her work. Using Twitter to spread the word, it has become a global trending topic that has even seen Neil Gaiman getting involved. (info sourced from The Guardian)


left: image by Hidden Eloise // right: image from Paperchase

At the AOI, we have seen a few plagiarism cases in our time. It is important to remember that for a plagiarism case to be successful, many factors have to be considered. Remember that a style cannot be copyrighted (or even an idea for that matter). Elements have to be very closely duplicated and what may appear a straightforward case, often isn’t. Most creatives recognise that it is extremely upsetting to see work that may have been copied from their own, and the AOI is able to advise members if they believe this has happened to them.