Archive for January, 2012

Alex Brychta honoured

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Alex Brychta has been made an MBE in the New Years Honours List.

As the illustrator, he has partnered Roderick Hunt who writes the standard primary text books for teaching children to read. Their characters, Biff, Chip and Kipper as well as their dog, Floppy have entertained children for the last 20 years with their adventures with the Magic Key and more recently their series of the Time Chronicles. His illustrations are humorous, beautifully executed and full of detail which engage young readers.

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A couple of years ago, Alex and Roderick received an Outstanding Achievement Award for services to education. Roderick Hunt was made an MBE several years ago


Cut & Run

Monday, January 9th, 2012

05 January — 28 January 2012

Kemistry Gallery
43 Charlotte Road
London EC2A 3PD
+44 (0) 20 7729 3636

Opening Hours: Mon–Sat 10.00–6.00. Free

A group exhibition of original works by British illustrators Jack Teagle, Matthew Bromley, Ryan Chapman and Matthew Dent.

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The show aims to bring together four bold individual illustration styles and explore their unique visual take on adventure, hunting, afterlife, happiness and beyond. The exhibition will feature original paintings, sculptures and limited-edition prints all available from Kemistry Gallery.

Ronald Searle 1920-2011

Tuesday, January 3rd, 2012


AOI is saddened to hear of the death of unique illustrator and AOI Patron, Ronald Searle, at the age of 91. Ronald was a truely amazing artist. He had seen a great deal and lived through many changes, and this gave him a unique way of visually interpreting our world. Superlative drawing coupled with strong ideas and powerful and often humourous assessments of the human character.


A family statement said: “Ronald William Fordham Searle, born 3 March 1920, passed away peacefully in his sleep with his children, Kate and John, and his grandson, Daniel, beside him on 30 December 2011 in Draguignan, France, after a short illness. He requested a private cremation with no fuss and no flowers.”

Amongst a huge body of work, Ronald drew critical political work for Le Monde newspaper, as well as the notorious St Trininan’s characters, and he generously created this original artwork for the Pro-Action campaign which fights for visual artists’ rights. He will be much missed.


Derek’s account of meeting Ronald is here.


Perpetua site


Ronald portrait by Andrea Liggins