Archive for September, 2012

Mokita 2 illustration symposium

Monday, September 24th, 2012

Tuesday 16 October 10.00-17.00 Somerset House, London


Mokita’s second illustration forum will explore ‘The Sentimental Gene’ in illustration, covering themes of presence, function, validity, and the role of ‘sentimentality’ as a medium in illustration.

The idea of sentimentality in visual language is often viewed negatively, whether through the cult of kawaii (cute), character art, greetings cards, folk art or nostalgia, fantasy art, souvenirs, kitsch and even Hello Kitty. Yet these are all deeply rooted within culture, and have mass visual appeal, with ‘retro’ and ‘folk’ particularly emerging as recurring themes in many contemporary illustrators’ work. This forum is ideal for students, practitioners and professionals involved in illustration. The fee includes lunch and refreshments.


Speakers include: Rob Ryan, Jasper Goodall, Jonny Hannah, John O’Reilly, Editor of Varoom Magazine, and Laura Carlin.

Mokita is organised jointly by University of Brighton, Camberwell College of Arts (University of the Arts London) and Kingston University London. More info here

Chris Haughton at TENT

Thursday, September 20th, 2012

TENT London
Truman Brewery
Brick Lane
20-23rd Sept

AOI member, Chris Haughton, and Node are showing some of his fair trade work in London Design Festival this week. Also previews of the rugs he will be doing with the Design Museum shop.


Hero Of Switzerland Exhibition

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

AOI popped down to visit Hero of Switzerlands- To Your Health exhibition last Friday. Here is a sneak preview of our evening.

Rebecca Abell, Helen Thomas, Derek Brazell

Rebecca Abell, Helen Thomas, Derek Brazell





To see more, visit Hero Of Switzerlands website here

Eat Everything Exhibition

Thursday, September 13th, 2012
Sean Morris
Eat Everything Exhibition
18 Hewett Street

020 7247 3999

Saturday 22 September 2012

12noon until 9pm

A bizarre look into the ‘goodness’ of food. Expect prints, paintings, sculptures, music, design and installations.

See the Facebook event here

Agatha Christie: Cover Story, Original Book Cover Artwork By Tom Adams

Friday, September 7th, 2012
Murder at the Vicarage[2]
Torquay Museum
529 Babbacombe Road

Until 2 November 2012

Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am until 5pm

Sunday 1.30pm until 5pm

01803 293975

A series of original Agatha Christie book cover paintings by artist Tom Adams are on display at Torquay Museum. Alongside the paintings are an array of sketches, photographs and artefacts.

Portrait by Tom Adams of Agatha Christie[1]

Portrait by Tom Adams of Agatha Christie

The creative partnership between Agatha Christie and Tom Adams, that resulted in more than 100 paperback cover paintings over a period of eighteen years, was a unique relationship between author and artist that is unlikely to be repeated. These paintings are now recognised internationally as iconic examples of twentieth century cover art.

Mathew Pritchard and Tom Adams Private View Torquay Museum

Mathew Pritchard and Tom Adams Private View Torquay Museum

A significant number of the paintings have been published and signed. Some are available to buy in Torquay Museum’s shop.

Stezaker wins Deutsche Borse Prize 2012

Friday, September 7th, 2012


Congratulations to John Stezaker who was annouced the winner of the Deutsche Borse Photography prize this week. He was awarded £30,000 on Monday night for his exhibition at the Whitechapel gallery earlier this year. Stezaker is a collage artist, his work is made up of juxtapositions of old photographs and illustrations from books, magazines, vintage postcards and classic movies, which he frames to create new images. A recent article in issue 15 of Varoom Magazine, ‘Finding The Frame’ by John O’Reilly featured John Stezaker and disovered what happens when the frame becomes part of the picture. O’Reilly mentions that the artist ‘uses the frame within his images to disrupt and disconnect.’

Arguably not a photographer, Stezaker has caused quite a stir winning the prestegious prize. However this talented artist has a gift of making us look at photographs differently. By using found images, Stezaker creates his own meaning, whether humorous or surreal. Each image is carefully sliced and stuck back together creating an entirely new photograph.

Work by all four artists will remain on show at the Photographers’ Gallery in its new central London home off Oxford Street until 9 September 2012.

To purchase issue 15 of Varoom Magazine, click here. Alternatively find the entire article on our Varoom website.

Alice Wease: Solo Art Exhibition

Thursday, September 6th, 2012
18 Hewett Street

Opening times Monday to Friday 8am until 5pm, Saturday 10am until 4pm, Sunday 10am until 3pm.

Friday 5 until Sunday 14 October 2012

Exhibiting A selection of drawings and jewlery. Intricate, delicate and a little dark, Aliceʼs hand drawn artworks will be displayed alongside her sculptural pieces that reveal the experimental artistry of her process.

Malika Favre, Hide and Seek

Thursday, September 6th, 2012
Kemistry Gallery
43 Charlotte Road

Until Saturday 29 September 2012

Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am until 6pm.

Free Entry

Fascinated by patterns in everyday life, urban surroundings and architecture, French born Malika Favre has put together Hide and Seek, her first solo show in London. Malika’s work is bold and minimalistic, exploring the relationship between positive and negative space.

Nobrow and Beach London Present, Mega Launch Party

Thursday, September 6th, 2012


Beach Gallery
28 Cheshire Street
E2 6EH

Thursday 12 September 2012

Opening times 6pm until 9pm

Original work on show by cartoonist and illustrator Kyle Platts. Showcasing Megaskull, A 52 page graphic novel of the absurd and humorous.

Melvyn Evans at Knole House

Thursday, September 6th, 2012


The Orangery
Knole House
TN15 0RP

Tuesday 11 until Sunday 30 September and Wednesday 3 until Sunday 21 October 2012

Opening times Everyday 10.30am until 5pm

A series of prints and drawings focused on the Historic Knole House, and the ancient woodland in Kent.