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A Year of Drawing: George Butler, adventurer and illustrator

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

Illustration Cupboard

22 Bury Street

London

SW1Y 6AL

Illustrationcupboard.com / [email protected] / +44 (0)207 976 1727

Exhibition runs: 16th July- 3rd August 2013

Review by Holly Monger

Line of Slums  200 x 750mm February 2013  Pen, Ink and Watercolour 'The slums in Mumbai continue indefinitely and sporadically. What is strange is that they are interspersed within the hugely wealthy parts of town. Whilst drawing this I was surrounded by crows, dogs and some of the all waiting on the Bandra sea front.'  George Butler

Line of Slums 200 x 750mm February 2013 Pen, Ink and Watercolour 'The slums in Mumbai continue indefinitely and sporadically. What is strange is that they are interspersed within the hugely wealthy parts of town. Whilst drawing this I was surrounded by crows, dogs and some of the all waiting on the Bandra sea front.' George Butler

George Butler’s focus on reportage illustration specialising in travel and current affairs has taken him across the world to draw in situoften in places of conflict or difficulty. Drawing has led Butler to depict oil fields in Azerbaijan, reconstructive plastic surgery, G20 riots, the New York Fire Department and Asian elephants. More recently in August 2012 he walked from Turkey across the border to Syria drawing civil war damaged towns, returning later for a more extended trip recording stories amongst the field hospitals.

Tanks before the Mosque 340 x 560mm August 2012 Pen, Ink and Watercolour  'If you arrive form Kilis, Turkey this will be the third thing you see, the first is an abandoned tank, the second a petrol station blown inside out, and this the third, around the corner form the bakery and in the shadow of the mosque tanks lie half buried. Children rotate the turret of one of them. An older kid sits in the bottom of one picking out the bolts to use later. It becomes all the more real when you stand on a pile of bullet casings in the knowledge that someone was here being shot at, shooting back... who knows what happened after that but this scene is the eventual result.'  George Butler

Tanks before the Mosque 340 x 560mm August 2012 Pen, Ink and Watercolour 'If you arrive form Kilis, Turkey this will be the third thing you see, the first is an abandoned tank, the second a petrol station blown inside out, and this the third, around the corner form the bakery and in the shadow of the mosque tanks lie half buried. Children rotate the turret of one of them. An older kid sits in the bottom of one picking out the bolts to use later. It becomes all the more real when you stand on a pile of bullet casings in the knowledge that someone was here being shot at, shooting back... who knows what happened after that but this scene is the eventual result.' George Butler

It is some of these images that we are shown in the Illustration Cupboard’s exhibition of George Butler’s last year of drawing. These are combined with works created in Mumbai where, as well as depicting the area and slums of the city, Butler was painting tuberculosis patients on behalf of Médicens Sans Frontières. Other works in the show are of scenes a bit closer to home as Butler depicted some views of London at the Royal Wedding.

Sewri Hospital 410 x 580mm March 2013 Pen, Ink and Watercolour 'Sewri is the largest Tuberculosis hospital in the world. It is home to 800 patients at any one time. Its reputation is pretty grim. The people were, as always, kind, friendly and generous with their patience. Ward 3 was for people waiting for the operating theatre. Usually to have a drain put into their lung or a piece of lung removed.'  George Butler

Sewri Hospital 410 x 580mm March 2013 Pen, Ink and Watercolour 'Sewri is the largest Tuberculosis hospital in the world. It is home to 800 patients at any one time. Its reputation is pretty grim. The people were, as always, kind, friendly and generous with their patience. Ward 3 was for people waiting for the operating theatre. Usually to have a drain put into their lung or a piece of lung removed.' George Butler

The drawings themselves have all the hallmarks of being drawn on site. Splashes of ink, redrawn elements and half realised faces give the viewer a real sense of the immediacy of the drawing’s creation. The marks capture the feel of what is actually like to be in a crowded place- you see a face or notice a sign here and there but most is a blur of visual noise. This is shown by Butler with his use of negative space, and the shape of the drawings on the paper gave the drawings a sense of design and considered composition. Often the images were centralised and full of detail in this area but faded outwards instead of stretching from edge to edge, maybe bounded by a single line to depict the edge of a building or some detailled mark-making to imply that the scene continues. This gives a directed focus to the image and gives the image a more organic feel, not harshly cut off by the edges of the paper.

Worli 380 x 550mm March 2013  Pen, ink and Watercolour 'Between the ‘Seagate’ bridge and Mumbai’s financial centre is this small fishing village called Worli, it is a microcosm, it’s almost created it’s own ecosystem. One road leads in and out. It happen that as I was there they were planning for their festival to Lord Sheba. Beautiful designs were sprinkled on the floors and bands of trumpeters and drummers pushed through the crowds; food was handed out and the party began in that wonderful India way.'  George Butler

Worli 380 x 550mm March 2013 Pen, ink and Watercolour 'Between the ‘Seagate’ bridge and Mumbai’s financial centre is this small fishing village called Worli, it is a microcosm, it’s almost created it’s own ecosystem. One road leads in and out. It happen that as I was there they were planning for their festival to Lord Sheba. Beautiful designs were sprinkled on the floors and bands of trumpeters and drummers pushed through the crowds; food was handed out and the party began in that wonderful India way.' George Butler

The drawings of George Butler offer a renewed way of looking at the scenes that we have become accustomed to seeing in photographs. The images are an unbiased reflection of situations and circumstances. He captures a place in a way that is to do with accuracy, recording and description; and that offers another perspective on the events in the world that we hear about but often feel so far away from. These are sometimes celebratory, striking or cheerless, but all are a sensitively drawn reaction to real life.

Slums from the overpass 360 x 560 March 2013 Pen, Ink and Watercolour 'This is not an uncommon sight in Mumbai, home to 22 million people (the population of Syria). But a real sense of community, family. Mumbai has this attitude where anything is possible for anyone. Drawn for Medecins sans Frontieres.'  George Butler

Slums from the overpass 360 x 560 March 2013 Pen, Ink and Watercolour 'This is not an uncommon sight in Mumbai, home to 22 million people (the population of Syria). But a real sense of community, family. Mumbai has this attitude where anything is possible for anyone. Drawn for Medecins sans Frontieres.' George Butler

‘drawn’ exhibition

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

theprintspace gallery

74 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8DL

Friday 2 August – Friday 23 August 2013

Monday to Friday 9-7pm and admission is free.

‘drawn.’, the first illustration show at theprintspace gallery, showcases a cross-section of contemporary illustrations and drawings produced at theprintspace.

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The exhibition comprises a selection of work from Rosco Brittin’s bold ‘Strange Fruit’ illustrations, to Alan Coulson’s fine lifelike graphite portrait of ‘Richie Culver’ and Kristjana Williams’ colourful ‘Lundunar Kort Rautt’, an intricate collage map of modern London.

Also featured are works by: Dan Hillier, Travis Hodges, Ben Hopper, Miss Led (AOI Member), Mat Pringle, Iain Macarthur, Claire Scully (AOI Member), Holly Sharpe (AOI Member) and Harry Yeff.

The ‘drawn’. opening night on 1 August will include live drawing sessions by AOI member, Miss Led, as well as a collaboration of artist Harry Yeff with photographer Ben Hopper. The two illustrators will demonstrate their techniques and produce work in front of the audience, which then will also become part of the exhibition.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2013

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Burlington House, Piccadilly
London W1J 0BD

Until 18 August 2013

Opening times Saturday to Thursday 10am until 6pm
Friday 10am until 10pm

Summer Exhibition 2013
020 7300 8000

Now in its 245th year, the Summer Exhibition remains a much anticipated highlight of the arts calendar, serving as a unique window on to all areas of the contemporary art world. It is the world’s largest open-submission exhibition, displaying more than 1,000 works in all styles and media, including painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, architectural models and film.

Among those to submit this year is Quentin Blake who is exhibiting three lithographs from among work he produced for the Marlborough Gallery, London, where he had an exhibition of new work in December 2012. The image shown is ‘Girl and Dogs 3′ which was selected as the RA Summer Exhibition ‘Image of the Day’ on 20 June.

One of Quentin Blake's Images to be exhibited

Girl and Dogs 3 - Quentin Blake

Oh My God

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Hey Studio

Kemistry Gallery, 43 Charlotte Road, Shoreditch, London, EC2A 3PD

Tuesday 1 August – Saturday 14 September 2013

Opening times Monday to Saturday 10am until 6pm

Kemistry Gallery – Hey Studio

+44 (0)20 7729 3636

Following on from their recent exhibition in Barcelona, Hey Studio present ‘Oh My God’. Working with clean lines, geometric patterns and minimal colour palette, the Barcelona based studio explore a selection of well-known characters from a new perspective.

Exhibition space at Kemistry Gallery

Exhibition space at Kemistry Gallery

“In ancient Greece they had something better than superheroes,” comments the studio. “They had gods – each with their own powers, weaknesses, history and followers. Jupiter and Mars came, Jesus and Mohammed, Buddha and Elvis. 2,500 years later, they return to claim their place and remind us that there is nothing more dangerous than believed immortality.”

Hey Studio have produced a series of new characters and a show poster exclusively for Kemistry Gallery. Prints and posters will be available to purchase in the gallery and online.

Oh my god

The World of Stephen Waterhouse

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Cities, Landscapes and Characters

Dean Clough Galleries

Dean Clough, Halifax, West Yorkshire, HX3 5AX

Until 15 September 2013

Opening times 10am until 5pm

01422 250 250

Longterm AOI member Stephen Waterhouse is holding his first major solo exhibition in his hometown, comprising of 40 pieces of artwork. Having previously exhibited several times in London and New York, Stephen is the first Illustrator to exhibit at Dean Clough Galleries.

Stephen surrounded by his exhibition

Stephen surrounded by his exhibition

Stephen has been drawing and painting characters, landscapes and cities from an early age and has continued to do this by following a career path Illustrating for children. He lists his inspirations as ‘Monet’s drawings, Van Gogh’s paintings and ‘The Simpsons’, a combination guarenteed to result in exciting Illustration.

Amazon Illustration

Amazon Illustration - from 'My Pop-Up Atlas' - Templar Publishing

He studied Illustration at Loughborough University, where he created his own style, and since graduating in 1998 he has been comissioned to create artwork for children’s books, posters, magazines, jigsaws and greetings cards. He also does various guest lectures at schools, and teaches part-time at Loughborough University.

Part of the exhibition at Dean Clough Galleries

Part of the exhibition at Dean Clough Galleries

The exhibition shows parts of his journey over the last 15 years, from his work as a student to his latest artwork for a book called ‘My Pop-Up World Atlas’, Templar Publishing, which he describes to be ‘an ironic part of a journey that began with me failing geography at school.’ It also shows his transition from painting with acrylics to working digitally.

Stephen has been exhibited many times as part of the AOI’s Images.

Memory Palace – Sky Arts Ignition

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

V&A

South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

Until 20 October 2013

Opening times Monday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10am
until 5.45pm
Friday 10am until 10pm

Memory Palace

Tel. +44 (0)20 7942 2000

If you could keep only one memory, what would it be? This summer the V&A presents a dramatic vision of the future through an immersive exhibition experience. Sky Arts Ignition: Memory Palace is a walk-in story that brings to life a new work of fiction by the author Hari Kunzru. This narrative world is visualised through a series of commissions by 20 internationally acclaimed illustrators, graphic designers and typographers.

Le Gun - Memory Palace

Le Gun concept drawing

The chosen practitioners work across a variety of fields, from comics and editorial illustration to advertising and typography. The broad selection of contributors demonstrates the exceptionally diverse and expanding worlds of contemporary graphic design and illustration.

Stuart Kolakovic - Memory Palace

Stuart Kolakovic - Memory Palace

Kunzru’s story is written in a series of short passages that move in a non-linear way through the dystopian world he created. Each of the designers and illustrators worked on a different passage of text from the story, responding freely to the text. The resulting commissions vary dramatically in scale and format, from intricate hand-drawn works to large three-dimensional environments.

Henning Wagenbreth concept drawing

Henning Wagenbreth concept drawing

Read more about Memory Palace and its Illustrators in Varoom! 22

‘Microlife’ Will Sweeney

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Beach London

20 Cheshire Street, London, E2 6EH

Until 28 July 2013

Opening times Tuesday to Sunday 10am until 6pm

Beach London

Beach London presents the first UK solo exhibition in a decade of London-based artist Will Sweeney.

‘Microlife’ consists of a series of detailed drawings and prints inspired by his recent trip to Mexico, as well as what the artist describes as “alien mausoleums, brain harvesting machines and winklepickers”. The title of the show refers to the concept of measuring mortality, for example, smoking a cigarette loses you ten microlives, each representing half an hour of the total amount of time that the average adult human is likely to stay alive.

Will Sweeney - Microlife

Will Sweeney - Microlife

The idea of quantifying the abstract, esoteric fears and anxieties of existence is explored in a playful yet obsessive fashion in the work
on display.

Will Sweeney - Microlife

Will Sweeney graduated in 1988 from the Royal College of Art in London. Alongside his art practice, Sweeney has worked as a freelance illustrator and graphic artist specialising in comics, clothing graphics (most notably for his label ‘Alakazam’), animated videos and music packaging. He has produced an ongoing series of graphic novels called ‘Tales from Greenfuzz’ which led to a series of Amos toy characters.

Winner 2013 Book Illustration Competition

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

The winner of the 2013 Book Illustration Competition, sponsored by The Folio Society and House of Illustration has been announced.

Finn Dean

Finn Dean - Winner

Finn Dean, graduate of the Bath School of Art and Design was awarded the commission, worth £4,500, to illustrate Folio’s forthcoming edition of Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World, due for publication in September 2013. In a very strong field, his images, focusing on the cityscapes and landscapes of Huxley’s prescient imagination, were judged to be outstanding.
Finn Dean’s work has recently featured in Danny Boyle’s film Trance, and he is currently working on a series of book covers for Penguin.

Finn Dean

Finn Dean - Winner

John Sutherland praised Dean’s work, saying:

“At its most useful, illustration is not decorative, but interpretive. The world which Huxley imagines in Brave New World, terrifying and thought-provoking in equal measure, would seem to present a rich landscape to the illustrator but the fact that it is a book so well-known and so well-imagined actually doesn’t make the task at all easy.”

The 2013 panel comprises broadcaster, curator, former Chairman of Arts Council England and House of Illustration trustee Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, writer and Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus at
UCL, John Sutherland, last year’s competition winner Igor Karash and Flora Craig from House of Illustration, together with Folio’s Production Director Joe Whitlock Blundell, Senior Editor Tom Walker and Art Director Sheri Gee.

The shortlisted entrants were Maria M. Carrasco, Vitali Konstantinov, Claire Malary, Varvara Perekrest and Kit Russel.

Maria Martin Carrasco- Shortlisted

Maria Martin Carrasco - Shortlisted

Vitali Konstantinov - Shortlisted

Vitali Konstantinov - Shortlisted

Claire Malary - Shortlisted

Claire Malary - Shortlisted

Varvara Perekrest - Shortlisted

Varvara Perekrest - Shortlisted

Kit Russell - Shortlisted

Kit Russell - Shortlisted

Payback 2013 – claim your share

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Over £4 million in Payback royalties can be claimed from DACS this year.

Payback launches on 1 August 2013 and this year DACS has over £4 million in royalties to share amongst AOI members and other visual artists whose work has been used in books, magazines or on TV.

Last year over 15,000 visual artists benefited from Payback royalties, so this year make sure you’re one of them. It’s worth it. The average claim made to an AOI member was £395 and the highest payment was £6,210.

To be eligible for Payback DACS needs to know:

  • Are you a visual artist with copyright protected artworks?
  • Has your work been featured in a UK book, magazine or included in a programme broadcast on television?
  • Can you provide examples of where your work has been featured, with proof?

If you answer yes to all three questions, then you can claim your share of Payback royalties.

Claim online between 1 August and 31 October 2013. You can also register in advance by contacting DACS on [email protected] or 020 7553 9081.

For further information about Payback go here

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A Year of Drawing: George Butler, adventurer and illustrator

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Illustration Cupboard

22 Bury Street, St. James’s, London, SW1Y 6AL

16th July to Saturday 3rd August,

Weekdays 9am – 6pm, Saturdays 11am – 5pm

illustrationcupboard.com

As a reportage illustrator, George Butler has worked in both Syria and Afghanistan and won an International Media Award. His drawings are done in situ, often in areas of conflict or difficulty, and working in pen, ink and watercolour.  On the 3rd of June he was awarded the prestigious V&A Illustration Award in both categories, editorial and overall for his work in northern Syria for The Guardian, G2.

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In August 2012 George walked from Turkey across the border into Syria, where as an unofficial guest of the rebel Free Syrian Army he spent 4 days drawing the civil war damaged, small and empty town of Azaz. Six months later he made a similar trip back to Syria to record the stories amongst the refugees and the field hospitals. These drawings have been reproduced all over the world by the Times, the Guardian, Evening Standard, Der Spiegel, ARD Television Germany, NPR (USA).

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Since leaving Kingston University, London, drawing has taken George around the world, depicting the oil fields in Azerbaijan, soldiers in Afghanistan, reconstructive plastic surgery, G20 riots and Asian Elephants. Most recently he has painted tuberculosis patients in Mumbai on behalf of Médecins Sans Frontières.