Our latest pick of new illustration work includes an exhibition of canine sculptures by Wilfrid Wood, large-scale murals by Shepard Fairey, food-themed editorial artwork for Toast magazine, all-female exhibition There’s a Good Girl and a new graphic novel from illustrator Andrew Rae…
Wilfrid Wood’s Dog Show
Sculptor Wilfrid Wood began his career as an apprentice headbuilder on satirical 80s and 90s TV show, Spitting Image, before becoming a freelance 3D designer, creating naughty, cartoonish and wonderfully crafted humans, animals and anthropomorphic letterforms.
His latest exhibition, which opens at Beach London on December 4, features a series of canine prints and sculpture of various dog breeds from Corgis to Alsations, as well as human models, human/dog hybrids and even dogs in clothes. “What I’m always digging into is how appearance indicates character – dogs are surely the second most characterful species in existence,” says Wilson.
The show runs until January 2015 and selected prints will be available to buy from the gallery – for details, see beach.london
There’s a Good Girl
Exhibition poster by Hattie Stewart
There’s a Good Girl is a new exhibition from Saatchi & Saatchi and VivaWomen! featuring work by 20 female image-makers: Alison Carmichael, Alison Jackson, Arvida Bystrom, Cassandra Yap, Hattie Stewart, Jessica May Underwood, Jillian Lochner, Kathryn Ferguson, Malika Favre, Mary Nighy, Michela Picchi, Miss Cakehead, Nancy Fouts, Natasha Law, Pam Glew, Rhea Thierstein, Sara Pope, Soozy Lipsey, Toni Gallagher and Veronique Rolland.
The show takes its name from Marianne Garbrucker’s book on gender stereotyping and aims to showcase female creatives who “are making their mark on contemporary culture” through photography, illustration, film, sculpture and fine art.
Work on display includes a typographic piece made out of hundreds and thousands by Carmichael, a short film on the sexualisation of women in music videos by Ferguson, a symbolic neon image of a pair of red lips by Pope and a photographic series by Lochner depicting what looks like skin being manipulated by surgery.
Babe, No, Hattie Stewart
Diamonds are Forever, Cassandra Yap
Stewart created the striking black-and-white posters for the show, as well as new piece Babe, No, while Favre has contributed personal artwork, Office Supplies. Other illustration includes Yap’s Diamonds are Forever – a screen print composed of vintage pin up images and erotica, and Divination, a colourful collage print by Picchi.
Good Girl, Alison Carmichael, photographed by Alex Turner & retouched by Dan Beckett
Steel Kiss, Sara Pope
The exhibition is open at The Assembly Rooms in London until December 19, from 9am until 6pm – for details, see theassemblyrooms.tv.
Shepard Fairey – Interpol
Artist Shepard Fairey has created a striking pair of large-scale murals in Brooklyn inspired by Everything is Wrong, a track from Interpol’s latest album, El Pintor. Fairey first collaborated with Interpol in 2004, when he created the cover art for the band’s second album, Antics, and says the artwork is inspired by the song’s title and lyrics and his own body of work.
“My thinking was to find a middle ground between Interpol’s aesthetics, lyrics for the song, and my art style and concepts,” explains Fairey on his website.
“The lyrics to Everything Is Wrong are open to interpretation, but whether the song is about hard living, relationship failures, wear and tear on the environment, or an empire mentality, regret for poor decisions seems to be the theme. I decided to explore the idea of being complicit in a personal relationship or a relationship with a system that one realises is unhealthy,” he adds.
Each artwork features an anagram of the song’s title (the album’s title is also an anagram of the band’s name), which Fairey says references both the track’s key themes and his recent retrospective, Power & Glory.
“[Power & Glory] was a celebration and critique of Americana with an emphasis on the symbols and meanings of power. I like to question our obsession with money and the bravado that “America is the greatest country in the earth’s history” – basically, I’m looking for an excuse to implicitly question hegemony, and Everything Is Wrong gave me one. My anagrams from ‘everything is wrong’: ‘the very growing sin’ and ‘every wrong insight’ reflect both Interpol’s lyrics and my Power & Glory concepts,” he explains.
Karrie Fransman – Create
Create is a new publication from the Arts Council exploring the value and role of the arts in society, education and the economy. Available to read online, it features a series of thought-provoking essays, including one from Howard Davies on the economic impact of the UK’s creative industries, another on creative education in state schools by headmaster Anthony Seldon and a report on Turnaround Arts, an initiative using art to improve failing schools in the US.
The publication also features a new graphic story by illustrator Karrie Fransman, which uses biblical references to address common criticisms of art and doubts about its value in contemporary society.
The story depicts art as a child of Mother Nature and Father Civilisation (along with science, education and economics): as the children grow, their father becomes anxious about art, which “seemed to faff about and play, sometimes stumbling on great genius…but at other times just creating a mess.”
After doubt and discussion with his daughter, the book ends with the father’s epiphany that: “he had forgotten art’s value, a value that could not be measured simply by its contribution to science, economics or education” and the realisation of the importance of “play, experimentation, rebellion, collaboration, isolation and ultimately, the key to understanding our human existence in all its messy glory.”
You can read the publication in full here.
Cover illustration by Lara Harwood
Toast is a new annual magazine from a creative company of the same name, founded by fundraiser Sarah Chamberlain and journalist Miranda York. Described as “a publication celebrating food and ideas”, the inaugural issue includes photo essays and articles from chefs, writers and artists on wine, salt, the joy of crisps, Soho’s food scene and the impact of food parcels on soldiers’ morale during World War One, as well as food-themed art, short stories and poetry.
As well as using archive and original photography, the magazine makes great use of illustration: there’s a real mix of colours, styles and mediums, from Lara Hardwood’s colourful paintings to Anita Klein’s woodcuts, a packet of Monster Munch rendered in egg tempura by Joel Penknman and swirling abstract artworks made out of sugar by Fernando Laposse.
Issue one costs £15 and you can order a copy at eatdrinktoast.com
Illustration by John Broadley
Von – Elsewhere Collector’s Edition
Following his exhibition in London in April this year (which we covered here) illustrator Von has released a limited edition box set containing prints from his series, Elsewhere; a collection of graphite and pencil drawings depicting subjects who are lost in thought.
The box set, an edition of 50, contains five signed and numbered 40x30cm giclee prints, beautifully packaged in a copper foil stamped box. Priced at £225 it’s available to buy from Von’s website.
Andrew Rae – Moonhead and the Music Machine
Images via Andrew Rae
Illustrator and Peepshow collective member Andrew Rae has released a new graphic novel: published by Nobrow and described as “a subtle blend between Wayne’s World and Ovid’s Metamorphoses”, Moonhead and the Music Machine tells the story of Joey Moonhead, a boy with a moon for a head who is taunted by his peers and embarks on a quest to create a music machine that will help him win his school’s annual talent show.
The book features some fantastic character illustrations and is a witty, inventive take on the traditional high school drama. Rae has also released an animated music video starring Joey Moonhead, which you can watch in full below. To order a copy (priced at £15.99), click here.