The Original James Bond - John McLusky's art from the '50s & 60s
28 October - 14 November 2015
The Original James Bond – Artwork by John McLusky from the 50s & 60s
28 October – 14 November 2015

Celebrating the first and original artwork from the Ian Fleming books serialised in The Daily Express from 1958 - 1966 - visualised by artist John McLusky years before the first Bond film.

Years before anyone had heard of a ‘James Bond Film’ the Daily Express newspaper commissioned leading graphic artist John McLusky to visualise Ian Fleming’s original spy-hero for the very first time. The result was an iconic black and white serialisation giving pictorial life to Fleming’s great brain-child. It is even said that McLusky’s Bond was so iconic that Eon Films based their first actor for this role on these drawings produced.
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The Iliad illustrated by Neil Packer
7 - 24 October 2015
We are thrilled to celebrate The Iliad illustrated by Neil Packer. (Retold by Gillian Cross, published by Walker Books)

As one of the great classics of world literature Homer’s Iliad is a tragic tale of love, power, war, betrayal and loss – it has enchanted readers for over two thousand years and continues to do so to this day. Gillian Cross’s retelling of this Homeric poem is first-class and is aptly matched by the artwork by the much-loved and highly talented Neil Packer. With over two years in production Neil has worked tirelessly to research each and every detail of this story with strict attention to historical accuracy enhancing his gloriously skillful technical mastery.

Wielding pen, brush and colour Neil has produced a magical array of vivid and haunting paintings superbly representing the classical heroes in their tragic and fateful conflict. A companion book to The Odyssey produced by this winning combination of author and artist and exhibited here at their gallery two years ago this newly published book is equally fascinating, engaging and a work of art in itself.

Original artwork and signed first edition books will be available to purchase. Private View: Tuesday 13 October, 5:30 - 8:00pm
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Anita Jeram celebrates 20 years of Guess How Much I Love You
5 August - 5 September 2015
Guess How Much I Love You is a phenomenon, and has proved to be one of the best-selling illustrated pictures books of all time with over 28 million copies sold in 53 languages during the past 20 years.

Illustrationcupboard Gallery is honoured to be hosting the 20 year anniversary exhibition with illustrator Anita Jeram and author Sam McBratney. This exhibition offers an unrivalled opportunity for visitors, enthusiasts and collectors to view and acquire pieces from a unique archive of over 90 related works - never seen before. This is not to be missed! Amongst a variety of original artwork by Anita is a very rare selection of original full-colour working illustrations produced for the original book. These original watercolours have never been exhibited before and are offered for sale providing collectors and enthusiasts an unparallel chance to buy Anita’s work for this iconic picture book.

Online preview available from 1 August 2015
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The Annual Summer Exhibition 2015
15 July - 1 August
The Summer Exhibition is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate our talented illustrators including the newly appointed UK Children’s Laureate Chris Riddell. Original pen and ink artworks by Chris including illustrations from Neil Gaiman’s Coraline will be on show and for sale during The Summer Exhibition. We also congratulate Alexis Deacon on being short-listed for the Kate Greenaway Award for his beautifully illustrated version of Jim’s Lion, written by Russell Hoban, published by Walker Books. Original artwork from the books alongside illustrations from Croc and Bird will be on show.

We have a whole host of new work to celebrate this Summer including illustrations by Laura Carlin. Laura’s book The Promise (written by Nicola Davies, published by Walker Books) has also been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Award, alongside Chris Riddell’s Goth Girl and the Ghost of a Mouse and Shaun Tan’s Rules of Summer. Together with these work we will feature a selection of classic illustration including wonderful line drawings by Edward Ardizzone and E.H. Shepard.
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