This summer sees Illustrationcupboard’s third single artist exhibition for Brian Wildsmith, and a further celebration of this artist’s fascinating oeuvre. Regarded as one of the great twentieth century book illustrators, Brian’s superb draughtsmanship and exquisite use of colour heralded a revolutionary change in picture books in the early 1960s when he was first published by innovative editor Mabel George at Oxford University Press.
As well as exhibiting a selection of stunning original paintings, we will be showcasing the black ink graphic artwork from this period. Never exhibited before this incisive art work shows Brian Wildsmith at his most inventive and skilful. Technical mastery of pen and ink produces strong confident line of unparallel expressive quality, providing further insight into the foundation and structure behind many of his more complex and often monumental paintings. Alongside there will also be a first showing of Brian’s superb original theatrical costume designs for the Hollywood film The Blue Bird directed by George Cukor and which starred Elizabeth Taylor and Ava Gardner.
Artwork will be available for purchase from £250 upwards, as well as a selection of artists editions and rare out of print signed books.
July 11th - 4th August 2012
22 Bury St, St James's