The London Olympics 2012 provides Illustrationcupboard gallery with a unique opportunity to highlight the
fabulous smorgasbord of international artists included in our collection. We are very fortunate in this country to attract such an impressive array of artists whose books sell in every country around the globe. The World United exhibition celebrates this with a unique display of work from all over the world.
On show will be original published artwork by Satoshi Kitamura from Japan, Shaun Tan and Robert Ingpen from Australia, Gennady Spirin from Russia, and Anglo-Indian born Nilesh Mistry. Closer to home we feature a host of truly great talent with Jan Pieńkowski of Polish origin, and both Val Biro and Victor Ambrus from Hungary. Other Eastern European countries, with their strong and graphic illustration traditions, include Tomislav Tomic from the Czech Republic and Iassen Ghuiselev of Bulgaria. From Italy is work by Eva Montanari, Nicoletta Ceccoli from San Marino, Axel Scheffler of Germany, as well as Brian Wildsmith, long term resident in France. Dick Bruna’s silk screens of Miffy bring strong Dutch colour to the mix.
The USA is represented by Maurice Sendak, Anita Lobel and Bagram Ibatouilline, and also by Lord of the Rings art director, Canadian born, John Howe. The highlight of the show is Niamh Sharkey from Ireland. Niamh has recently been crowned the Laureate na nƠg, (the children’s Laureate for Ireland), and we will be displaying a selection of her stunning paintings. This diverse exploration of the international artworks for illustrated books is educational as well as enteratining, and will appeal to a younger audience with an interactive display of the new e-book and APP recently launched at the gallery by England’s Joseph Theobald.
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Entrance is free and families are welcome.
26th July - 11th August 2012
22 Bury St, St James's