John will be signing and selling books at the Gillespie Park Festival on Sunday 11th. This takes place at Gillespie Park Local Nature Reserve, 91 Drayton Park, Highbury, London, N5 1PH. The event starts at 12 noon and finishes at 5 pm.
Back from Donegal where I attended the opening of the Greenfort exhibition at the Ross Gallery in Letterkenny on Friday night.
Initially referred to as the Cousins Exhibition, due to the fact that we’re all first cousins – if you’re an artist and a cousin, you’re in – the exhibition was organised and co-ordinated by Damien McGinley and gallery owner, Janet Ross. It was an eclectic mix of work by eight people, and included paintings, mixed media, prints, photos and embroidered pieces. It was also a brilliant family reunion – there were people there I hadn’t seen for a long, long time.
The exhibition gave me an opportnity to produce and exhibit archival prints of spreads from the books – something I’ve been meaning to do for a long time. Each one was printed digitally on A2 Ilford Gallerie Pearl 290gsm using Epson Ultrachrome pigment inks in signed limited editions of 25.
The Greenfort Artists are now registered as an official collective with Donegal County Council – so watch this space! JOHN
Pop along to Elephant and Castle to see Images 34, organised by the AOI (Association of Illustrators), at the London College of Communication. There’s a special section for work commissioned for children’s books, jackets and interior illustrations.
Images is the UK’s definitive jury-selected illustration competition, annual, awards show, and touring exhibition dedicated to showcasing the very best contemporary illustration published in the UK. At least that’s what the AOI says, and who am I to disagree – especially as yours truly has two pieces, from It’s Magic and Motor Mouse, featured in the aforementioned Children’s Book section. One of these is also in the exhibition.
Constructing the frame for this was a pleasure but also a major pain. The art work is both digital and 3 dimensional, which meant the actual pop-up book had to be framed in a specially constructed box. But it did make it stand out from the crowd – literally! JOHN
Images 34 is open to the public from 8th – 14th September. Entry is free.