Pick Me Up Selects
24 April – 5 May 2014
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 (Last admission 17.15)
Late night Thursdays and Fridays until 22.00 (Last admission 21.15)
Embankment Galleries, South Wing
Day tickets £10, concessions £8
Festival Pass £17.50
Tickets are available to purchase on the day from the admissions desk
Pick Me Up Selects 2014 features international rising stars of the graphic arts world specially selected by an industry panel. Each artist will be producing new, exclusive work to see and buy.
London-based illustrator Alice is influenced by spaces and buildings, and her eclectic taste in film often transforms into scenes that communicate a feeling of unsettling tension. Past projects have included a focus on modernist architecture in film. In 2013 she was shortlisted for the V&A Student Illustration Awards. She was also chosen as one of twelve It's Nice That 2013 graduates and Wallpaper* magazine's graduates.
Andrew is an illustrator and craftsman from the south coast of England. He is self-taught in illustration and, having lived in various parts of the world, began his career as an illustrator after returning from two years in Japan. Now living in a small barn in the woods, Andrew’s work is often influenced by folklore and wilderness adventures, as well as shapes based on fungi and other slimy things found in the woods. Andrew uses woodwork and forestry to explore the relationship between man and nature in his project Miscellaneous Adventures, an outdoor brand selling products created using traditional craft techniques.
Annu is an illustrator with a love for all things ludicrous. After graduating from the London College of Communication in 2010 she has been working on a variety of projects ranging from murals and exhibitions to textiles and publications. Annu uses urban landscapes as her inspiration and turns them into abstracted illustrations filled with summery colours and patterns. Her work has featured in It's Nice That, Booooooom and Another Loves. Her recent commissions include The Sunday Times, The Desktop Magazine (Australia), Advertising Producers Association and Battersea Arts Centre.
Billy is an English artist who paints outside on the streets and in her studio. Inspired by real life events and people, her observations are made from living in unfamiliar surroundings and travelling to exotic (and not-so-exotic) destinations mixed up with a whirl of imagination. Her distinctive shapes, characters and symbols can be seen decorating the streets of Berlin, London, Manchester, Madrid, Holland and beyond. Billy graduated in Graphic Design from Nottingham Trent University in 2007, and has since exhibited her work in the UK and Germany, where she divides most of her time.
Carine grew up in France surrounded by her mother’s sketchbooks and pencil, leading her to her chosen career at an early age. After studying at the Ecole Estienne art school in Paris, she started drawing with pencil and biro, her best-known media, in 2007. Inspired by Ancient Greek and Roman sculptures, her favourite subjects are boys, girls and people in general. She has previously exhibited in Belgium and France.
Recent Graphic Design graduate from Central St Martins, Edward has already been championed by It's Nice That and WRAP magazine. While the London based image-maker cites psychedelic music and the work of avant-garde filmmaker Alejandro Jodorowsky as strong influences, it is his desire to create work that doesn't draw on visual references or pander to stylistic trends that makes him such an exciting talent. His highly original style combines bright colours, uniform width black outlines and a natural flair for creating narrative-rich imagery.
Since graduating in 2013 in Illustration at the University of Brighton, Edward moved to Bristol where he now lives and works on his “colourful, bright, playful and quite silly” drawings, collages and 3-d objects. His main inspiration comes from jazz music and musicians, as well as comics, small press and self-published zines and books. He says of being an illustrator and making work, “it is my main source of fun in life, and so I try and let that sense of play and joy be communicated in it”. His work has been featured in It's Nice That, YCN and WRAP magazine.
Hey is a design studio based in Barcelona made up of Barcelona School of Design and Engineering graduates Veronica Fuerte and Ricardo Jorge, and Mikel Romero who graduated from Universitat de Barcelona. Established in 2007, they largely work in brand identity, illustration and editorial design. Clients include Apple, Monocle, The Wall Street Journal and Wired magazine. They are a small team, allowing them to work closely with their clients through every detail at every stage of the process.
Isabel is a London based comic artist and illustrator. Since graduating in 2010 from The University of Brighton she has since produced work for a variety of clients and publications including The Guardian, The National Trust, Nobrow Press, and the V&A. In 2011 she won the Observer Jonathan Cape Comica Graphic Story Prize for her story Love in a Very Cold Climate. Shortly after, Isabel began work on her first graphic novel, The Encyclopaedia of Early Earth, which was published by Jonathan Cape in autumn 2013, and was simultaneously released in the US, Canada and Germany.
Jack Hudson is an illustrator born and raised in Birmingham who is currently based in East London. Graduating from the University of the West of England in 2010, he has since worked for clients as diverse as Google, The Body Shop and Toyota. Fascinated by the relationship between the big and the small, he enjoys playing with scale to create the vast worlds that tiny people often inhabit.
French-American illustrator and animator Jessica was born in Los Angeles and moved to France when she was 7 years old. She studied traditional animation techniques in Paris, where she now lives, and graduated in 2006. Since then she has worked on the TV adaption of French illustrator Marc Boutavant’s Mouk around the World as a character and prop designer, before establishing her studio in 2010. Inspired by children’s books and popular culture, her work is inhabited by colourful and quirky creatures.
Julia is a British animator and illustrator based in Brooklyn, New York, graduating in Animation at the Royal College of Art in 2011 with her award winning film, Belly. Named as one of three ‘Animators to Watch’ by Creative Review in 2013 and one of 25 ‘New Faces of Film’ by Filmmaker Magazine, her films have screened at over 100 festivals worldwide including Sundance, SXSW and Annecy. An ADC Young Gun and YCN award winner, Julia’s client list includes Bat for Lashes, Hermes and J Crew.
Despite being told by a careers advisor to work in a steel mill rather than pursue a career as a cartoonist, Kyle studied illustration at Camberwell College of Arts and graduated in 2011. Born in Sheffield, he now lives and works in Peckham, South London, as a freelance illustrator and artist. He has published two books with Nobrow Press, Megaskull and Festival Frenzy. His work aims to create a graphic reflection of the world, with a playful irreverence towards contemporary society, and with influences ranging from the endurance paintings of Yayoi Kusama to punk poet John Cooper Clark.
Linda studied Graphic Design at the Aalto University in Helsinki, graduating in 2005 and working at different creative agencies before setting up her own studio in 2010. Linda's goal is to narrow the gap between design, illustration, and art; completely handmade, she mostly works with traditional methods of painting, drawing, and cutting, only using the computer at the final stages of the work. Her expressive, bold illustrations have won awards at Vuoden Huiput (The Best of The Year - Finnish annual awards) and have appeared in Elle magazine and It’s Nice That.
Born on the Scottish border, Lynnie Zulu studied Illustration and Animation at Kingston University, graduating in 2010. With an artist mother from Tanzania, Lynnie's work carries an African influence that is revealed in the energetic mark making and by the exotic characters she creates. Her illustrations can be found in, amongst others, fashion print, LP artwork and live art performances, and has featured in i-D, Vogue and Juxtapoz magazines. She has exhibited in various group shows alongside artists including Rob Ryan, Paul Willoughby and Monica Canilao, and in 2013 had her first solo show Jungle Fever which was set to afro-beat and calypso music.
French illustrator Thibaud studied Graphic Design in France before moving to London to establish his own studio. Moving away from the trends in illustration today, Thibaud’s practice is a contemporary take on the old school etching technique of crosshatching. This technique allows him to fully study his architectural subjects. Each drawing takes Thibaud around 150 hours, although his first one took him eight months. He was given complete freedom with the layout of his book London Deco, published by Nobrow press, a compendium of concertina pages to accommodate his scaled drawings London buildings.