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Artists

Artist's work we regularly showcase in the Gallery


Lauren Child

Lauren Child

Lauren Child is considered one of the most talented and creative author/illustrators working today. Her first two books were published in 1999 – I Want a Pet and Clarice Bean, That’s Me, and she won the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal in 2000 for I Will Not Ever Never Eat a Tomato, the first of her Charlie and Lola picture books. Lauren published her first Clarice Bean novel in 2002 – Utterly Me, Clarice Bean, and the Clarice Bean series has sold over 6 million copies worldwide. In October 2005, the BBC launched a 78-part animated series of Charlie and Lola. The series has won four BAFTAS and is aired in more than 34 countries.

In 2008 Lauren launched UNESCO’s ‘My Life is a Story’ Campaign for UNESCO’s Programme for the Education of Children in Need, and was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2008. In 2010 she was awarded an MBE for Services to Literature. Her most recent work is the Ruby Redfort detective series for Harper Collins. Book four in the series is called Ruby Redfort: Feel the Fear published in September 2014. In Autumn 2014 Puffin Books published The New Small Person, Lauren’s latest picture book. 2015 is the 15th Anniversary of the first Charlie and Lola picture book and the 10th Anniversary of the Charlie and Lola tv series. In Autumn 2015 a new original Charlie and Lola picture book by Lauren Child will be published by Orchard Books called ‘One Thing.’

 

Helen Oxenbury – Alice

Helen Oxenbury – Alice

For a century and a half Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, Lewis Carroll's classic story of logic and lunacy, has delighted young and old alike. Gorgeously illustrated, this award-winning rendition is full of warmth and humour. The whole approach is contemporary and accessible: Alice herself is a child of today – casually dressed, personable, spirited. In Helen Oxenbury's hands, the topsy-turvy world of Wonderland is a wondrous place indeed!

Lewis Carroll (1832-1898) was educated at Christ Church, Oxford, and went on to become a mathematics lecturer there from 1855 to 1881. Lewis Carroll's most famous works are Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (published 1865) and the sequel Alice Through the Looking-Glass, which contained the nonsense poem classic The Jabberwocky (published 1872).

Growing up in Ipswich, England, Helen Oxenbury loved nothing more than drawing. As a teenager, she entered art school and basked in the pleasure of drawing, and nothing but drawing, all day. During vacations she helped out at the Ipswich Repertory Theatre workshop, mixing paints for set designers. It was there that she decided her future lay in theatre design.

While studying costume design, however, Helen Oxenbury was told by a teacher, "This is hopeless, you know. You ought to go and do illustrations-you're much more interested in the character, and we don't know who's going to play the part!"

But sets and scenery, not books, remained Helen Oxenbury's preoccupation for several more years as she embarked on careers in theatre, film, and TV. After marrying John Burningham, another of the world's most eminent children's book illustrators, and giving birth to their first child, at last she turned to illustrating children's books. "When I had babies," Helen Oxenbury says, "I wanted to be home with them and look for something to do there."

Today, Helen Oxenbury is among the most popular and critically acclaimed illustrators of her time. She is a two-time Greenaway Medal winner, and her numerous books for children include ALICE'S ADVENTURES IN WONDERLAND and its companion, ALICE THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, both by Lewis Carroll; Smarties Book Prize-winning FARMER DUCK by Martin Waddell; SO MUCH by Trish Cooke; as well as her classic board books for babies. More recently, she collaborated with author Phyllis Root on the jubilant, no-nonsense tall tale BIG MOMMA MAKES THE WORLD.

 

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl was born in Wales 1916, to Norwegian parents. After a distinguished career as a fighter pilot and diplomat during the Second World War, he settled down to become a full time author; first writing popular stories for adults; then, later, retelling many of the stories he made up at bedtime for his own children.

The first book Roald Dahl and illustrator Quentin Blake worked upon together was THE ENORMOUS CROCODILE. The two soon became firm friends, cementing one of the most eye-catching and distinctive collaborations in children’s literature. Roald Dahl died in 1990. His work has been published in over 40 languages and today is considered a modern classic.

“I could never guess what he was going to think of next.”
Quentin Blake

“It is Quent’s pictures rather than my own descriptions that have brought to life such characters as the B F G, Miss Trunchbull , Mr Twit and the Grand High Witch.”
Roald Dahl

 

Dan Crisp

Dan Crisp

Dan’s entirely hand created and unique style of digital painting is a contemporary response to the vast and varied influences of the British landscape.

Born in Beverley in the East Riding of Yorkshire, Dan studied Fine Art and Illustration becoming an accomplished painter and successful illustrator. For many years he illustrated for advertising agencies at the highly respected Northern Art Studios in Manchester and then turned his attention to book illustration. He has illustrated over 70 books and written many more, working for many of the UK’s leading publishers as well as clients in America, Australia and South Korea.

Dan’s landscapes are a personal body of work. Each composition is built up in layers of remarkable detail creating a depth and atmosphere which connects with the viewer. The juxtaposition of intense colour and bold design does not simply copy nature but is a sophisticated and modern interpretation of the natural world and the effect of light on it. Dan’s artistic talent and creative imagination are embodied in these tranquil and refreshing paintings.

Original Print. Dan’s paintings are created digitally and then printed using a giclée technique combined with screen printed overlays including spot metallic ink, high gloss spot varnish and hand applied ‘gold’ leaf.

These prints and have been crafted by printers specialising in the latest and traditional printing techniques. Each print has been carefully checked and then signed and numbered in small editions.

 

Quentin Blake

Quentin Blake

Sir Quentin Blake was born in 1932 and has drawn ever since he can remember. His first drawing was published in Punch when he was just 16. He went to Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School before reading English at Downing College, Cambridge. After National Service he did a postgraduate teaching diploma at the University of London, followed by life-classes at Chelsea Art School.

He has always made his living as an illustrator, as well as teaching for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art, where he was head of the Illustration department from 1978 to 1986. His first drawings were published in Punch while he was still at school. He continued to draw for Punch, The Spectator and other magazines over many years, while at the same time entering the world of children's books with A Drink of Water by John Yeoman in 1960.

He is known for his collaboration with writers such as Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, John Yeoman and, most famously, Roald Dahl. He has also illustrated classic children's books, and created much-loved characters of his own, including Mister Magnolia and Mrs Armitage.

His books have won numerous prizes and awards, including the Whitbread Award, the Kate Greenaway Medal, the Emil/Kurt Maschler Award and the international Bologna Ragazzi Prize. He is now recognised, according to The Guardian, as 'a national institution'. In 1999 he was appointed the first ever Children's Laureate, a post designed to raise the profile of children's literature. In 2002 ‘Laureate's Progress’ recorded many of his activities and the illustrations he produced during his two-year tenure. Since the 1990s Quentin Blake has had an additional career as exhibition curator, curating shows in, among other places, the National Gallery, the British Library and the Musée du Petit Palais in Paris. In the last few years he has begun to make larger-scale work for hospitals and healthcare settings in the UK and France where his work can be seen in wards and public spaces. Most recently he has completed a scheme for the whole of a new maternity hospital in Angers.

In 1988 he was awarded an OBE for services to children’s literature and in 2005 he was made a CBE. Sir Quentin Blake has collected numerous honorary degrees and doctorates which recognise his outstanding contribution to the worlds of illustration, children’s literature and now also exhibition curating. France paid a special tribute to Quentin by creating him ‘Officier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres’. He received a knighthood for 'services to illustration' in the New Year's Honours for 2013.

Quentin’s vision for a museum of illustration, to be called the House of Illustration, is currently being turned into a reality. It will be the place to see past and present illustration both British and International. The permanent collection will begin with the complete works of Sir Quentin Blake which consists of the entire collection of finished illustrations to over 250 books as well as freelance commissions over the past 60 years.

"There's no-one to touch him.“
Roald Dahl

 

Iain Faulkner

Iain Faulkner

“In technique, imagery and texture, his paintings convey a sense of timelessness ….”
Tony Pontone, Albermarle Gallery London

“I first met Iain Faulkner a few years ago and I became a great admirer of his work and his ability to capture both likeness and character in his paintings.”
Colin Montgomerie, Ryder Cup Team Captain

Iain Faulkner was born in Glasgow in 1973 where he was raised and educated. As a child Faulkner was encouraged and guided by his father, an electrical engineer, for whom drawing was both job and pastime. He went on to Glasgow School of Art graduating in 1996 with a BA (Honours) Degree in Fine Art. Faulkner is however, largely self-taught and from the start of his professional career chose to follow the difficult and demanding path of figurative painting. Iain now enjoys international reputation, resulting in numerous; sell out, solo shows in London, Spain, Italy and New York, a clear indication of the public’s appreciation of his work. He also has an ever increasing number of collectors for his prints with many editions sold out. Faulkner’s paintings are about capturing calm and contemplative moments, intimate exchanges and stillness. His subdued and harmonious palette combined with his tight composition emphasises the introspection and inner reflection in his work.