Kingston University consistently produces some of the most exciting new illustrators in the UK and this year was no exception. Their show, Build 2013, was hosted at the White Rabbit studio space in Shoreditch, a pair of cavernous rooms in some railway arches. This was a tightly edited show with an imaginative interpretation of the Build theme. Here’s what I liked.
This Monkey Brain by Dan Singer was on sale as a limited edition lino cut – seriously tempted. He also works in zingy colours that I love – see his Matisse style artwork at the top of this post.
This lush book is by Rachel Shasha, featuring 80s inspired abstract graphics of the kind that have been popular for a couple of years now. I remain a sucker for this look.
The Slow Roasted Comics series by George Heaven takes a jovial look at the beauty regimes of women.
These lovely narrative images of betting sports are by the aptly named Matthew Booker (geddit?)
Madelen Foss obviously has a thing for dogs as they played a big part in her display at the Build show. ‘Some dogs bite, but not if they are treated right‘ and then some are just great big daft friendly mutts…
This image was one of a lovely set of risograph prints based on windows by Jack Taylor. In a wise promotional move he sent a set of prints to Wrap Magazine, and you can see the whole range on their blog here.
Rebecca Wheele‘s beautiful panoramas of cows could be prehistoric: maybe she was inspired by rock art?
Modern day stained glass by Michael Bartlett is inspired by his love of football.
I was really taken with the showcase put together by Joseph Melhuish, which featured fake computer screens depicting strange otherworldly environments inspired by Predator Drones.
There were many more inspiring displays, and I hope to cover Kingston animation sometime soon. Stay tuned.
- Call Me: Kingston University Illustration Degree Show 2014 Review
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- Tidy Kingston: Kingston University BA Illustration & Animation Graduate Show 2015
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- Kingston University: Illustration and Animation Ba Hons Graduate Show 2011 Review. Downstairs.