Monthly Archives: March 2011

CLOSE EYES TO EXIT

Somewhere between art object and pulp fiction, LE GUN is a celebration of drawing and storytelling – in the form of an art collective and magazine.

Tomorrow sees the launch of their new show ‘Close Eyes to Exit‘ @ Red Gallery in Shoreditch, along with their much anticipated publication LE GUN5. Alongside work by LE GUN’s many weird and wonderful international contributors, the main attraction at the exhibition will be The Unknown Room, a bizarre life size drawing in the 3rd dimension based on the contents of George Melly’s briefcase.

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Poster Man

Designer, illustrator, photographer and writer Christopher Gray currently working in the UK, director of Toy and represented by Studio AKA.  His new self-set challenge is to produce 100 posters by the middle of the year, all of which will be for sale.  Keep an eye on his blog We Shall See for ample graphic posters and much more.

Here’s a glimpse of his personal work – beautiful geometric shapes in sophisticated compositions and colour schemes.  And hopefully available to buy online soon..  Gray is also taking part in Designers for Japan, another great collection of imagemakers kindly contributing prints to raise funds for those suffering in Japan.

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DISASSEMBLY

Old Typewriter

A lovely series of new work from Canadian artist Todd Mclellan, including a short film showing how he does it.

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Imagine these on your bookshelf…

Ten new Don DeLillo book covers- art directed and designed by It’s Nice That with illustrations by London-based superstar Noma Bar (represented by Dutch Uncle & available to buy @ Outline Editions).

For those who don’t know, or want to know a little more.. DeLillo is an acclaimed contemporary author and playwright, winner of the Award for lifetime achievement in American literature, and hailed as one of the most significant American novelists of his generation. DeLillo continues to wow readers with his exploration of icons, obsessions, and the dark recesses of the American culture… HERE&NOW will buying one of these very soon.

If you love the new Don DeLillo covers then you’ll want to put them on your wall, and now you can… Picador have ten special prints to give away of Underworld and The Body Artist (there’s a limited edition of 500 each, all signed by the artist).

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Help Japan

Natsko Seki

A number of talented illustrators and designers are kindly donating a print to Print Okushon, set up to help raise money for the victims of the recent catastrophic earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  Prints will be auctioned off via ebay over the coming weeks, and a 100% of all money raised will be donated to the Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami Relief Fund.  Find a print you love and get bidding.illustration, Rob Ryan, Natsko Seki, Jess Wilson, East End Prints, Art, design, Japan, buy, sell, art, screenprint

Ben Eine opens in SF


Ben Eine, a born and bred Londoner and one of the most original street artists around, opened his exhibition Greatest last week to great acclaim.  Utilizing both gallery and public space and doing what he does best, his latest work is a large-scale study of the shape and structure of the 26 letters found in the modern English alphabet in varied typefaces, color configurations and word arrangements.  Painting the walls of the city, as well as displaying his canvases at the White Walls gallery, the now world-famous artist is set to do for typography what Banksy did for graffiti.

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This Is Where The Magic Happens

James Brown, based in London’s east end, spent ten years working as a textile designer before reinventing himself as an illustrator.  Well-known for his screenprints and use of typefaces, his works captures the imagination of the viewer, while each piece is hand printed and therefore unique.  The result?  A striking and very appealing portfolio. Represented by New Division, and available online through various London galleries, I think it’s safe to say you can expect to see a lot more from Mr. Brown.

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Quick reminder.. PICK ME UP starts tomorrow


Just a brief reminder that Somerset House’s contemporary graphic art fair, Pick Me Up begins tomorrow.  A great platform for the graphic art and design communities to show their best talent.  Also a special chance to see Anthony Burrill – designer, illustrator, artist and video director – in his ten day residency at the show, creating, exhibiting and talking about his work.  Somewhere to experience first hand the energy and excitement of the graphic art scene and meet some of the people involved.  Don’t miss it.

Date for your London Diary…

From the people who bring you Selvedge magazine –a publication covering fine textiles in every context: fine art, interiors, fashion, travel and shopping – comes their Spring Fair.  30 designer and makers, tea and cake, and a charming space… a nice way to spend the afternoon if you’re in the area.

Fresh from across the pond.. NEW Prints from Jason Munn

Jason Munn began making posters almost ten years ago for local venues and independent musicians, designing under the pseudonym The Small Stakes. Based in California he now works under his name, continuing to focus on posters, as well as design and illustration commissions.

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