You heard it right! The most talked about graphic art fair at Somerset House is back with an exciting line up of artists, collectives and galleries for this year’s Pick Me Up!
Running from 17-27 March 2011, the art fair will bring you the UK’s most original and cutting edge graphic design talents to galleries along London’s Embankment. This year’s exhibition, Pick Me Up Selects consists of 24 rising stars of the graphic/illustration world, who will showcase their work in a selling exhibition curated to reflect recent themes within the field. The fresh line-up of talents include:
Sarah Arnett, a graduate from the University of Brighton who develops her illustrations from sketchbook drawings, photographs and colour washes that are then digitally illustrated. Sarah was recently commissioned by Dior Perfumes to create an illustration influenced by René Gruau to show as part of Dior Illustrated: René Gruau and the Line of Beauty.
Polly Becker, who lives and works in Boston, designs both vintage style pen& ink illustrations and unique & charming assemblages using a mix of old fashioned toys and objects that tell stories.
Andy Rementer, a graphic designer from the USA, creates comic book strips through hand drawn sketches and digital technology. His work has featured in publications such as ESPN Magazine and Nieves.
Revenge is Sweet is a collaboration between Angelique Piliere (Lyon France) and Lee Owens (Melbourne Australia). The pair met while studying graphic design and began working together after moving to London in 2006. Their work is a mixture of mixed media collage, illustration, type creation and design.
Other talents include, Eda Akaltun, Paul Blow, Annelie Carlström, Gwenola Carrere , James Graham , Jessica Hische , Jules Julien, Seiko Kato, Wojciech Kolacz, McBess, Kate Moross, MVM, Yoh Nagao, Victo Ngai, Nigel Peake, Stefanie Posavec, Clara Terne, Tom Gauld, Takeru Toyokura, Zara Wood.
This year’s 10 day residency at the open studio is dedicated to Anthony Burrill and his long-time collaborators while they create new work across different media. The studio will include a photo booth set up by award-winning lomography photographer Kevin Meredith, interactive iPad software from digital agency Everywhere, a 3D paper model from graphics and ceramics artist Emily Forgot, spray stencil print making from sculptural artist and illustrator Wilfrid Wood and the studio’s very own DJ booth hosting DJs such as Jonny Trunk and Chris Coco.
Further highlights for this year’s event include Print Club London’s limited addition print by Rose Blake, ThemLot’s interactive walk-through city, It’s Nice That’s drawing event where each day ten top illustrators will create drawing in under thirty minutes, later to be sold and a pop up stall from last year’s residency designer, Rob Ryan. Not forgetting Ditto Press, Jaguar Shoes and Puck, and last years favourites Concrete Hermit, Evening Tweed, Nobrow and Nous Vous who will also be exhibiting their work.
There is a lot on offer and plenty to get involved in at this year’s fair, so make sure you head down and enjoy what Pick Me Up has to offer!
Image Credits: from top to bottom, left to right: Tom Gauld Untitled 2009 Cover for a book Digital© The artist; Sarah Arnett The Girl in the Garden 2010 Inspired by Dahlia for Dior, Personal series© The artist; Polly Becker Musical instrument ‘monster’ 2005 Hidden Cameras Assemblage with found objects © The artist; Andy Rementer Techno Tuesday 2006–2010 A weekly comic strip about Technology and Modern World published weekly in USA and Russia © The artist; Revenge is Sweet Sadness of the moon 2010 Self Initiated Project Mixed Media / Screenprint© The artist; Gwenola Carrere, Grouper 2008, Illustration for Plan B magazin, Acrylics and brushes on paper, 20 x 31 cm, © The artist.