Pick Me Up has once again returned to Somerset House, and from 22nd March until 1st April, the public can take a look around and explore a variety of work from the best in graphic art. ARTS THREAD went along to the opening night to take a look at the talent on offer.
This year’s exhibition is bigger than previous, and is showcasing a variety of illustrators, graphic designers and cartoonists from all over the world. The exhibition also has 20 specially selected new talents to showing their work, at a part of the fair entitled ‘Pick Me Up Selects’ – among these selected was Niki Pilkington, who has already worked for Topshop and Sir Paul McCartney.
What is nice about this exhibit is you get to talk to the people behind the artwork as well as getting the opportunity to purchase many of the items that are being displayed. Upon entering the exhibition you are lead around the Pick Me Up Selects, before going upstairs to the main event, separate rooms were also filled with exhibits from Print Club London, Nelly Duff, Soma and Peepshow.
Print Club London, A Two Pipe Problem and People of Print have already set up printing tables – ready to help the public to get creative. There is also a variety of events taking place within the exhibition with guest speakers and workshops.
Along the main gallery space you can see such a variety of talent, from the simple old English style letterpress printing from A Two Pipe Problem, the brightly coloured fabric artworks from Landfill Editions and the cartoon style pieces from Catchejack.
Some of the sections have been kept very simple, such as Soho Warriors Football Club – who has displayed their work in a simple and clean manner. Other have gone a bit more elaborate – Puck Studio have even created a tree with lots of balloons as leaves as the centre of their exhibit with their artwork displayed on the surrounding walls.
Pick Me Up runs from March 22nd to April 1st at Somerset House, London. For more information on the fair and to book tickets please visit Pick Me Up
Image credits: photography Kara Stanton