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Camberwell College of Arts Illustration MA Graduate Show 2011 Review: part one

Best finds from the Camberwell MA Illustration show this year included stunning artwork by Simone Philippou, Juste Halavin, Gerda Razmaite and Madalina Andronic.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Simone Philippou
Illustration by Simone Philippou.

Last night I went along to the Camberwell College of Arts MA illustration graduate show. I always find it odd to return to Camberwell, hospital mooching around rooms where I once studied on my foundation course 20 years ago. Eeek! Here’s the best of what I found.

Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Simone PhilippouCamberwell illustration MA review 2011-Simone Philippou
Simone Philippou was first to catch my eye with her beautiful woodblock artwork, look featuring jumping frogs and skipping children in powerful lime green and orange colours.

Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Juste HalavinCamberwell illustration MA review 2011-Juste HalavinCamberwell illustration MA review 2011-Juste HalavinCamberwell illustration MA review 2011-Juste HalavinCamberwell illustration MA review 2011-Juste Halavin
In the corridor Juste Halavin showcased some beautiful work featuring big eyed well dressed animals engaged with humans in curious situations.

Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Goncalo Constanza
Goncalo Constanza went all psychedelic for her bold musical influenced optical artwork.

Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Jo Chen
Jo Chen‘s What are you looking at? was a meticulously presented crowd of curious individuals.

Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Gerda Razmaite (Kai)
Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Gerda Razmaite (Kai)Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Gerda Razmaite (Kai)Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Gerda Razmaite (Kai)Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Gerda Razmaite (Kai)
Next door I fell in love with the work of Gerda Razmaite (Kai), pills which tackled the history behind the names of the streets of London in a beautifully intricate and quirky style, not photographed to best effect here. Amazing stuff.

Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Beibei Nie (Xiangdi)
Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Beibei Nie (Xiangdi)
Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Beibei Nie (Xiangdi)
If ever there was proof that the UK is now exporting creative cultural capital it was the prevalence of visiting Chinese students on this MA course: almost half by my count. Beibei Nie (Xiangdi) had produced a series of surreal prints titled Nostalgia, featuring inanimate objects appropriated by oversized animals.

Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Yixin Fu
I liked this delicate painting for The Red House, a children’s book by Yixin Fu.

Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Madalina AndronicCamberwell illustration MA review 2011-Madalina Andronic
Madalina Andronic‘s The Fairy of Dawn was an intricately beautiful work fit for a children’s fairytale written by Ioan Slavici. I loved the spectacular use of shape to give motion in these images.

Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Holly Zarnecki
Camberwell illustration MA review 2011-Holly Zarnecki
Holly Zarnecki took papercutting to the next level of complexity with a large scale illustration of the Coalition government. It was good to see a level of political engagement in this work, something which is all too often lacking in the graduate illustration I have seen.

More coming soon! You can read my second review of the Camberwell MA illustration show here.

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3 Responses to “Camberwell College of Arts Illustration MA Graduate Show 2011 Review: part one”

  1. madalina says:

    thank you, thank you, thank you for your appreciation, amelia!!! I think it would have been great to meet you in person at the show, too!
    love,
    Madalina

  2. Beibei Nie says:

    Thank you amelia! I happened to find your lovely review although it already passed one month.Thank you for your recommend my work! I also follow you on twitter.

  3. Amelia says:

    fabulous, nice to meet you all over the web Beibei!

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