The Camberwell College of Art illustration show was by far my very favourite graduate illustration degree show to attend this year… I loved almost everything on display at Ovo Show, and they’ve also improved radically in terms of communication and promotion since last year’s Save Our Souls – many of them seem to be on twitter, they’ve held a sale of work to benefit Art Against Knives, and they had a wonderful stall where it was possible to buy prints, hand made books and even some knitted creatures by Alice Stanley (like I could resist!)
The folks manning the sales stand were utterly charming and on the case: tweeting me after we met. All the work was well labelled, with a website next to the name. Everyone had a website! Really, I get very excited about these small things. First up: upstairs.
Cressida Knapp‘s work had already caught my eye online: with a series of images illustrating everything from vikings to spacemen to Ai Wei Wei. She’d also created a series of paper mache heads, displayed in a row.
She’s interested in current affairs, which of course tickles me no end, and I love her dream like illustrations for Aurora and the Moon Man.
Chloe Simos created wonderful portraits of women – with long pigtails and embroidered shawls, with feathered headdress and medallions, with a banjo. Wonderfully patterned in just a few colours. The base of a lithograph worked especially well on the wall. And I LOVE her monkey.
Andy Barron did bold book jacket designs for some famous novels.
Liam Cobb did some wonderful designs for Coral City and The Cab Driver.
Rosie Chamberlain splashed great swathes of bright colours to create watery illustrations.
Inspired by plate techtonics Jimmy Patrick had made a bulging 3D quilt for his final piece, and next door he showed some outlaws on wooden animals, Four Riders of the Apocalypse.
Watch Fault Line up close in this fab video.
Sophy Hollington displayed some fantastic work from the book How the Dead Will Live.
Her poster for Mazes was absolutely gorgeous: weird and eye catching. She is a printmaker who looks for the magic in everyday life.
James Cartwright had done a gorgeous grahpic lino cut for an album sleeve.
Harriet Cory-Wright had done some fine line geometric abstracts.
Lizzie Scarlett Towndrow works in 3D with fabric and for the exhibition had created a huge bear figure – see the diagramatic drawings of his conception on Lizzie’s blog – as well as a patchwork chair and hanging.
Tamsin Nagel worked in fine pencil to create a weird other world, where elephants roam suburbia.
Philippe Fenner‘s red and black work was inspired by football teams of yore.
Thomas Slater‘s work used minimal colour ways to create bold images.
Next up my review of the work downstairs at the Ovo Show, held at the Red Gallery.
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