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Free Range Graduate Shows 2012: Middlesex University Illustration Ba Hons Review

Wonderful presentation and loads of great talent at the Middlesex University illustration graduate show.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Middlesex University Illustration -ben hendy
I was absolutely blown away by the quality of work on display from Middlesex University illustration students this year: many students had worked in 3D and their stands included decorated objects – a far better and more engaging way to showcase their illustrations than simply plonking some drawings on the wall. Many students stuck to a simple (almost) monochrome palette, whilst others utilised a blaze of colour:

Middlesex University Illustration -ben hendy
Middlesex University Illustration -ben hendy
Ben Hendy‘s curious circus characters were splatted across an arcade pinball machine and painted with appealing energy on a rich red background. (see also the opening illustration).

§Middlesex University Illustration - amy johnson
Middlesex University Illustration
Amy Johnson combined papercutting skills with silhouetted shapes and delicate brushwork in her fairy tale themed imagery.

Middlesex University Illustration -Evagelia Segkou
Middlesex University Illustration -rae henry
Evagelia Segkou explored circus burlesque, as did Rae Henry.

Middlesex University Illustration - emma simpson
Emma Simpson explored the darker side of children’s stories with huddled, drowning and mournful figures against painterly minimalist landscapes.

Middlesex University Illustration -Emma Simpson
Middlesex University Illustration -Emma Simpson
Illustrator Fay Brown has a similar style of painting faces but prefers her figures on sparser pencil backgrounds. I liked her multi-dimensional narrative tableaux.

Middlesex University Illustration -Fredrik Eden
Fredrik Eden‘s sideshow featured strange and wonderful implements.

Middlesex University Illustration Dionne Kitching
Middlesex University Illustration Dionne Kitching
Middlesex University Illustration Dionne Kitching
Middlesex University Illustration
Middlesex University Illustration Dionne Kitching
Middlesex University Illustration Dionne Kitching
I was captivated by Dionne Kitching‘s beautiful fairytale landscapes of wolves, woods, and strange hybrid animals.

Middlesex University Illustration -abby jones
Middlesex University Illustration -abby jones
A miniature theatre and insect specimens by Abby Jones.

Middlesex University Illustration -Eileen Kai Hing Kwan
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Glorious colour combinations by Eileen Kai Hing Kwan, who explored depression and anxiety for her final project.

Middlesex University Illustration -Hannah King
Middlesex University Illustration -Hannah King
Middlesex University Illustration -Hannah King
Hannah King‘s scratchy decorated screen made me think of Edvard Munch‘s The Scream and paintings by Hieronymus Bosch.

Middlesex University Illustration -Tom Cert
Tom Cert‘s stand featured these fun neon pastel creations.

Middlesex University Illustration -Maj Abrahamsson
Middlesex University Illustration -Maj Abrahamsson
Dancing burlesque cows in tutus and oversized cherubs by Maj Abrahamsson.

Middlesex University Illustration -Fern Newton
Middlesex University Illustration -Fern Newton
Fern Newton very cleverly created artwork to be viewed through 3D specs.

Middlesex University Illustration -Saki Watanabe
A detailed view of London by Saki Watanabe.

Middlesex University Illustration -Lefki Savvidou
Middlesex University Illustration -Lefki Savvidou
Middlesex University Illustration -Lefki Savvidou
I was mesmerised by the expressive faces of Lefki Savvidou‘s simple line portraits.

Middlesex University Illustration -Abigail Moulder
Middlesex University Illustration -Abigail Moulder
Middlesex University Illustration -Abigail Moulder
Abigail Moulder took papercut artwork to the next level with her intricate set pieces. They reminded me of former Middlesex student Emma Block‘s work, but with animated animals rather than delicate dining ladies

Jean-Phillipe Calver
Middlesex University Illustration -Jean-Phillipe Calver
Jean-Phillipe Calver created these bright risograph prints.

Middlesex University Illustration -helen walter
Helen Walter
Helen Walter‘s old-fashioned style suits our over-digitised age perfectly. She had also created a clever peephole vignette.

With this kind of talent on show I am very excited to be starting my position as a Senior Lecturer in the Creative Industries at Middlesex University later this year. Read my review of the 2011 Middlesex University illustration show here.

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