Kingston University: Illustration and Animation Ba Hons Graduate Show 2011 Review. Animation.

Love animation? Then you'll love this lot: with work from the likes of Sophie Powell, Zach Ellams, Moira Lam and Sean Weston. Feast your eyes on this.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Kingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 Zach Ellams
Detail of artwork for The Deptford Mice by Zach Ellams.

As for the animation from Kingston, I didn’t manage to take much of it in at the exhibition so I’ve had a scout around on the internet in the intervening days. I absolutely adore Sophie Powell‘s The End, featuring talking planets and a Japanese voiceover.

I also love her Order/Chaos project with jiggling balls:

…and her collaborative project based on the Salmon Rushdie novel Luka and the Fire of LIfe, especially the ominous moving mountains.

Sophie Powell is inspired by murder mysteries, contagious smiles, pop up books and animals in clothes. Sounds good to me.

When Zach Ellams is not collaborating with Sophie he is making wonderful animations of his own. I was drawn to his 3D illustrated artwork (see above) for The Deptford Mice, which was made for a theatre performance in Wimbledon with Tim O’Leary. It’s a dark fantasy adventure of brave mice battling the sewer rats lurking beneath London.

Dawn Smit hung a load of images from the wall in an energetic way that caught my eye.
Kingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 Dawn Smit

Moira Lam made a hypnotic showreel of quietly turning music boxes for End in a Box.

The Morse Mystery is a funny and effective little animation with a story to tell, by Welsh born James Lancett.

Sean Weston goes up close and personal to tell the story of Bobby and Billy.

For Reincarnation by Angus Dick a man turns around and around the world, becoming a dragon, emerging a man.

And finally, two further versions of Luka and the Fire of Life, with some wonderful perspectives, firstly from a flying carpet in Katherine Robson‘s video.

And from behind eyelids and confronting monsters in this one by Ben Tobitt.

If you liked this animation why not read more about the illustration upstairs and downstairs too? I’ll leave you with an image of Rob Ryan in his cycling gear. It was a great exhibition, need I say more?
Kingston Illustration graduate exhibition 2011 Rob Ryan

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2 Responses to “Kingston University: Illustration and Animation Ba Hons Graduate Show 2011 Review. Animation.”

  1. Zofia Walczak says:

    This is all so damn inspiring! Beautiful beautiful animations.

  2. Naomi Chamberlain says:

    brilliant, fresh animation. particularly enjoyed the ben tobitt creation, really fantastic! there was a lot of quirky style in it but his figures still retained a classical stretch and squash style. loved it :)

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