I’ve introduced you to the best new graphic artists as showcased by Pick Me Up Selects, now here’s my pick of the rest of the show, where collectives and print studios have the chance to show their wares. I don’t know if it was a conscious decision to focus on a fresh selection of talent this year, but it was great to discover new graphic art from collectives as far flung as Australia.
These beautiful abstract 80s influenced risograph prints are by Gabriella Marcella for the Glasgow based Risotto Studio.
Supergraph is Australia’s very own contemporary graphic art fair and this year they were in attendance at Pick Me Up London to showcase the best work from artists down under. It was great to discover such wonderful new talent on our own shores! Here are some of my favourite pieces. Above, marvellous nature inspired abstract work by Cassie Brock.
Crazy cactus hanging plant pot by Julie Newton.
Bloody Maria Maria Montes – the perfect hangover cure writ large.
Horse and pebbles with personality. Ace work by Australian artist Pete Cromer.
Sope Studio is comprised of four designers, working to support each other’s working process. I loved their take on the ubiquitous pineapple and the use of metallic inks, especially on some fab graphic tiles that visitors were able to print with themselves.
Not Another Bill is an innovative service that allows users to subscribe to monthly curated boxes of beautifully made goodies.
La Tigre is an Italian graphic design studio – for Pick Me Up they had put together La Tigre Habitat series, a beautiful collection of postmodern images featuring colourful graphic shapes.
Niles Collective showcased work on a haphazard wall that meant I did not get all the artist’s individual names, but I loved a great deal of it.
I do so love a hydrangea!
Happy house! From Elliot Kruszynski.
Pocko develops and nurtures creative talent: here was their fabulous wall.
I also liked this magical work by Andrew Holder.
The Italian based Studio Fludd is a multi-disciplinary designer collective operating since 2008. Gelatology was inspired by the many forms of ice cream, a truly delicious affair with a distinct 80s twist.
Also on show were geology inspired works, such as this fold out book (bottom image) by Paulo Berra.
It was too hot to stay long in the Hato Press room (I really felt for the collectives based in the upper Embankment galleries – why can’t Somerset House provide more relief from the stifling heat?!) But I liked this octopus.
The 80s have been bubbling under for a few years now, but the fun times of this decade were a major influence throughout this year’s Pick Me Up, particularly in the playful pastel themed set design of the Lazy Oaf room.
I loved the rainbow filled fun room inspired by scratch art from Blink Art.
Layzell Brothers: Rainbro.
Marble Giant by Robert Hunter.
There were some delightful prints available to buy for a very reasonable price from the animation based Moth Collective.
The Peckham Print Studio have set up a working studio in Somerset House, with plenty of live collaborations on the schedule. Lots of awesome artwork on the walls too, such as this 80s influenced abstract by Will Harvey.
And the last one from this year’s Pick Me Up… by Marcello Velho.
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- Pick Me Up Selects 2015 Review
- Pick Me Up Contemporary Graphic Art Fair 2012: Review
- Pick Me Up Contemporary Graphic Art Fair at Somerset House: Review
- Pick Me Up 2011 at Somerset House: a review