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University of Brighton Illustration Graduate Show 2011 Review: Fine Techniques

Brighton illustration graduates: the best of the rest! There was so much technical talent on display at this show, plus some interesting installation work on the upper floor. Here it all is. Watch out particularly for Katie Scott, Megan Pearce, Bradley Jay, Sam Ashton, Harry Bloom, Thomas Bird and Tom Duxbury.

Written by Amelia Gregory

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You’ve already read about the Collagists and the 80s influenced illustrators right? There was also some exceptional drawing and printmaking at the Brighton Graphic Design and Illustration Graduate Show. Here then is the rest of the best.

Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Katie Scott
Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Katie Scott
Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Katie Scott
Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Katie Scott
Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Katie Scott
Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Katie Scott
Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Katie Scott
Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Katie Scott
Katie Scott‘s beautiful work appropriated the look of old fashioned botanical engravings, but a closer look revealed her imagery to be a little more bizarre and out of this world – strange dinosaur like animals, birds with paws, frog legged hedgehogs. Her work showcased amazing technical drawing ability, as did the following few illustrators. Follow Katie Scott on Twitter.

Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Megan Pearce
Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Megan Pearce
Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Megan Pearce
Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Megan Pearce
Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Megan Pearce
Megan Pearce looked towards religion for her richly textured black and white drawings, combining symbolic references to God with visual metaphors of Haitian beliefs.

Sam ashton hoxton view
Sam Ashton Olympic site
Sam Ashton Olympic site
Sam Ashton had done some delightful drawings of deepest darkest Hackney – somehow managing to make this most urban of settings seem gloriously exotic in a swirl of colour and mark making. Many of the local views are being affected by guess what? Why, the Olympic development of course.

bradley jay WOLF
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Bradley Jay
Bradley Jay worked in fine black lines to create surreal narrative pictures featuring lions, kings, floating swords and severed paws. Amazing stuff, would love a print for my wall.

Mark Matcham future crufts
Mark Matcham future crufts
Mark Matcham future cruftsBrighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Mark Matcham
I was recommended to keep an eye out for Mark Matcham, who had worked on the theme of a Future Crufts – mutant dogs being the order of the day. I particularly liked his business cards on thin wood.

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Joseph Gough was influenced by film noir to create a series of narrative vignettes in stark monochrome.

Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Harry Bloom Teenage Kicks Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Harry Bloom Teenage Kicks Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Harry Bloom Teenage Kicks Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Harry Bloom Teenage Kicks
Loved Harry Bloom‘s intricate narrative drawings and large scale panoramas, with more than a nod to Richard Scarry and ilk. I was particularly taken by his mini book, Teenage Kicks, featuring teenagers in all their angst with amusing captions.

Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Noriko SatoBrighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Noriko SatoBrighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Noriko Sato
Noriko Sato‘s sign said Hello, Bowwow, Meow, And the earth rotates. How very enigmatic! I loved her little miniature characters and tiny portraits of animals.

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Miho Toyooka was influenced by the worlds of mysticism and rituals to create a constantly shifting kaleidoscope that was viewed from above – I couldn’t stop returning to see where the images went next. Most engaging.

Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Thomas BirdBrighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Thomas BirdBrighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Thomas Bird
Thomas Bird played with paper to create colourful sculpture and sets. Follow Thomas Bird on Twitter.

Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Tom Duxbury
Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Tom Duxbury
Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Tom Duxbury
Brighton University illustration graduate show 2011-Tom Duxbury
Tom Duxbury was inspired by Shirley Jackson‘s novel We Have Always Lived in a Castle, to create two tone narrative illustrations with a hint of Rob Ryan to them.

Still to come… Best of Graphic Design.

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