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UWE Illustration Degree Show – Break a Lead 2013: Review

Excellent new talent spotted at the University of West England illustration degree show at Free Range on 27th June - 1st July 2013.

Written by Amelia Gregory

Jodie McNeil naked men
I regret to say that I have been somewhat remiss in my coverage of the annual stand alone UWE Break a Lead illustration show, despite this course turning out some top illustrators, including quite a few who have contributed to Amelia’s Magazine (although not in recent years, sadly). This year the graduating students chose to show at the Truman Brewery as part of Free Range, in a cavernous room adjacent to the UpMarket – a smart move it turned out, as this part of the exhibitions was much busier than elsewhere due to intrigued passing traffic. Here’s my pick of the talent:

Jodie McNeil uwe
I liked large scale illustrations of quirky domestic and religious inspired narrative situations, by Jodie McNeil (see also the top of this post).

Elizabeth Loveday Birchley lady
Elizabeth Loveday Birchley
Elizabeth Loveday Birchley created curious ladies and texts using old fabrics and embroidery instead of traditional paint.

Man cabinet by George McCallum
George McCallum gun shirt
George McCallum took a jovial approach to his show, building this striking man cabinet in yellow which he featured alongside a pastel patterned wooden gun held aloft by a man in a short sleeved shirt with a distinct 80s vibe. Miami Vice eat your heart out. His most recent tweet describes an intriguing next project: ‘started work on my bird house squats. based on abandoned millionaire mansions and counsel flats’...

Jack Bailey newspaper
Jack Bailey - Dancehall in the Foodhall
Jack Bailey used a minimal colour palette to produce a series of bold narrative illustrations with a humorous edge. I particularly liked Dancehall in a Foodhall – his image of ladies eating oversized fastfood.

Madison Shackell-York safari
An atmospheric ages old safari landscape pattern by Madison Shackell-York would not look out of place in a Nobrow publication.

First World Problems- laptop makes my legs hot, by Adeel Khan
Adeel Khan addressed a host of First World Problems in a poster: ‘Laptop makes my legs hot‘ was certainly one I can relate to!

Jess Warby
Characters by Jessica Warby UWE
I liked these characters by Jessica Warby, who specialises in complex decorative narrative illustrations created in a variety of media.

Brittany Molineux bottles
Brittany Molineux lighthouses UWE
These lighthouses by Brittany Molyneux are part of a picture book that won her a commendation for the Macmillan children’s book award. She enjoys exploring surreal narratives.

Fox By Amy Mattingley
A minimalist approach to illustration was practiced by Amy Mattingley, who created this lovely fox.

Joyce Lee - mac_scottish
Joyce Lee native american
These Scottish and Native American characters by Joyce Lee make use of juicily simple saturated colour palettes. She is also a qualified web designer and developer, so hopes to integrate both disciplines in the future.

Alison Beecham- portraits and mouths
Decorative eyeballs by Alison Beecham
I adored strange collages by Alison Beecham, featuring odd mixes of body parts and these ace decorative eyeballs.

Jayde Perkin
Lastly, Jayde Perkin uses a painterly approach to tell narrative tales such as this story of beach life.

I’ve got many more show reviews to catch up on, so keep an eye on the website to discover future graduate talent!

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