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52 Words a Year Illustration Exhibition: Mayumi Mori, Leni Kauffman & Oliver O’Keeffe

3 illustrators, 52 weeks, 156 illustrations!

Tue 7th April 2015 – Sat 18th April 2015

Nancy Victor, 6 Charlotte Place, London, W1T 1SG

Written by Amelia Gregory

Category: Art

3 illustrators, 52 weeks, 156 illustrations: that was the plan… and the goal was reached!
52 Words a Year is an online project by three London-based illustrators, culminating in 156 drawings, illustrating 52 words from February 2014 to February 2015.

A year ago, Mayumi Mori, Leni Kauffman and Oliver O’Keeffe came together to create the project 52 Words a Year. Every week a word was selected, and each illustrator interpreted it in their own way. The project has developed the creativity and flexibility of the artists and tested approach to their practice.

The strength of the drawings noticeably grows each week as the illustrators become more fluid and confident in their chosen visual language. Their styles are at once distinctive and experimental in approach, the confidence of the artists building as the project progresses, culminating in an eclectic but surprisingly cohesive array of images. This exhibition commemorates the completion of the 52 words.

The three illustrators met in 2004 at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, at the start of their reckless twenties. Though a decade has now passed and the three are now in their early thirties, they continue to draw, and drink, more than ever. As of the 11th of March, they have continued into the second consecutive year of their project, and show no sign of stopping.

52 words-wanderlust Leni Kauffman

week 52_goal_leni kauffman

Leni Kauffman is a freelance illustrator living and working in London. Her delicate, colourful approach to illustration is influenced by her childhood growing up in Tokyo, cooking, and travelling whenever she can. She is slightly obsessive when it comes to movies. She works mainly in watercolour, ink, and pencil.

52 words-morning.may

week 33_film_mayumi mori

Mayumi Mori is an illustrator from Japan who has spent half of her life in the UK. She loves natural science and worships Sir David Attenborough. Her illustrations reflect herself a lot - mostly optimistic and happy, yet sometime lyrical and serious, her ultimate goal is to tell stories through drawing.

52 words-scavenge Oliver O’Keeffe

52 words-change oliverokeeffe

Oliver O’Keeffe is a freelance illustrator and an associate lecturer in Illustration at Central St Martins College of Art and Design. Oliver works mainly with pen tablet and ink and his passions include comics and good French wines.

Opening times: Monday to Friday 10am–6pm, Saturday 12–6pm