Pick Me Up is back! Here’s my run down of the twelve artists and illustrators chosen to exhibit as Pick Me Up Selects: this year the emphasis was on process as much as outcome, which meant a healthy selection of wildly different styles. Which is your favourite? Let the inspiration sharing begin…
I was extremely pleased to see Gaurab Thakali chosen to showcase a series inspired by Prohibition America for Pick Me Up Selects, having loved his narrative work at the Camberwell graduate show last year (read my review here).
Thomas Lamadieu creates surreal work by working into the spaces on photos that show the upward views of skyscrapers.
Illustrator Laura Callaghan titles her work with names such as Sweat, Gorge and Stasis. Her amazing maximalist artworks feature strong women surrounded by minute details that invite the viewer into a story. She is showing a series inspired by Dante’s Inferno (see also the opening image).
Peter Judson displayed a huge image of Somerset House alongside detailed crops to show juicy abstract details.
Hattie Newman is a paper sculpture specialist – loved this intricately cut tableaux of Miami.
Like some mad scientist Luke Evans makes artwork from jolts of static electricity fired from an old laser printer, resulting in oddly beautiful abstract patterns. Luke studied graphic design and photography, which has informed his clean aesthetic – prints are accompanied by a stylish video showcasing his techniques.
Zoe Taylor is a Royal College of Art graduate who creates atmospheric hand painted vignettes that call to mind stills from movies.
I think these cute inkblot animals might be goats! Rop van Mierlo lets chance take effect in his fluid paintings.
Detailed graphite drawings by Jennifer Argo are inspired by the patterns in glaciers, worked from large format photographs.
Swedish illustrator Sara Andreasson creates awesome work that is focused on bodies – using simple shapes in cut out paper to create bold images in a simple yet eye catching colour palette.
French designer Laura Jouan layers textures in an exploration of poster making.
Finally, these cute dinos are by Jack Cunningham, who is an animation and illustration graduate from Kingston Uni.
- Pick Me Up London 2015 Review
- Pick Me Up Contemporary Graphic Art Fair 2012: Pick Me Up Selects Review
- Pick Me Up Graphic Arts Festival 2013: Pick Me Up Selects Review
- The Other Art Fair April 2015: Review
- D&AD New Blood 2013 Review: Best Graduate Illustration and Graphic Design