Last week, Steven Tabbutt blew us away with news of his success at multiple international shows, but it seems we may have made our announcement a bit prematurely – ladies and gentlemen, in addition to supplying the image for publicity surrounding Illustrative Berlin, Steven learned that he also took home the silver medal for his work in the “Young Illustrators Award” category!
It seems almost impossible to keep up with Steven Tabbutt and his continued success in the gallery world – his most recent email read more like a novella than a list of accomplishments. But the critically acclaimed artist has been turning heads since he was a student (when he won the 3×3 Student show and first caught Morgan Gaynin’s attention); and as his detailed vision continues to evolve, we are consistently left with a sense of pride….and maybe even a little envy.
Clearly, we are not alone.
Steven’s gallery in Paris, Yukiko Kawase, recently set him up with three international exhibitions, each of which responded beautifully to his most recent suite of work. “Belle en Été” (Paris), “Art Nagoya” (Nagoya, Japan) and “Art of Paper + 1″ (Brussells) were wonderful triumphs for all of the artists involved, and we were thrilled to see that they were also strongly embraced by various members of the cultural community and press.
Steven was also involved in the tremendously popular Illustrative Berlin show “Illustrative 2013″, where over 16,000 visitors took in the work of 200 hand-selected international artists. Steven was further honored, as his piece “Wasp” was used for their press release and promotional poster – which was also sold to attendees to commemorate the event.
”Wasp” also received additional praise from the publications “Traffic” and “Object N06″ (the latter of which is in conjunction with the festival). You can also take a peek at these awesome pictures and marvel in the incredible artworks (and the remarkably fashionable and hip attendees!).
Heard enough? Too bad, there’s more! Steven is participating in yet another group exhibition that is slated to open in Hamburg, Germany before taking off on a tour of Europe. “The Gathering” will seek to investigate social traditions while exploring their significance in contemporary culture – all while considering the effects of cyberspace and globalization. Those in Germany are invited to take in the reception, which will be November 15th.
This goes without saying but…..Wow, Steven!
Friends and colleagues are certainly accustomed to seeing us mix and mingle at the Society of Illustrators’ annual Original Art Show, which champions the art of childrens’ book illustration. This year is a little extra exciting for us, however, as Simona Mulazzani will be receiving a silver medal for her work on “I Wish I Had,” a stunning picturebook published by Eerdmans. This is truly an honor, and one of the most prestigious awards a picturebook illustrator can receive.
Illustration continues to garner respect in the gallery world, and this Thursday, May 23rd, we are excited to join Lisa Adams at Onishi Project Gallery for “Fine Art of Illustrators,” a group exhibition curated by Coco Masuda.
Lisa keeps great company, and this program is certainly no exception – the talented artist will be joined by Nancy Stahl, Robert Crawford, David Goldin, and Mary Lynn Blasutta.
If you are in New York, we’d love to invite you to join us at the opening – come say hello, enjoy a glass of wine, and take in these wonderful works.
Raul Colon received a nice note from the marketing manager at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art this week – there was a wonderful article written about the upcoming Latino storybook exhibition in “PreView Massachusetts”, and Raul’s artwork was featured on the cover! We hope that the program is a huge success.
“Folk tale literature throughout the world encompasses both magic and symbolism, comprising stories of saints, gods, myths, and legends. These repeated and recorded stories transcend various national and cultural boundaries.”
On March 26th, the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art will be presenting “Latino Folk Tales: Cuentos Populares – Art by Latino Artists,” a remarkable exhibition featuring sixty-three original works from bilingual Latino folk tales. The illustrations, which were used to enhance stories collected from various Spanish-speaking regions of the world, were created by of 12 of the best and most prolific Latin storybook artists working today, including our very own Raul Colon.
If you are interested in learning more about the event, please visit the Eric Carle Museum here, and you may also view a little preview of the exhibition here!
Image from Raul Colon’s “Sugarcane”
Dave Calver has been working hard, creating new characters and surreal atmospheres for his solo show at Spazio Orlandi, a gallery in Milan. Pleased to bring his special universe to fans in Italy, it has been with great excitement that we’re seeing Dave getting a little local press – like this great blurb in the Milanese version of la Reppublica! For those of us that need to work on our Italian, here is the translation:
“DAVE CALVER’ s characters turn collective imagination upside-down. With clear references to pop surrealism, the artist gives life to a parallel world very similar to the one portrayed by animated cartoons, where objects come alive and nature is the main protagonist. Dave Calver shows a natural approach towards a meticulous and detailed drawing. The majority of his works are made with pencil; black-and-white or colour works, refined and easy-going illustrations created to alienate the spectator from the reality shown by a world that is completely different from the one we see when we are children, a world in chains where one should follow precise rules, and where the desire to dream is often put aside to face everyday problems.”
The opening will be on April 16th at 6:30, and the show will be running until April 30th. You can visit the gallery’s website here for more information, and don’t forget to check out Dave’s press in la Reppublica!
On Saturday, April 13th, Tonya Engel will be setting up shop at a wonderfully eclectic show while simultaneously helping to raise funds for PS9 in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.
Fans of her dream-like works will be happy to see that she’s bringing along a few brand new original oils, in addition to prints on wood and paper. She is also expanding her brand, however, and will be debuting a few new boutique products such as handmade journals, greeting cards, and sculpted jewelry. No matter what your price point, this incredible artist has made it easy to take a little treasure home!
Take a look here to learn more about this fantastic afternoon. And for those of you that are unable to attend, don’t fret – you may also peruse the artist’s wares at her etsy shop. Just click here!
Fans of contemporary art are flocking to New York City, as the Armory Show and VOLTA have just kicked off. It’s an exciting time!
Last night, the Ladies of MGI were thrilled to attend the opening of VOLTA as guests of one of the participants, our very own Steven Tabbutt. Steven also has a very successful fine art career, thanks to his delightful Parisian gallerist, Yukiko Kawase. It was wonderful to spend some time with this phenomenal talent, and we were thrilled to see his latest pieces. You wouldn’t believe how finessed his originals are when viewed in person – we were truly blown away.
If you are in New York, be sure to take in this amazing show.
“Spectrum” is heralded as the leader in Fantasy and Science Fiction work, and the competition for this competition is fierce. For the 2013 Fantastic Art Awards, 5 jurors looked at and evaluated over 6000 entries, only a handful of which will be chosen for the Spectrum Annual, due out next fall.
Today we learned fantastic news, as Victo Ngai is a finalist for yet another gold or silver medal. This girl is on fire!! Victo’s piece, “Best of the Best,” has been nominated in the editorial category, and winners will be announced atÂ Spectrum Live, a weekend-long celebration of fantastic art, in Kansas City, May 17-19th.
You can take a glimpse at the other nominees, along with the judging process, here. And congratulations, Victo – you are in amazing company!
Image Copyright Victo Ngai: