Superstar Victo Ngai received a wonderful call from the Society of Illustrators, and we are thrilled to announce that she has won a silver medal – along with having 5 singles and one series admitted. This is a huge accomplishment, yet while it ain’t her first rodeo, she remains humbled by the honor.
I am detracting from how deeply meaningful this year’s accolades were for the artist, however. In Victo’s own words:
“Making art and promoting art have been trivial these couple weeks after the presidential election but this piece of good news from society reminds me that art can be the best tool to bring people together, it’s a universal language that embraces all. I have never felt any adverse effect on my career for being a female minority, and I think I have taken that for granted. The current political climate has been a reality check, it reminds me that it’s very easy to hate and demonize, to thinking the world as “us” vs “ them”, while it takes the best of us to understand and empathize. I have been extremely lucky to be born at this time and be working in an industry and living in cities that’s very accepting. I need to remember that I am able to live the life I live now because of those who fought the battles before me, for me.”
Congratulations, Victo, and thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts with us.
Now in its 10th year, London’s illustrious “Art Below” has selected conceptual artist Anson Liaw to be one of 25 featured artists for its upcoming summer show.
Showcasing both emerging and established international artists, the show will open with a private event on June 28th at the Tabernacle Gallery in Notting Hill. Heralded as the “Taj Mahal of Kensington,” the Tabernacle was originally built as a church in 1887 and currently serves as a cultural and entertainment venue that celebrates a distinguished variety of art forms.
In keeping with Art Below’s mission, which aims “to enrich the everyday life of the traveling public by giving fresh insight into the very latest in contemporary art whilst at the same time providing a platform for emerging and established talent,” the featured works will be displayed on billboard spaces across major London Underground stations throughout the duration of the show. We certainly consider that to be fantastic exposure!
To learn more about this event please visit the Art Below website – and we’d like to extend a massive congratulations to Anson Liaw for this fantastic honor.
Sylvie Daigneault is thrilled to announce that she will be taking place in a terrific group exhibition celebrating 50 years of illustration in Toronto. The opening of The Museum of the Street is tomorrow: check it out!
Since the beginning, we have been huge fans of Pete Ryan’s sense of humor and visual puns. His amazing wit and clever ideas have been the cornerstone of his work since day one, yet we’ve also enjoyed seeing how his “look” has slowly evolved over the years. It goes without saying that his work is both smart AND aesthetically engaging, and we couldn’t be more excited to learn that a major industry heavyweight just happens to agree.
We’d like to give a massive congratulations to this hardworking artist, who has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators with a silver medal in the editorial category for his piece on being Christian in the city, created for Buzzfeed:
Any acknowledgement from the Society is an incredible honor, but we’d like to humble-brag and mention that the competition for this particular category is especially fierce. Regardless, Pete’s awesome image was able to rise to the top – and we couldn’t be happier for him.
Paul Garland reached out to us with some very exciting news this week, and we are delighted to be able to share it with you. His striking graphic piece, “Meeting Place,” has won the Prize for Illustration, jointly organized by the Association of Illustrators and Transport for London!
Paul’s entry centers on the Greenwich Meridian Line and celebrates this important meeting place. In the words of the artist, “I”ll come from the East as you come from the West to the Prime Meridian, Greenwich and we’ll meet each other at the center of world.”
Posters may be purchased in all sizes here – and congratulations, Paul!
Paul Garland reached out to us with some very nice news recently, and we felt inclined to share! From his blog:
“…I’ve just received an email from The Association of Illustrators informing me that my entry to ‘The Prize for Illustration 2015? in association with the London Transport Museum has been successful and will be amongst those exhibited! A big thank you to all of the judges!
Here is a sneak peak at my entry titled ‘Meeting Place’ – just a tiny section, I’ll reveal all at a later date…”
Some may recall that Paul’s wonderful polar bear was honored in the same show last year:
It is a good day when so many wonderful illustrations are honored that you accidentally overlook another talented MGI’er. Our apologies to Sylvie Daigneault, who was also recently recognized by the 3×3 Pro Show.
Sylvie’s beautiful “Mutation” series received a ‘merit’ in the gallery category:
The illustrious 3×3 Pro Show has announced the medalists/winners/champions/heroes of their latest context, and we are very proud to announce that a few talented MGI’ers have been selected/chosen/appointed once again!
We have an announcement for our non-threatening friends up north (O’ Canada)! Those in the Toronto area on May 16 should head to the Communication Art Gallery for the opening of Sylvie Daigneault’s “Chimera,” a celebration of her intricate and beautiful pencil creations.