The V&A Illustration Awards are the UK’s most prestigious annual competition, honoring the very best in British book, editorial, and student illustration. And this year, A. Richard Allen proudly took the Editorial Illustration and Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Awards for his timely (unfortunately) and very witty (thankfully) illustration, “Trump Wave”.
“Trump Wave,” by A. Richard Allen:
“A. Richard Allen’s illustration accompanied an article in The Sunday Telegraph on the potentially dramatic impact of Donald Trump’s election victory on global financial markets. It takes its cue from the instantly recognisable composition of Katsushika Hokusai’s famous 19th-century woodblock print Under the Wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave). Adapted to Donald Trump’s equally familiar hairstyle, A. Richard Allen’s illustration is succinct and eloquent, managing to be humorous without being at all trivial.
The judging panel was particularly impressed by the use of a well-known art-historical reference as commentary on current affairs and voted Trump Wave as the overall winner of the 2017 competition, making A. Richard Allen the recipient of the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year prize.”
We couldn’t be happier to share this announcement with you today – and on the artist’s birthday, no less! Congratulations, Richard.
Valeria Petrone’s striking imagery garners a lot of attention, but it was particularly exciting to see her recent American Illustration profile.
Covering her sun-drenched childhood, inspirations, influences, and the technical aspects of how she creates her graphic work, it provides a colorful snapshot into the life of this fabulous illustrator.
When Jonathan Bartlett initially joined forces with Morgan Gaynin, one of the first things he mentioned was his interest in fashion – and working more extensively with that industry’s major players. A phenomenal gig with Ralph Lauren sufficiently whet his whistle and, further inspired to create works that would appeal to buyers, he began work on “Camofleur,” a historically-inspired and painterly interpretation of the classic camouflage patter.
In the artist’s words, Camofleur is “a collection of patterns, illustrated stories, and wearable items inspired by where I grew up and what I like about fashion.” The end result is a gorgeous update on a cool classic – check it out here.
We have been admiring Jonathan Bartlett’s ever-evolving work for quite awhile now, and it has been truly enjoyable to follow his ascent as an illustrator. He has continuously impressed us with his juxtaposition of classical imagery and fresh symbols, and we’ve always appreciated his subtle surrealism that is grounded in nature. And don’t even get us started on that impeccable technique!
Carlo Giambarresi sent us this recent beauty for the German publication ‘Wirtschafwoche’. In it, he tackles the article’s central theme: that one shouldn’t settle for life insurance while investing in more lucrative and diverse ways.