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The judging panel was particularly impressed by the use of a well-known art-historical reference as commentary on current affairs and voted Trump Wave as the overall winner of the 2017 competition, making A. Richard Allen the recipient of the Moira Gemmill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.
For those that are not familiar with his background, it may come as no surprise that Carlo Stanga’s elaborately detailed illustrations have roots in architecture. This technical training surely informed his understanding of spatial relationships, and as a result, his stylized drawings are perfectly suited for creating distinctive maps.
Recently, one of his gorgeous maps was included in the new book The Art of Illustrated Maps, and we were delighted to see it extracted for this nice review in Print Magazine. Author Jessica Farris explains:
“While literally hundreds of books exist on the subject of maps and cartography, The Art of Illustrated Maps is the first book ever to fully explore the art form of conceptual, “illustrated” mapping. Author, educator and map illustrator John Roman correlates not-to-scale maps as “the creative nonfiction of cartography,” and in this book he reveals how and why the human mind instinctively accepts the artistic license invoked in imaginative maps”.
In his latest conceptual piece for the German publication Wirtschaftswoche, Carlo Giambarresi tackled the owners of family run businesses and their oft-perceived self-importance. The heading for this work was “I’m one of you”:
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.