Pick me up 2014 exhibition

Posted on June 13, 2014 by Toothpicker There have been 0 comments

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Main: Jessica Das' Cat island; bottom middle: Artomatic; Bottom right: Hey


Life has been rather hectic since I got back to London, so there is a backlog of entries... Back in May, I visited the fifth Pick me up 2014 exhibition at the Somerset house, a contemporary graphic arts festival that showcases graphic art in all forms.

I have visited the show a few times before and it seems to be getting more popular every year, which is very encouraging. The festival not only provides an opportunity for the public to view contemporary graphic arts by artists, illustrators and designers working in various fields today, affordable artwork can also be bought at the venue. Here are some of the artists featured at the festival:


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Top left: Edward Carvalho Monaghan; Main: Andrew Groves; Bottom left: Jack Hudson; Bottom middle: Lynnie Zulu; Bottom right: Annu Kilpeläinen 


On the ground floor, Parisan/American illustrator Jessica Das's Cat island was especially fun and eye-catching, whereas Finnish illustrator Annu Kilpeläinen's colourful illustrations have this 1980s retro feel to them. Strong colour palettes are used by London-based designer Edward Carvalho Monaghan and Scottish illustrator Lynnie Zulu's African-influenced prints.

Barcelona's graphics studio Hey's prints are clean, bold and graphical, while British illustrator Jack Hudson's work is slightly retro, playful and quirky. I also like British illustrator Andrew Groves' nature inspired prints, the colour scheme is simple but effective.


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Top & 2nd row left: Isabel Greenberg; Top right: Hvass&Hannibal at Outline artists; Bottom middle: Kyle Platts; Bottom right: Linda Linko


London-based comic artist and illustrator Isabel Greenberg's wonderful folklore, myth and nature inspired work is quite unique and attracted many visitors. I found Finnish illustrator Linda Linko's abstract illustrations very refreshing, though her style cannot be more different from the nearby cartoon style prints by London-based illustrator Kyle Platts. His detailed, humourous and rather disturbing drawings require the eyes to adjust, but they certainly highlight the 'issues' with people in our society today.


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Top left and right: Sort letterpress; Bottom left: Puck Collective; Bottom right: Handsome Frank


On the upper floor, it was occupied by different illustration agencies with booths and workshop areas. Some of the ones included Outline Artists, Puck Collective, Handsome frank, Animaux circus, Artomatic, and Beach London etc.


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Main: Amimaux Circus; 2nd row right: Kristjana S Williams at Outline artists; Bottom left: Handsome Frank; Bottom right: Hvass&Hannibal at Outline artists


After visiting the festival, I also took the opportunity to visit another on-site photography exhibition, The Sony World Photography Awards. As one of the world’s leading photography competitions, the exhibition showcased the winning and shortlisted photographers from the 139,000 submissions from across all disciplines, from fine art to photojournalism to lifestyle. And below are some of the highlights from the exhibition:


Hao Li Li ChenSamara by Wolfgang WeinhardtSophie Gamand's wet dogs Disaster zone by AliC

Top left: Hao Li; Top right: Li Chen; Main: Samara by Wolfgang Weinhardt; bottom left: Sophie Gamand's Wet dogs; Bottom right: Disaster zone by AliC



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