Adam Stower’s Troll and the Oliver at Cartoon Forum 2015

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Arena is very excited that another of our talented artist's, Adam Stower, was also at this year's Cartoon Forum. The trailer forTroll and the Oliver, based on Adam's picture book was pitched to the group of broadcasters as a special, one-off 26 minute animation by Grid Animation in Belgium, in collaboration with Zooper Film and Tinker Labs. Aimed at 6 to 8 year old children, the TV special will be a 3D computer animation.

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Country gents: New exhibition by Sutherland surrealist

Sutherland-based artist Mark Edwards  has another brilliant show at the Catto Gallery in Hampstead from October 2nd - 21st October .... His wonderful paintings depict scenes of men in great coats and bowler hats in snowy, wooded landscapes.  Working from a former shepherd's cottage, his "The White Wood" series has led him to being "described as a modern master of a very British form of surrealism".

The Catto Gallery in Hampstead, London, will exhibit 24 new original canvases from the series next month.

Edwards, who also illustrates books, said: "For me The White Wood is to do with silence, memory, separation and things that I still don't really understand, occasionally humorous yet sometimes disturbing.But where I once felt uncomfortable and tense, now I'm far more at home with the surreal and intangible"

Edwards studied fine art at London's Medway Art College and then Walthamstow College of Art in the 1960s. He then moved north to the rundown property on the shores of Loch Hope.

Alongside his painting, he worked as a gillie on the neighbouring Duke of Westminster estate, but  stopped in 2007 and began creating art from which The White Wood series emerged.

 Edwards now paints from his remote studio in a cottage in Sutherland.

Read this article on Creative Review www.creativereview.co.uk/cr-blog/2014/october/enigmatic-paintings-by-mark-edwards-on-show-at-catto-gallery

Mark Edwards is represented by www.artistpartners.com

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Meadows and Woodland

Darwin Holiday Parks commission James Grover to put his art on the walls of their Piran Meadows site near Newquay.

Meadows and woodland were the inspiration for James, he also included some references to the sea too with Newquay's position on the Cornwall coast. James says "It was completely drawn in acrylic pens, with the background colour done in emulsion."

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Thomas Flintham: One to Ten… Animal Mayhem

Thomas Flintham's colourful animals run, swim, splash and dash from page to page in One to Ten… Animal Mayhem, a marvellous rhyming picture book, published by Scholastic this month. This is the first title in an exciting new early concept toddler range by Tom, which sees his delightful interpretation of a whole range of animals, introducing the numbers 1 to 10.

Thomas Flintham is represented by Arena

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Jonny Duddle New Picture Book: Gigantosaurus

Gigantosaurus, is the gorgeous, brand new picture book about Dinosaurs from award winning author and illustrator Jonny Duddle. His beautiful landscapes and detailed, lush forests of ancient ferns are a playground setting for dinokids; Bonehead, Tiny, Fin and Bill as they go on their adventures in the Cretaceous sun. They meet a triceratops, a diplodocus, a stegosaurus and a very scary Gigantosaurus in this crazy prehistoric caper. The new hardback edition comes with an enormous poster featuring the Gigantosaurus chasing our four little heroes. This is Jonny’s fourth picture book published by Templar Publishing.
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New Arena Illustration Artist – Emily Fox

Arena Illustration are delighted to introduce the wonderful work of Emily Fox, who has recently joined their list. Emily graduated from University College of Falmouth in 2013 with a first class degree in illustration. A keen observer of life, she is inspired by the people she meets and the world around her. She loves experimenting with colour, spending hours drawing in her sketchbook and she is particularly interested in illustrating children’s picture books and character design for animation. Emily's clever use of colour and strong characterisation means that her work can be applied to all manner of products and she has worked for a wide variety of clients already.

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Winter Wonderland

Emma Rios is commissioned to create her own winter wonderland backdrops for a range of fragrances.
Now showing in the current issue of Tatler, Emma uses paper silhouette's to capture these evocative scenes which were then photographed by Ted Humble Smith.

Emma Rios is represented by Illustration ltd

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Daniela Terrazzini’s Beautiful Virago Covers

Daniela was very excited when she was asked to illustrate this series of covers for one of her favourite publishers, Virago. This trilogy by L. M. Montgomery form part of the Virago Modern Classics collection. We are thrilled that Daniela could fulfil one of her dreams to work on a Virago cover and has blown everyone away with these really special illustrations, already gaining praise from the Virago team themselves, “I’m completely enchanted by the covers, which feature beautiful illustrations by talented artist Daniela Jaglenka Terrazzini.”

Daniela is represented by the Artworks

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Richard Johnson

A wonderful illustration commission came in for Richard Johnson and we are pleased to be able to show you the results! Usborne publishing asked Richard to contribute to their fabulous new three book anthology, 'Stories for Bedtime', and Richard's incredible work does not disappoint! Packed with classic stories, it's a cracking publication and Richard's work shines throughout. He even get the cover of the box! I urge you to get a copy as it'll become a firm favourite at bedtime!

Richard Johnson is represented by The Organisation

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Pietari Posti wins best book cover illustration category in the V&A Illustration Awards 2013.

We are very proud to announce Pietari Posti is the winner of the prestigious award for his beautiful work on the Arthur Ransome series, published by Vintage, 2012. The Judges loved the strong use of colour and shape in Posti’s work and the way this created a dynamic visual theme throughout the series of books.

Pietari Posti is represented by Debut Art

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