If you ever want to see some of Michelle Thompson’s work you rarely have to look further than your local newsagents. Her work regularly adorns the pages of papers like Guardian and The Economist, covering every topic from the Theory of Evolution to revenge porn.
However, for anyone looking for a slightly more permanent fixture (or simply at a loose end after picking up their weekly groceries at Fortnum & Mason) a quick trip to the recent Royal Academy of Art’s Summer Exhibition would reveal a familiar name on the wall.
“The Journey” was originally submitted to the RA in February, after a friend of Michelle’s was suddenly forced to leave her home and family along with thousands of others.
The piece was created on the week that the Ukraine War started. A friend who I had met through NFTs was in Kiev and had to leave her husband with two small children - hence “The Journey” title.
Michelle’s work is often responsive, and has her voice layered within her found and altered images - weaving narrative amongst the textures she is so well known for. When the assault on Ukraine began, for Michelle the personal connection made it impossible to separate from her work.
For the first time I knew people that were affected, all my personal work in the next couple of weeks seemed to be really dark.
“The Journey” isn’t Michelle’s first piece to be selected for the RA’s annual event - her collage “The Red Dress”, created on the back of one of her grandad's sketchbooks, was shown in 2020. If you missed the exhibition, never fear! You can get your very own limited edition print here
Michelle Thompson is represented by Handsome Frank Illustration Agency. To see more of her exceptional work you can view her portfolio at https://www.handsomefrank.com/illustrators/michelle-thompson
Rive Gauche Studio (Marcel Laverdet), represented by Phosphor Art was recently commissioned by Tandem Design in Belfast to create some artwork for the exhibition space at Clondalkin Round Tower, a 7th Century monument in South Dublin.
Later this Summer, The Coningsby Gallery will be delighted to welcome Début Art-represented artist Alan Berry Rhys to The Coningsby Gallery to present ‘Carnada Viva’, an exhibition of original paintings and screenprints inspired by the culture and lifestyle surrounding the Paraná River in Argentina. The exhibition will run from the 29th August until 9th September 2017.
In the depths of winter 2016 Sarah Maycock and Tom were invited to the Natural History Museum to discuss a new and exciting (top-secret) project. Ushered through a side door they gathered round a grand table in one of the many rooms of the museum that are closed off to the general public. Benji from Weidemann Lampe showed us some complex looking floor-plans, which were the initial thinkings of the 'Whales: Beneath the Surface' exhibition that opened it's door in July 2017.
Artist Partners are proud to announce:
A celebration of the work of Brian Sanders, the leading British Illustrator, who rose to prominence in 1960s London. As a highly respected member of Artists Partners he created work for most major UK magazines, from Sunday Times to Nova, for advertising campaigns such as Ford, Phillips and the British Army, and for film posters including ”Oh What A Lovely War”, “Paint Your Wagon” and “Lady Sings The Blues”.
During 1965 he was appointed by Stanley Kubrick to paint and draw the filming of “2001; A Space Odyssey”.His work provides a beautiful and remarkable insight into one of the most celebrated science fiction movies of all time.
In 2011, Sanders re created his early style of work and captured 1960’s New York Madison Avenue in a poster and DVD cover for Mad Men Series 6.
“I feel like London is the only city in the world which is instantly recognisable by its transport images, ” says Elizabeth Scott, head curator at the London Transport Museum. “The tube map, the roundel, the red bus – they’re all symbols of London itself.”
2015 was a record-breaking year in growth and turnover. Last year the numbers were the best since Neilson reports began. The Bookseller Children’s Conference took place on Tuesday 29th September; with Bright opening our first exhibition, ‘Where The Story Began’;
Paul Young showing works from the past thirty years of his career, with other friends from college.
The three of them have revisited in the same space all these years later with an exhibition which showcases all of Paul’s incredible work from his career as an illustrator spanning from his earlier airbrush artwork through till present digital work.
Details of the exhibition can be found here
Alex Trochut is currently exhibiting his latest binary prints exhibition: ‘Think Twice’ at Collette in Paris. Alex invented (and patented) a process through which two completely separate images could be shown on one surface–one which appears in light, and one which appears only in the dark. This glow in the dark wall installation explores dual transformations of multiple subjects, depending on how we perceive them, either from day light or in the dark.
Alex Trochut is represented by Debut Art