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From Start to Finish: A Collection of Book Illustrations
by Rachana Jadhav, Karin Littlewood, Fabi Santiago and Jennie Webber
6 January – 21 April 2017
From Start to Finish offers a vibrant and diverse mix of book illustrations drawn from a range of London artists, who present a visual explanation and insight into their working processes: from the initial starting ideas, sketches and subsequent rough drafts through to the final published pages.
Rachana Jadhav unpacks the graphic novel that accompanies the theatre production her (in residence at Half Moon from 2-7 February), which dramatically combines hand drawn black and white artwork with hyper real photomontage and a playful use of text. Rachana’s work gives a unique insight into the important use of storyboards and the integration of digital technologies within live performance, which formed the basis of the featured graphic novel.
In complete contrast, illustrator Karin Littlewood’s exquisite watercolours are drawn from her picture books for the very young, including Immi, Star Girl and Sea Horse (Otter Barry Books). Karin is the author of over forty children’s books and has been nominated three times for the distinguished Kate Greenaway Medal for illustration in books for children.
Fabi Santiago completes the exhibition with her gorgeous and playful screen prints, including a selection from her picture book Tiger in A Tutu, and soon to be launched Paws Off My Book, both published by Orchard. Fabi’s work offers the colourful vibrancy of her native Brazil.
Illustrator, printmaker and taxidermist Jennie Webber offers a stunning range of etchings and drawings reflecting her incurable curiosity for flora and fauna, as seen in her recently published first book, It Starts With a Seed (Quarto). Themes of conservation underpin each piece by Jennie; the idea being that if people are amazed by the natural world, then they will be more inclined to protect it.
Find out more about the artists:
The majority of the artwork featured in the exhibition and the associated books are available to purchase.
There will be an official opening event on Thursday 26 January, between 5.30pm – 7.30pm, where you can chat to the artists about their work in a relaxed atmosphere.
Beneath the artwork, there are chalkboards for visitors of all ages to make their own responses to the art. For all our exhibitions, we provide a gallery trail for children and special events. School and community groups can visit free of charge by prebooking and can use our gallery trail to support Arts Award Discover and Explore. For details contact Beccy on 020 7709 8908 or via email.
From Start to Finish: A Collection of Book Illustrations runs from 6 January – 21 April 2017 at Gallery @ Half Moon during the theatre opening hours: Monday – Friday 10am – 6pm and Saturdays 10am – 4pm (theatre show days only).