The World Illustration Awards

I visited the World Illustration Awards Exhibition at Somerset House this weekend, in association with the AOI.
I always enjoy visiting Somerset House for an exhibition, the exhibitions are consistently great and it’s a pleasure to visit the venue alone (and the gift shop…and the many different eateries aren’t too shabby either!)

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The award has been running since 1976 and 1200 artists from all over the globe submitted work in the eight categories: Advertising, Books, Children’s Books, Design, Editorial, Public Realm, Self Initiated and Research & Knowledge Communication.

A shortlist of 165 works was elected by a judging panel (see more at theaoi.com/awards). The exhibition itself is curated from highlights of the shortlist.

All the work was beautiful and to an amazing standard, but these are a few of the main ones that caught my eye…

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Beautiful work by Paper Sculptor Gail Armstrong in the Advertising/Professional category. This piece was commissioned by SOGO Hong Kong as a celebration of the department store’s 29th anniversary.

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Amusing and delicately painted illustrations of imaginary homes by Illustrator Nicholas Stevenson. I just love these little Henry Hoovers!

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Work by Overall New Talent Winner Jessica Bromley Bertram. Jessica illustrated a collection of 14 illustrations for a story of a man falling in love with a drowned woman.

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I really liked this illustration by Rebecca Hendin on the theme of surveillance and paranoia. The image was commissioned as an editorial piece for STRIKE! Magazine.

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And there’s no missing this collection! Delicately painted duck eggs by Illustrator Andy Ward.
This was a submission in the Advertising/Professional category and was commissioned for Morrisons. Andy created three hand-painted portraits of ‘Cel-EGG-rity’s on eggs per day, over six days in response to live Twitter requests from the public. You can see more of Andy’s process on his blog here.

The exhibition is in The Terrace Rooms, South Wing and runs until 01 Nov 2015.
Opening hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm. Admission is FREE

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