You have waited long enough- you say, but it was surely worth it, because after the long wait you are all rewarded amply with this stunning book by Atak and Gertrude Stein and the first of many Nobrow releases in time for the holiday season.
In this illustrated version of celebrated poet and art patron Gertrude Stein’s first ‘word portrait’, Berlin based artist Atak visually recounts the fortunes of the poem’s two protagonists Barnes and Ada Colhard alongside a hand written version of the poem. Generally thought to have been created for Stein’s lover Alice Toklas, the poem represented a significant breakthrough in her prose writing as it focused on the interior quality of the characters and established the stylistic format for many ‘portraits’ to come.
Atak’s unique style of illustration harks back to the days of chromolithography. As with these early printing techniques, on every page of the book each print layer is meticulously created by hand directly onto film. There are only a handful of artists left still using this technique and the result is inimitable. The book has the look and feel of something created in the early days of printmaking.
Directly from the pages of Birchfield Close, the acclaimed graphic novella by Jonathan McNaught comes a series of prints that humorously represent the biodiversity of the British wildlife. This print ‘Pond and River’ is just over A4 size, printed in an edition of just 35 copies. Also check out ‘Town and Garden’ keep your eyes peeled for the final two in the British Wildlife series to be released soon.
Child-eating turtles, seductive man-eating serpent-ladies and giant, drunken human-crushing babies, what could possibly tie them together? The Bento Bestiary is returning to our webshop and to a bookshop near you as the very affordable Hardcover Edition. For any of you who missed out on the chance to own the lavishly printed Small Press Edition, here’s your chance to nab your own little slice of the Bento Beasties.
With an entirely reworked text by author Scott J Donaldson and a host of upgraded Yokai from artist Ben Newman, the Bento bestiary is a must have for any fan those Japanese super beasts who have dominated our screens and minds for the better part of half a century. Read up on Godzilla and Mothra’s great, great grandparents and prove yourself a worthy fan, ignore them and you may yourself end up on the wrong side of a pair of monstrous chopsticks…
The Bento Bestiary will be released on October 20th 2010, pre-order available from October 1st!
On the 23rd of September Nobrow gallery will be welcoming the eminently talented Belgian surrealist illustrator/artist Brecht Vandenbroucke to our gallery space at Nobrow Shop and Gallery, where we will be showing a collection of just under twenty works by the prolific painter. Private view starts at 6.30 pm on Thurs 23rd Sept. Click here to RSVP and see event details.
Brecht Vandenbroucke, one of the most recent additions to the roster of Nobrow artists, works in the true tradition of his Flemish predecessors, vast and complex paintings detailing everything from the apocalypse to the mundanities of everyday life. His stunning use of colour and adeptness with printmaking made him a prime target for Nobrow activities from the first time we saw his work on Flickr, via a small 20px squared portrait on a comment box of someone else’s Flickr photostream. Yes, it was a strange way to come across such great work, but that’s why its so great… read more here.
Last week saw the opening of our second exhibition at Nobrow Gallery, ‘Doom 3.0’. This time it was a double hit of illustrative euphoria as artists Jon Boam and Matthew the Horse took the mantle. After a busy week of preparation the gallery was finally transformed into a doodler’s paradise, with Jon and Matt’s kindred yet distinct styles gracing every surface of the premises, whether framed, clipped or painted directly onto the walls. Some of the characters even came to life, thanks to the ever impressive felt-craft of one Felt Mistress.
Our usual selection of books, zines and prints are coexisting nicely with the new arrivals housed on some brand spanking new shop fittings and a slew of new products are on the way soon to fill their maiden shelves. Come and have a look for yourselves and don’t forget to pick up one of the unique packs of mini prints by the two artists for the amazingly low price of just 20 pounds!
Originally produced as a four page comic short story for Finnish comic art studio KutiKuti, Brecht has allowed us to create these beautiful four colour screenprints from his original commission. The series is printed in an edition of just 35, at SRA3 size. Brecht is also the next artist to appear in the Nobrow gallery, with his exhibition premiering on the 23rd of September 2010, more details to follow on this soon.
After a period of relative quiet here on the blog, here’s our latest. We have just released two brand spanking new prints by the famed Mr Teagle. Busy Fighter and Annubis vs The Rain originally appeared as Jack’s business card designs just after leaving college, but they were such great images we had to turn them into prints. In the nick of time they were released before the launch of the D&D show at our Gallery/Shop on Great Eastern Street and we have only just had the time to photograph them for the website. Check them out here.
We are very pleased that we have finally found a way to bring the good ol’ Eyebird into physical form in this stunningly hand crafted set of limited edition sculptures by Italian artist Makkinoso. Created in an edition of just 10 hand painted resin cast figurines this is a collectors item for any die hard Nobrow fans. Each bird comes packed in traditional Kaiju toy fashion, in a polythene bag with a header card, the classiest way of presenting such a fine object, hehe.
So we are revving up for the next big exhibition at Nobrow Shop and Gallery and thought we’d give you all a decent heads up of what’s to come… Artists Matthew the Horse and Jon Boam are galloping south this summer to show their collective brilliance at Nobrow Shop/Gallery! A collection of the insane and absurd, humorous and horrific, the Dynamic Duo will be sure not to disappoint. With original paintings, screen prints, digital work and 3D pieces, the show will be an explosion of colour and craftsmanship to make your eyes bleed with joy! if such a thing is possible… I will posting more deets as we come closer to the show, earmark your calendars and keep your eyes glued to the Facebook page for updates and pics. The show will be up from July 22nd to 23rd of September @ Nobrow Shop and Gallery, 62 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3QR, London. Private view is from 6:30pm to 9:30pm on the 22nd of July, the usual free booze and merry making applies. Hope to see you there!
Hello all, we are starting a series of Process Talks soon at our HQ in 62 Great Eastern street. The first talk will be given by Heart agency artist Nick White, who will also be signing his book People I’ve Never Met… at the event.
The aim of the series of talks is for artists to speak through their creative process, from sketchbook to final artwork, to getting the work out into the big bad world for the benefit of fledgling illustrators, students and aficionados. Nick has years of experience working as an illustrator for a range of clients including TimeOut London, Plan B, World of Interiors, Cent. magazine and the LA Times, and is also the author and artist behind Nobrow’s ‘People I’ve Never Met and Conversations I’ve Never Had’. The talk will start at 6.30 pm on Thursday 24th of June, don’t miss your opportunity to hear what I’m sure will be a great talk and feel free to bring friends, we’ll fit as many people as we can. For details and to RSVP got to our Facebook page.
Our new gallery space and shop is now open! The private view of our first exhibition (Dungeons & Desktops) features the work of the amazingly talented Jack Teagle. It goes without saying the night was a roaring success and much fun was had by all! More images to follow.
The fact of the matter is that we were massively over-extended and we are a very small studio, this is not an excuse, but we were sending four projects to print simultaneously and were also building a gallery in our workspace. The month of March 2010 was one we will never chose to repeat, we took too much on and crumbled slightly under the pressure. In many respects I am surprised we didn’t do worse out of it… the other three books of which one was a translation from French which I personally oversaw, were 100% error and typo free…
To those we misrepresented we ask for your forgiveness and promise it will never happen again.
It’s been a couple of weeks since we packed up shop at Pick Me Up (Somerset House), but just before we did we finally had the chance to snap some photos of the decorated space free of the 14000 strong crowd that had visited the event over the 10 period. Here are the photos and if you want to read more about Pick Me Up and our presence there, follow this link. In what many were heralding as the first contemporary graphic art fair of its kind in the UK, people could visit working studios and print rooms and in some cases even take part. There was a great line up of contemporary illustrators and graphic artists, including Rob Ryan and Luke Best, and a strong presence of successful young collectives Peepshow, Le Gun and Evening Tweed as well as hip Shoreditch gallery Concrete Hermit, amongst others. The fair gave the general pubic the opportunity to buy limited edition, affordable graphic art, illustration and design and the overall response was very positive.