MGM 2003 - Images 27 At Lancaster's Storey Gallery

By Zoe Graham | 29 May 2003
EWriter's Block (Digital) by Finn Campbell-Notman.

Left: EWriter's Block (Digital) by Finn Campbell-Notman. Winner of the Silver Award, Images 27.

Zoe Graham popped up to Lancaster to have a look at this very well illustrated exhibition.

Forget Hollywood and London, Lancaster's Storey Gallery is the host to the Association of Illustrators exhibition - Images 27 - equivalent of the media's BAFTA awards, until June 7.

Images 27 is a touring exhibition of the best illustrations produced in the UK and the Storey Gallery, which is run by working artists, exhibition provides on opportunity to see original art work in every illustrative medium - watercolour, oils, ink, pencil and digital images.

Storey Gallery is the first venue for this exhibition outside London.

The Association of Illustrators is to artists what equity is to actors, but no need for glitz and glamour dress up here, the pictures speak for themselves.

Robin Heighways Bury's "Baby Blues' is an instantly recognisable image associated with postnatal depression, commissioned for use in the media.

A more traditional art work, 'Coastlines', by Jane Human, was specially painted for a Royal Mail stamp presentation collection. This is 'mixed' with the iconic black, yellow and pink prints of Peter Grundy and a huge watercolour and ink portrait of Prince Phillip, in all his Spitting Image glory.

Colour is very important in this exhibition; it provides contrast in to the stark white walls and wooden floor, illuminating the space with vibrancy.

A particularly animated picture is Katherine Momolessou's 'Date Me', a look at modern dating based on the messages on the Love Hearts sweets. 'Youth Music DJs' by Simon Pemberton reflects colourfully the youth music culture of the early 1990's.

Image 27 merges the traditional with the contemporary, the quirky with the serious subject matter, offering a complete contrasting and diverse exhibition.

It's very popular too, within the first half hour of the exhibition opening, two painting were sold, and six more have since been snapped up!

Reviewer Zoe Graham is participating in the 24 Hour Museum / Museum and Galleries Month Arts Writing Prize.

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