• 3.26.13

    Gerald the Dog Comes to New York City

    Gerald is not your ordinary dog. Gerald was born in 2008 as part of a rebrand for British design studio Lazerian and came as nine easy to assemble paper panels. Starting in 2011, hundreds of Geralds were shipped to artists' studios all over the world with the only instruction for creatives being to put their own spin on it. Now all 100+ Geralds have been wrangled and can be seen together for the first time starting in May. B&A artists Jimi Crayon, Kai & Sunny, Simon Spilsbury, Stan Chow, and Tatiana Arocha will all have their very own Gerald on display at the exhibit. The exhibition will run from May 17-19th with a special preview on Thursday the 16th in New York City.

    Jimi Crayon's Gerald (pictured above) is aptly titled "The Universe, flys, diamonds, rocks and paint". Here's what he had to say about his creation: "I like to work across any and all mediums. I decided to bombard my Gerald with everything I was working on at the time to capture some real energy and variety. I worked across a flattened Gerald randomly placing my imagery across the cuts and folds with little thought, meaning the piece could take on a life of its own during construction. I didn't really know how it would look until I saw the finished dog."

    Kai & Sunny: "Flower"
    "Sunny and I were amazed by the structure of the Gerald Dogs so when asked to be involved it was a definite yes. The large Gerald has so many platforms and angles our flower print felt like the correct piece. Our line work fitted the various platforms perfectly. For us to see our 2D print 3D was very exciting. We were thrilled with the result."

    Simon Spilsbury: Dogod 01 & Dogod 02
    About Dogod 01:
    "You don't get to draw on an origami dog very often, so that was inspiring enough. This was experimental and painted after construction so was a bit suck it and see. I have a spontaneous, impatient style and it was a test not to stamp on the damn thing when it started bending in my grip as I wrestled with its planes and angles. I used spray paint and stencils to start, adding character detail later. I think I painted it out twice and started again before settling with the madness you see in front of you."

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    About Dogod 02:
    "This was drawn onto template. An altogether easier task than manoeuvring brushes and pens around the constructed version. I adopted my BuiltByPeople amorphous characters, laid down on a sprayed background."

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    Stan Chow: Pink Tulips
    "When I first saw the actual model, the first thing I did was to give it cartoon eyes and pair of wings. This is what naturally comes first when I doodle. I tried it and I thought it would have looked like I was taking this project seriously. Ultimately I just wanted to do something simple and elegant, as that's how I want most my work to look, so I decided on a repeat flower pattern."

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    Tatiana Arocha: Don't Stay Too Long in the Woods
    "I love the process of illustrating, losing all sense of time while imagining entire worlds down to the finest detail. I want people to fully immerse themselves in my images discover something new with every viewing."

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    Exhibition Details:
    Gerald and James Exhibition, New York
    Curated by Liam Hopkins. Presented by LAZERIAN in partnership with James Cropper
    Friday 17 - Sunday 19 May 2012, 10AM - 5PM daily (preview Thursday 16 May, 6:30PM)

  • 5.14.12

    B&A Illustrators in the American Illustration 31

    Tatiana Arocha, Thornberg & Forester, Olaf Hajek, John Hendrix, Rod Hunt, Peter Kraemer, Yuko Shimizu, and Simon Spilsbury make the list for this year's AI-AP American Illustration 31. The annual competition recognizes the best illustrations from the past year. A distinguished jury of editors from Rolling Stone, Men's Health, Random House, The New York Times, and Young & Rubicam selected the best from 2011 that will be published in a book later this year.

    Peter Kraemer's entry was his illustration "House of Heroes." The piece depicts the doorbell of an apartment tower and each name belongs to a superhero from movies and comic books. Tatiana Arocha's entries are two of her children's illustrations, featuring colorful and bright characters. Thornberg & Forester's entry is a composite illustration of the subway at DeKalb Avenue in New York. Olaf Hajek was recognized for his personal commission "Black Antoinette" for a private collector.

    Four illustrations by Yuko Shimizu made the list. Two illustrations are from the upcoming chidlren's book Barbed Wire Baseball, about a baseball player in a Japanese internment camp during World War II, out next year. A commissioned illustration for Playboy and one of her covers for the monthly comic book series "The Unwritten," were also recognized. Three illustrations by John Hendrix, two from his "Drawing in Church" series and his commissioned piece for Rolling Stone's Rock Trivia issue, were selected. Rod Hunt's cover for the book Transwonderland: Adventures in Nigeria was also selected. Finally, two of Simon Spilsbury's collage drawings made the list.

    Read more about the AI-AP American Illustration 31 here.

  • 7.29.09

    Simon Spilsbury Wins Gold at "The Best of British Illustration"

    Simon Spilsbury's Seagull Series for the Paramount Comedy Channel won gold in the advertising category of the Best of British Illustration Awards held by the Association of Illustrators in London. This is one of many awards that Spilsbury has won, other awards include D&AD Silver, Campaign Poster Silver, Communication Arts, Print Magazine and American Illustration. Spilsbury has also appeared in Luerzers 200 Best Illustrators. Nonetheless, Spilsbury is thrilled to be honored and happy to keep drawing.
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