Blink Graphics: Autumn ’11 Highlights

We asked our resident graphics expert, Christian, to select his favourites from the Autumn ’11 quarterly ‘Graphics’ report. He scoured the 300 or so images that make up this report and pulled out those that he felt are the most inspirational and innovative. This is the penultimate issue of this report (boo!) but we have added another new report to our offer which means we have to refocus our energy. We still find graphic art incredibly inspirational, however so we will still be dedicating the occasional post to this theme, as well as adding in some great T shirt graphics into our ‘Jersey’ report.

St Bride at the Vintage Festival

The art of Letterpress is in the process of a massive revival at the moment. Keep your eye out for one off posters and letterpress woodblock fonts. Check out St Bride for lectures and shows, always interesting.

Bacon Street, East London

Bacon Street, East London.

Loving this line drawing graffiti style, differing from the norm.

The Peter Blake bus, spotted at the Vintage Festival

The Peter Blake bus is a wonder, pure British eccentric design.

Buxton Street, East London

Some street art by Anthony Lister, always great to see up. A very interesting artist.

Anthony Burrill

Letterpress goodness by Anthony Burrill. What’s not to like?

Ardingly Antiques Fair

I love old signage, a disappearing art which is a shame. Great reference here.

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Blink Events: Anthony Burrill says ‘Clear Your Head Every Day’

A little while back we reported on the amazing and inspiring Anthony Burrill studio at Somerset House’s ‘Pick Me Up’ exhibition. Since then he’s been keeping us up to speed with his moves and grooves, and we were delighted to see there was a new exhibition on, entitled ‘Clear Your Head Every Day’. If, like us, you are a fan of the ‘Godfather of the graphic art scene’, we guarantee that you will enjoy this collection of work at Outline Editions on Berwick Street on show until 16th July (shake a leg and get down there sharpish so you don’t miss out).

‘Clear Your Head Every Day’ includes a collection of 30 new, small-scale limited edition prints and neon artworks created exclusively for the show, as well as collaborations with both internationally acclaimed furniture designer Michael Marriott and the sculptor Wilfrid Wood. There are live workshops taking place and the gallery space and windows have been re-designed by Burrill and Marriott for the show. If you’re in the mood to make a purchase, each piece will be for sale (prices from £30 – £300).

Burrill says, ‘Clear Your Head Every Day’ is a show very much in the spirit of an open studio following on from Pick Me Up.  Everything shown is based around a theme of positivity and as the title suggests, is about an antidote to stressful, city life.

Anthony Burrill from 'Clear Your Head Every Day'

Anthony Burrill from 'Clear Your Head Every Day'

Anthony Burrill from 'Clear Your Head Every Day'

Anthony Burrill with Wilfred Wood from 'Clear Your Head Every Day'

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Blink Inspiration: Pick Me Up, Anthony Burrill

Following on from last week’s post, here’s a bit more from the brilliant ‘Pick Me Up’ Graphic Art Fair at Somerset House. Today we focus on the artist in residence, Anthony Burrill. This may not be a name that you immediately recognize, but I guarantee that you know this artist’s work. His limited edition prints with slogans including “Work Hard and Be Nice to People” have lead the vanguard of a whole new graphic art direction. It was great to see his work beyond this incredibly popular statement piece.

The Burrill team had turned their space into a kind of gallery come workshop with a very open and interactive approach. Show attendees were encourages to get stuck in with scissors and glue to create mini artworks of their own, inspired by Burrill’s work surrounding them. There were also some more collaborative elements incorporated into the exhibition, with some stencil style artworks made with Wilfred Wood, and a great section of instant artwork where Ian Stevenson had sketched directly onto the wall (thanks for the banana sticker, Ian!).

Anthony Burrill's work at 'Pick Me Up'

Anthony Burrill's work at 'Pick Me Up'

Anthony Burrill's work at 'Pick Me Up'

Anthony Burrill's work at 'Pick Me Up'

Anthony Burrill at 'Pick Me Up'

Anthony Burrill and Wilfred Wood at 'Pick Me Up'

Anthony Burrill at 'Pick Me Up'

Ian Stevenson's work in the Anthony Burrill space at 'Pick Me Up'

Blink Inspiration: Pick Me Up… again

We headed down to Somerset House again at the weekend. This time, our excuse was the brilliant ‘Pick Me Up’ graphic art fair. The first of this event was held last year (why not have a look at the post about it) and we loved it so much we really didn’t need much encouragement to get us down to see this one. We have some shots of our favourites for you, but this was just the tip of the iceberg. The galleries were full of really diverse and innovative work, as well as the brilliant open studio of the artist in residence, Anthony Burrill (more to come about that later). Print Club London were there again, creating work in situ for you to take home once the ink had dried. Evening Tweed, Puck, Nous Vous, Ditto Press, Nobrow and Jaguar Shoes had each created inspirationally styled spaces to reflect the mood and feel of their particular collective.

Pretty much everything was for sale, from some really accessibly priced exclusive prints created specifically for the show at £20, right up to some more prohibitively priced collectors pieces. Obviously we did not leave empty handed…

Pick Me Up at Somerset House

Pick Me Up at Somerset House

Pick Me Up at Somerset House

Pick Me Up at Somerset House

Pick Me Up at Somerset House

Pick Me Up at Somerset House

Pick Me Up at Somerset House

Pick Me Up at Somerset House