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