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!).