Once Upon A Time - East Anglian Children's Book Illustrators Jan-May 2014

April 21, 2014  •  Leave a Comment
25th January-4th May 2014. ***Last few weeks!***
Venue: Ipswich Art School (adjacent to the Ipswich Museum, High Street). Opening Times: Tuesday-Sunday, 10.00am-5.00pm. Closed Mondays. Opening event: 25th January 2014, 2.00 – 4.30pm.
Join us to celebrate the first day of this exhibition which highlights the rich tradition of children’s book illustration in East Anglia. From the Johnstone Twins Bill and Ben to Nick Butterworth’s Percy the Park Keeper come and see the original artworks that have inspired generations.
In 2011 Ipswich was given a donation of artwork, books and archives related to the Johnstone twins. Janet Grahame Johnstone (1928-1979) and Anne Grahame Johnstone (1928-1998) were twin sisters and are best known for illustrating Dodie Smith's classic book The Hundred and One Dalmatians. They lived in Badingham, Suffolk with their mother Doris Zinkeisen also a significant artist from the 1920’s/30’s. They were prolific artists and illustrated: Andy Pandy, Bill and Ben, Folk Tales of the World, Midnight Kittens, Starlight Barking and Waterbabies.
Below: According to Stephen Boswell (IpswichStar, Friday 18th April 2014), this exhibition is "a wonderfully well-kept secret" not to be missed.
Below: Details of Lois Cordelia's Rainbow Bridge design were used in the big vinyl posters that surround the octagonal gallery inside the Ipswich Arts School.
Below: The Opening Event was well attended by adults and children alike. Illustrator Nick Butterworth gave an entertaining introductory talk to the assembled crowd. In it, he cited Lois Cordelia's cut-paper scalpel illustration of The Mythology and Folklore of the British Isles (seen obelow) as an example of the intense work that goes into illustration!
Below: The exhibition is officially declared open by the Mayor of Ipswich.
The exhibition will also highlight other children’s book illustrators with links to Ipswich Art School and East Anglia. Margaret Tempest’s drawings for Little Grey Rabbit and Fuzzy Peg the Hedgehog are in the Ipswich collection. Helen Oxenbury and Michael Foreman both went to the Art School.


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