3 Apr 2012

Pick Me Up 2012

Last weekend I went to Pick Me Up, a graphic art and illustration exhibition at Somerset House in London. This is the third year I've gone to this show, I really recommend it if you are interested in contemporary art and design. Although this year I felt like there were actually too many exhibitors, there were too many artists and styles on show. The work would greatly benefit from not being so crammed, and the visitors wouldn't lose interest at the end. However, I still enjoyed the exhibition, and there were some real gems in there...
Like the work of English illustrator Paul X Johnson! Paul's work was my favourite of the show. His paintings are so cool, they have an elegant retro feel to them and a sense of narrative that makes me wonder what their story is.

Another talented very artist exhibiting was Riikka Sormunen, both Josefine and I loved her work.
This photo doesn't do it justice, but the details in her paintings were just incredible!
In one room there was a "Drawathon", where people of all ages could draw their troubles away, so sweet!

I also liked these simplistic woodcut prints, by Matthew Hawkins...

and these footballers portraits by Jim Spencer.
This piece by Anthony Burrill made me laugh because I think that's quite a common though among exhibition goers.

This flamingo piece by Sweetoof would look very cool in a kitschy home!
Lastly I'd like to share with you this piece by Andy Smith, it's fitting right now and I'll reveal why soon!


cb said...

um can i guess and say that someone heard back about the grant?!?!? oh i hope sooo!!! anyways the exhibit looks AMAZING! i wish i could transport there and go. i love things like this. i love the lady with the owl, reminds me of something tom did in school. can't wait to hear more!

Simply Valorie said...

I frequently find myself thinking "I like it... What is it?" at art shows. Everything is always so beautiful, but sometimes I don't always understand. Maybe we're not supposed to?

Love the photos you took. :) I just stumbled across your blog and loved it. :)

Unknown said...

That looks such such a cool exhibit & so much fun!

Amanda Critina said...

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Some Korean Website Highjacker said...

oh Lisa, that's exactly the kind of place i'd love to spend all day in! totally need some of that drooring room therapy like NOW ; )

what fantastic shots from your day exploring it all. so much insp and you look extra darling!!! xo ♥

BF said...

Those are really nice piece of artwork. I would love to see that exhibit!

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