Panel Borders: The art of Brian Wildsmith

Panel Borders: The art of Brian Wildsmith

Concluding Children’s Book Month on the show, Alex Fitch talks to octogenarian illustrator Brian Wildsmith on the eve of a retrospective of his work at The Illustration Cupboard in Piccadilly. Brian is famous for his gouache paintings of animals in picture books and his narrative paintings depicting classic texts such as the Easter Story. Alex talks to Brian about his training at The Slade, breaking into illustration via the Oxford University Press and having a museum collection of his work opening in Japan.

Brian’s exhibtion at The Illustration Cupboard, 22 Bury St, London SW1Y 6AL runs from March 24th to April 24th 2010, with a chance to meet the artist on April 13th…

Brian’s exhibtion at Seven Stories: The Centre for Children’s Books
30 Lime Street, Ouseburn Valley, Newcastle Upon Tyne NE1 2PQ runs from April 2nd

Art from Animal Gallery by Brian Wildsmith

Art from Animal Gallery by Brian Wildsmith

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Links: For Brian’s website – please visit
Info about Brian’s work, published by Oxford University Press
Exhibitions: The Illustration Cupboard, Piccadilly / Seven Stories, Newcastle Upon Tyne

Recommended events:

Friday 26th March, at the Oxford Literary Festival, Professor Andrzej Klimowski will be speaking about his life in illustration at the and exhibiting some of his original artwork. Apart from collaborating with Danusia Schejbal on graphic novel adaptations of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and The Master and Margarita for SelfMadeHero, Klimowski is a world famous film poster designer, illustrator and wordless graphic novelist.

His event is at 4pm on 26th March at the Blue Boar, Christ Church College, Oxford. More info at

Saturday 27th March from 10am – 5pm, is this year’s Web and Mini Comix Thing – a one day festival of small press comics and online sequential art featuring some of the best in the business, not to mention many former guests of this show such as Roger Langridge, Howard Hardiman, Douglas Nobel, Richie K. Chander and Woodrow Phoenix– that’s taking place at Queen Mary’s University, Mile End, London – more info at – please note though that mile end station itself is closed Saturday morning until 12.30 pm, so if you’d like to get there early, please use alternative transport.

Also, on Saturday 27th March, 4pm – late is the rival underground event Schmergencon IV, which also features fine members of the UK small press scene and costs nothing to attend, more info can be found at
and will features the likes of Oli Smith, Emma Price, Philip Spence, David Baillie, Jon Scrivens, John Aggs, Oliver Lambden, Nick Tesco & Francesca Cassavetti in attendance from 4pm…
New Globe Pub, 359 Mile End, London E3 4QS

Saturday 27th March – Sunday 28th March, Hi-Ex the 3rd Highlands International Comic Expo is being held at Eden Court, Inverness, Scotland IV3 5SA
Guests include: Charlie Adlard, Asia Alfasi, Gary Erskine, Al Ewing, John Higgins, Cam Kennedy, Colin MacNeil, Sarah McIntyre, Jim Medway, Gary Northfield
More info at:

Monday 29th March, alongside Manga artist Kate Rubins who recently finished her artists residency at the V & A, one of last week’s guests – Kate Brown, is talking about her work at Laydeez do Comics at the Rag Factory off Brick Lane in London – more info at