Affordable Art #9 – Pick me up London

Remember a few weeks ago when Lizzie mentioned this impending exhibition? Well yesterday I decided to go see for myself what all the fuss is about and was pleasantly surprised by the variety and quality of graphic art and illustration on display at Pick Me Up in Somerset House this week.

The main exhibition room housed a selection of pieces by ‘up and coming’ artists from all over the world and, while some of them didn’t really float my boat, the majority were top notch. With almost all the work on display available to buy as limited edition prints or one-off originals at very reasonable prices, it was difficult not to get carried away!

Here are a handful of my absolute favourites from the show:

Riikka Sormunen is a Finnish artist who I discovered a few months ago and have been looking for an excuse to feature on the blog ever since. Her muted, 50s colour palette and sometimes unsettling subject matter, as well as exquisite drawing skills, really made her stand out from the crowd.

Another firm favourite was Yuko Michishita, a recent graduate of the University of Brighton, whose meticulous pen and ink drawings show a very steady hand and endless patience!

I was also a fan of these screen printed gig posters for the Decemberists by Dutch illustrator Zeloot (below left) and the understated simplicity of Jon McNaught’s small, comic strip style screen prints (below right.)

I attended a very entertaining talk by artists in residence, Peepshow, who have been working on the Museum of Origins and Objects, an interactive, constantly growing display by the team of prolific British illustrators, whose enthusiasm was inspiring and contagious. Upstairs from this exhibition, the show featured print workshops, various working artists, shops and other intriguing things – my description would not do justice so you should probably go and see for yourself!

If you are interested in visiting Pick Me Up, you still have a chance. It is on until April 1st 2012 at Somerset House, Embankment Galleries, London, WC2R 1LA.

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