PICK ME UP 2014April 25, 2014
Now in its fifth year, the Pick Me Up graphic festival is THE destination for avid art fans alike. Whether you’re an artist yourself, or just a purveyor of the aesthetically pleasing/challenging – there’s no doubt you’ll leave this place feeling inspired, jealous, or just a little more alive.
We went down to feast our eyes on the creative crafts on offer – picking out our favourite exhibitors to tickle your artistic taste buds.
Scroll to the bottom of the page and find out how you could win an exclusive print by #pickmeuplondon artist, Rob Flowers.
[ ARTISTS ]
Each year a distinguished panel of industry experts select 16 up-and-coming illustrators and graphic artists to showcase their work on the exhibition’s ground floor. Be warned, you could spend hours lost in an illustrated timewarp before making your way around the rest of the exhibition. Here are just a few of our favourite artists to marvel at…
Inspired by children’s books and pop culture, French-American illustrator Jessica Das will mewow you with her colourful designs and quirky creatures.
Look closely at the work of Sheffield’s Kyle Platts and take in the irreverent nods toward contemporary society, dashed and splashed with a twisted sense of humour.
French artist Thiabaud showcases a collection of architectural illustrations based on iconic buildings around London. Get up close and have your mind blown by the intricate details and perfect penmanship.
Championed by the likes of It’s Nice That and Wrap magazine, this recent Central Saint Martins graduate cites psychedelic music and avant-garde film as muse to his narrative-rich imagery and intense colour palette.
[ COLLECTIVES ]
The exhibition’s top floor is host to a dozen collectives. Take a tour around the veritable sweet shop of art – but don’t eat anything, they don’t like that.
(*Cough* you can catch our very own UO Illustrator Kate Prior showcasing some badass work as part of collective, Skull Paradise here too *cough*.)
[ INTERACT ]
Not only is Pick Me Up a place to discover existing art, there’s also plenty of opportunity to create your own. Whether it’s making prints, colouring in, or the chance to have your face sketched during a trip to the mystical photo-booth – you can essentially regress to your five-year-old-on-a-school-trip self.
Keep an eye on the rolling schedule throughout the exhibition for exclusive workshops and talks from the creative talent.
[ WIN ]
Wanna win this awesome print by Pick Me Up artist Rob Flowers?
Follow @UOEurope on Instagram and find out all the details HERE.