The V&A Illustration Awards made a triumphant return in 2022 after taking two-year hiatus as a result of pandemic, and almost 1,500 candidates submitted their work to be thought of for this yr’s award. Spanning a broad vary of illustration types and topics, together with the tragedies and challenges all of us confronted within the final two years and the tales that comforted us, the calibre of labor has been extremely excessive. Nevertheless, there can solely be a choose variety of winners and runners-up.
The awards – celebrating their fiftieth anniversary this yr – had been chosen by a judging panel of illustrious illustrators, together with Dapo Adeola, Ann Kiernan, Axel Scheffler, and Posy Simmonds, chaired by V&A Director Tristram Hunt.
However who gained? Taking the highest spot because the winner of each the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Yr Prize and Guide Illustration Winner 2022 is Gérard DuBois. Gérard – who was commissioned as an example a brand new version of Cormac McCarthy’s The Highway printed by The Folio Society – impressed judges together with his acrylic work that completely seize the sweetness and brutality of McCarthy’s textual content.
Gérard stated: “It’s a super honour to have my work observed by such a prestigious establishment because the V&A. To me, engaged on this e-book was already one of many highlights of my profession, and this recognition makes it much more particular. I dedicate these awards to Mr Cormac McCarthy, to whom I wish to categorical my deepest gratitude for permitting me as an example his phrases, and to The Folio Society.”
Axel Scheffler, animator and illustrator of The Gruffalo, stated: “It has been very pleasing to be a part of the jury for this yr’s V&A illustration prize. The usual of entry was very spectacular, and we now have chosen some worthy winners. Gérard DuBois’ work are fantastically atmospheric and cleverly convey the sensation of the e-book. DuBois has an awesome sense of composition and color. Could not be higher.”
Rosalind McKever, curator of work & drawings, added: “Within the fiftieth yr of the V&A Illustration Awards, we have seen a report variety of submissions. Their top quality and sheer selection are testaments to the vibrancy of the illustration trade, which the V&A is proud to recognise by means of these awards, its collections and commissions.”
In the meantime, the winner of the Guide Cowl Award class went to Kerry Hyndman for her work on The Wealthy Home by Stella Gibbons. Kerry’s primarily digital work used hand-drawn textures and layers so as to add depth and element to her cowl. Detailing three ladies strolling throughout a seashore, their footprints and shadows completely encapsulate the setting of the novel and its story of intertwined relationships. The judges praised Kerry’s eye-catching composition and delightful draughtsmanship.
James Albon scooped the Illustrated Journalism award for his work, accompanying an article in regards to the results of TikTok on younger individuals. Made up of their first-hand accounts of utilizing the social media platform, the article focuses on its damaging results on self-image and psychological well being.
This hypnotising impact is captured in James’ pictures, the place figures are entranced by their telephones. The eerie nocturnal scene is created with a blue and yellow palette, working in watercolour and gouache. The judges praised the humour and power of the work.
Lastly, the Pupil Illustration class winner is Anglia Ruskin scholar Kate Rolfe for her work Navigating Dyslexia. On this piece, letterpress characters kind impenetrable forests, and a tumbling pile of books kind an amazing wave of tension.
Based mostly on Kate’s private expertise, Navigating Dyslexia combines cyanotype and letterpress processes to speak the nuanced expertise of an individual with dyslexia. The judges praised its humour, simplicity and ingenuity. Utilizing conventional printmaking in a non-conventional method allowed Kate to ask vital questions in an accessible and fascinating vogue.
Every class winner will obtain £3,000 prize cash, whereas the scholar runner-up will accumulate £2,000. As for Gérard, he’ll obtain an extra £5,000 and the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Yr Prize. Their work may also be part of the V&A’s excellent illustration collections, together with works by famend artists reminiscent of Aubrey Beardsley, Sir John Tenniel, E.H. Shepard, Quentin Blake and Posy Simmonds.