The Artist Partners Blog

A Dog In No Man’s Land, Illustrated by Gary Blythe

Gary Blythe (The Whales’ Song) has illustrated a new book! ‘A Dog in No Man’s Land’, written by Damian Kelleher (Life Interrupted) and illustrated by AP’s best loved illustrator Gary Blythe, has been published by Templar in conjunction with the Imperial War Museum.

The book follows the story of Billy, an under-age soldier who befriends a stray dog during World War One. When Billy is left for dead in the blood-soaked trenches of No-Man’s-Land, the dog, Scruff, comes to his rescue. But Scruff is soon in danger himself, being sent onto the battlefield as an ambulance dog. Will both Billy and Scruff survive the terrors of war?

The Imperial War Museum reopened earlier this month after a £40 million renovation, which began in Jan 2014. The museum now features a 4 story atrium, displaying some of the largest objects on show, new World War 1 galleries, shops and a café. See the museums website here for more information. Pick up a copy of A Dog in No Man’s Land’ on Amazon here

The Flying Bath

'The Flying Bath', (Pan Macmillan) a new book written by Julia Donaldson (Author of The Gruffalo) and illustrated by AP's award winning Illustrator David Roberts, is out now

When everyone has left the house in the morning, the bath toys spring into action and head off on exciting adventures in their magical flying bath! From giving a muddy piglet a shower to putting out a fire for a frightened baboon, they have water at the ready for any emergency - but they’re always home for the children’s bathtime at the end of the day. The simple rhyming speech-bubble text is great to read aloud, and perfect for developing reading confidence. Richly detailed, sumptuous artwork completes this irresistible book for young readers.

A playful and adventurous story from the creators of TYRANNOSAURUS DRIP, THE TROLL and JACK AND THE FLUMFLUM TREE.

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Some beautiful embroidered birds by artist Emily Tull. 

British Folk Art

If you haven’t been to see the British Folk Art exhibition at Tate Britain yet, don’t panic - you have plenty of time! The exhibition opened earlier this month and runs until August 31st. It offers visitors the rare opportunity to discover some of Britain’s self-taught artists’ work, as well as an insight into a part of our cultural history that is often overlooked.

In keeping with the Folk Art theme, we wanted to share some whimsical images by Stewart Easton, AP’s hugely adored folk artist. See the rest of his portfolio here, and read an interview with Stewart here

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Tommy Candler Exhibition

Tommy Candler, talented photographer and a very big part of the AP family, is currently exhibiting some of her beautiful photographs at The Reading Room Gallery in Soho, running until July 31st. Tommy’s father, Donald Candler, founded Artist Partners during the 60’s, and some years later Tommy worked with the agency for a time. Between this, Art Directing and fashion editing some of the world’s biggest selling women’s magazine’s, Tommy discovered her passion for photography. Read more about her life and work here.  And don’t miss the exhibition!

Some great shots of Charlie Sutcliffe hard at work. Charlie is currently working in Spain on various projects, and enjoying a little table tennis in between…how very enviable! 

A new book jacket by Paul Young for Joseph Delaney’s ‘Spooks: A New Darkness’, published by Random House 

A new book jacket by Paul Young for Joseph Delaney’s ‘Spooks: A New Darkness’, published by Random House 

Tom Eckersley Vintage Posters

Quad Royal, our favourite Vintage Poster Blog, has once again been featuring the brilliant work of old Artist Partners’ illustrator and graphic designer, Tom Eckersley (1914-1997). Take a read of the blog here. We have shared much of Tom Eckersley’s groundbreaking work previously on our blog, but if you missed it, here are a few samples from his portfolio. We challenge you not to fall in love with them! 

                                            Tom Eckersley, 1948

           

                                            Tom Eckersley, 1961

                                            Tom Eckersley, 1976 

                                         Tom Eckersley, 1983

                                         Tom Eckersley, 1938

Chris Burke is having an open studio!

Again, caricaturist Chris Burke is having an open studio throughout June, hurrah! Starting this Sunday, his studio in Tunbridge Wells will be open to public for the next 3 weekends. If you’re in the area, don’t miss the chance to see him at work! Below is just a small preview of what you can expect to see. Check out the rest of his portfolio here.

                                  

                                 

                                 

By Sam Hadley

Poster illustration for English National Opera.