Pick Me Up Selects features international fresh talent from the graphic arts world, specially selected by an industry panel. Each artist has produced new, exclusive work to see and buy. Meet and greet the group at the Select’s Kiosk, where they each take a day to promote their process and create live works. Read more

Aart-Jan Venema

Aart-Jan is a Dutch illustrator who is fascinated by exploration and discovery. His aim is to take the viewer with him on his little trips, by filling his rich compositions with little stories and tiny details. Inspired by the Dutch painters Bosch and Brueghel. For Pick Me Up, Aart-Jan is presenting a series which uses his trademark adventurous style to everyday situations in doing so transforming the mundane into the magical.

Alice Bowsher

Alice graduated from Bath School Of Art and Design in 2013 after studying Graphic Communication and is now a freelance illustrator living and working in East London. Inspired by Calvin and Hobbes, Dick Bruna and Charles and Ray Eames, she creates playful work with bold black brush strokes. To keep her work fun she works quickly and spontaneously and enjoys pushing her simple drawings to many different outcomes and hopes to push it further in all directions, from fashion to set design and books to toys. For Pick Me Up Alice is displaying large monochrome lithographic prints alongside a newly created book.

Camilla Perkins

Camilla Perkins is an Illustrator based in Brighton, since graduating from the University of Westminster in 2012 she has worked with various clients to produce brightly coloured, heavily patterned and unique images. Her work is a combination of digital and hand painted elements, using a variety of methods to create different layers of texture. For Pick Me Up 2016, Camilla is exhibiting a project inspired by African sub cultures, primarily from a fashion perspective.

Charlotte Mei

Graduating from Illustration at Camberwell College of Arts in 2012 Charlotte has been working as with ceramics ever since. Creating humorous work inspired by Japanese culture and the internet Charlotte has created a range of pieces drawn from popular culture from Pokemon, Drake to the ubiquitous Sports Direct Mug. For Pick Me Up 2016 Charlotte is presenting a range of new work including ceramic mobile phones, prints and vases all in her charming trademark style.

Corin Kennington

Corin graduated from London College of Communication in 2015, his work merges the traditional elements of sign-painting with the modern sensibilities of graphic design for a style that is both contemporary and rooted in the history of design. He has a bold graphic edge to his work underpinned by a key understanding of craftsmanship. For Pick Me Up Corin is showing a set of his recent typographic prints alongside one-off hand painted pieces.

Dan Singer

Dan studied Illustration at Kingston University, graduating in 2013. He is now living and working in South East London. Inspired by an ever growing collection of VHS tapes and skateboards, his passion lies in craftsmanship and uses a variety of different mediums in his explorations of geometric shapes, bright colours and bold graphic illustration. For Pick Me Up Dan iscreating a series of three large scale Hama bead designs of geometric figures.

Daniel Fletcher

Daniel Fletcher is a London based artist, his work channels an interest in the way we read images. Daniel explores the fundamental values of imagery; colour form and texture and investigates how our brains respond to visual stimulus by abstracting recognisable forms into ambiguous compositions. Merging familiar shapes with the purely abstract Daniel pushes the boundaries of his images into creations far beyond their initial inspiration. For Pick Me Up Daniel is displaying a series of large scale screenprints alongside one off pieces mixing the known and the unknown.

George Douglas

For Pick Me Up George is bringing his keen collaging eye to re-appropriate imagery exploring the quaint Britishness of commemorative plates, knick knacks and family portraits.

Isabel and Helen

Isabel + Helen is a creative partnership specialising in set design and interactive installations. They’ve worked for an array of clients including Selfridges, Nike, the Victoria and Albert Museum and the RIBA. Isabel + Helen’s installation for Pick Me Up is a set of automated self-playing instruments each making their own unique sound that combine to form a mini orchestra of musical misfits. These charming characters inspired by the mobiles of Alexander Calder come to life and dance to the beat of their own drum.

Jack Sachs

Jack Sachs is an Illustrator born and bred in London, shortly before his final year at Camberwell College of Arts he sustained a serious injury to his drawing hand which led him to learn how to use 3D animation software to create work. His hand has since recovered and the two sides of his practice have combined to create the work he makes today both in motion graphics and still image. His installation at this year’s Pick Me Up reflects his understanding of the human body; an interest sparked by his aforementioned injury.

Julian Glander

USA based Illustrator, Animator and Game Designer Julian Glander creates wonky off the wall characters that merge a plasticine style with 3D design. His sense of humour is key to all his work from weekly web-comics for VICE to his short gifs of everything from sausage dogs to amorphous blobs, cups of coffee to snowboarding sandwiches. Julian’s Pick Me Up display hosts a series of lenticular postcards, short animations and some of his trademark characters turned into 3D floam models.

Marie Jacotey

Born in France in 1988, Marie Jacotey is an artist currently working and living in London. After graduating from the ENSAD in Paris in 2011 and the RCA in 2013 Marie had her first solo-show Dolly in London in November 2014 at Hannah Barry Gallery. Her work has since been shown in Paris, New York and Ghent, her intimate yet passionate work is built upon familiar narratives and sinister imagery. Marie is bringing her striking stories of young love and rejection to Pick Me Up with a series of posters for fictional bands and musicians. This new work is displayed alongside a selection of drawings and her books BFF, THANK YOU BABY and DEAR LOVE WHO SHOULD HAVE BEEN FOREVER MINE.

Rachel Lillie

Rachel studied Illustration and Animation Kingston University and Visual Communication Royal College of Art, graduating in 2012. Rachel was the first Illustrator in Residence at House of Illustration in 2014 and used this time to explore the practice of drawing as a tool of documenting real and fictional events based on personal experiences. For Pick Me Up Rachel is exhibiting new work exploring the theme of the 'in between'. Based on walks around the outskirts of London one off peculiar artefacts will be displayed alongside narrative illustrations to reveal historic events, folk tales and the texture of the landscape. Rachel will show her field notes and drawings, the in-between stages of walking, observing and making.

Pick Me Up
21 April — 2 May 2016

Somerset House

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Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 (last entry 17.15)

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Tickets include entry into Alan Kitching: A Life in Letterpress

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