Art and History Talk: The Art of Illustration

Mon 24 June, 2019 @ 10:30 – 12:30
Teatro, Espai la Senieta
Brian Nicholls and Cheda Panajotovic

Date: Monday 24th June 2019 10:30

Location: Salón de Actos, Espai la Senieta, Moraira (next to the large free car park)

Subject: The Art of Illustration

Lecturer: Brian Nicholls

Due to a rather curious snobbery in the Art World, Illustrators are often regarded as some sort of lesser being than ‘real’ artists. 

The only way that this could be quantified is that Art should be driven purely by emotional interaction with the subject matter whereas the illustrator is offered a commission to illustrate a particular subject. 

In terms of skill, creativity, craftsmanship, technique and quality there is no difference.

Many famous artists in history, such as Toulouse Lautrec have accepted commissions to produce commercial work. Toulouse-Lautrec is just one notable example.  

It is true that a lot of pedestrian, boring and uninteresting work is produced primarily for the advertising industry. This tends to overshadow the huge volume of highly talented work that is produced by illustrators in many other areas.

In this revised talk I will take a brief historical look at the early, often very funny, educational illustrations of the mid 19th century and then move on to cover more modern work in the Publishing, Historical, Political, Graphic and Children’s book areas.