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Check back here on the 19th of December to find out who our next artist is!Born in Turks and Caicos Bradley Theodore is a contemporary artist who started his career in New York City and has been an internationally-inclined artist and collaborator from his very beginnings. Having worked in the tech and design sector after his graduation from the School of Visual Arts, Theodore eventually moved back to New York where his artistic career took off. With roots in graphic design, Theodore’s beginnings as an artist came from adorning the streets of New York City with vibrant, chromatic murals of skeletons depicting contemporary pop culture and fashion “royalty.”
Bradley Theodore is known for his colorful depictions of icons. He is a multi-disciplinary artist whose iconoclastic approach to art can be found internationally, from 10-foot murals on the streets of Tokyo, Paris and Milan, to sold-out solo exhibitions in London and NYC. Evoking the universality of color, skeletons, and celebrity, Theodore distils figures to skeletal forms, a confrontation that the artist calls “an act of living”, pushing color to express memory, emotion, and lived experiences. Theodore’s portraits juxtapose the legendary and mortal qualities of modern and contemporary icons and the artist has become a staple in the art and fashion scene in New York City.
Theodore has collaborated with popular brands on creative projects for Puma, Moët, Rolls-Royce, Lego, and Moleskine. In 2016, Bradley was the official artist for the US Open, where he created four murals on display at the tournament's venue; and was the subject of independent film “Becoming: Bradley Theodore”, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. In 2017, Google invited Theodore to their Artist in Residence program (AiR), where he employed the tech giant’s Tilt Brush tool to create art in another dimension. In 2018 for the 50th anniversary of PUMA’s iconic Suede sneaker, Theodore designed a limited edition shoe which was followed by a full collection of sneakers, garments and accessories for the streetwear giant’s Spring Summer 2019 offering. Most recently in 2020 Theodore partnered with LEGO as an official artist for the LEGO Dots campaign, and created a limited edition series of bottles for HAIG Whisky and David Beckham.
Born in 1961, I graduated from Exeter College of Art & Design in 1983 at which point I fell into a career in animation. Over the years I have worked on many commercials and pop promos as well as a couple of movies, had a spell at Disney, animated several Beatrix Potter characters as well as Toad from The Wind in the Willows. I have directed Fireman Sam and Horrid Henry and am also an illustrator, often to be seen in the pages of Private Eye, where I have been illustrating the ‘Sylvie Krin’ stories for over 30 years. I am also an actor and stage director and have recently found myself doing more voice acting for audio dramas and animation.
In 2017, my wife Joy died suddenly from Sepsis aged just 41, when our children were just 7 and 10 so as you can imagine why a charity like Child Bereavement UK is very close to my heart. I have kept a visual, online diary ever since (called Doodle-a-day) charting my journey as a widower and solo parent which has recently formed the basis of a book “Finding Joy” that was published in September 2020 by John Murray.
You can find me online: @garyscribbler on both Twitter and Instagram
The piece I have drawn for this project is a light-hearted look at how it feels being a solo parent. I chose a dragon because of some Welsh blood in me!
Tomer Peretz is a well renowned Los Angeles-based Israeli conceptual artist and painter. An artist since his early childhood in Jerusalem, Peretz utilizes a spectrum of platforms, including oil and acrylic painting, photography, and conceptual art to express his unique and contemporary point of view. Every piece highlights an underlying theme of elements of mystery and his search for the profound. Peretz does not paint in vain, a traveler and spiritual wanderer, his work transcends from the stories and people that have impacted his life and spirit as he captures his subjects in a raw and candid light. His work has been showcased in Los Angeles, Art Basel in Miami, Las Vegas, Mexico, Israel, and throughout Europe.
Lilah Parsons is a British presenter and illustrator. She has worked for MTV, Capital FM and currently has her own show on Heart Radio every Friday and Saturday. Lilah’s art focuses on intricate bespoke pen & watercolour designs and she is thrilled to be a part of Project 2.6 raising funds for these very important causes.
Dave Gibbons established himself in underground comics and fanzines in Britain before becoming a frequent contributor to the seminal 2000AD, illustrating HARLEM HEROES, DAN DARE and co-creating ROGUE TROOPER.
Since then, he has drawn and written for most comics publishers on both sides of the Atlantic. His work has encompassed DR WHO, SUPERMAN, BATMAN, GREEN LANTERN, CAPTAIN AMERICA, DR STRANGE, THE HULK, PREDATOR and ALIENS. With writer Frank Miller he co-created GIVE ME LIBERTY and MARTHA WASHINGTON GOES TO WAR.
WATCHMEN, his collaboration with writer Alan Moore, is the best-selling graphic novel ever published. It became a major motion picture in 2009 and was the basis of a multi-award-winning TV show in 2019.
His autobiographical graphic novel THE ORIGINALS won an Eisner Award in 2005. His recent work has included KINGSMAN: THE SECRET SERVICE, with Mark Millar, now also a major motion picture franchise.
He is a creative consultant for the MADEFIRE motion books app and an Advisory Board member for MAGIC LEAP technology.
He was appointed “Comics Laureate” in 2014, with the brief to develop the use of comics in education and, in 2015, was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Comic Arts from the University of Dundee.
Tim Rockins is co-founder of internationally renowned fashion & cosmetics brand Rockins for whom he provides all graphic content.
For over a decade he worked alongside Jamie Hewlett on all visual aspects of the multi-award winning cartoon pop band Gorillaz.
He has also made artwork for Kate Moss, Yoko Ono, Snoop Dogg, Terry de Havilland, Agent Provocateur, DJ Zinc & The Bees amongst many others.
This piece is a repeating print on the theme of mental health - Persian carpet meets Buddhist mandala with a bit of church stained glass window (new school spiritual paisley!) - including visual metaphors: locks, keys, lightbulbs, anchors, crocodile's teeth, spine bones, tears, pinecone / pineal eye, ying & yang and a massive walnut brain!
The seamless tiling download could be produced as printed silk shirts +/or wallpaper or woven into rugs +/or curtains.
*This piece is sold as a digital download*
Flappy is a botanical illustrator who contributed eight botanical illustrations to The Highgrove Florilegium and The Transylvania Florilegium for HRH the Prince of Wales and she will be holding an exhibition of her work in 2021. She is also a dedicated Patron of Child Bereavement UK and has been pivotal in many fundraising events to benefit the charity.
Flappy’s son, Harry Sidebottom, had a fatal car accident in 1998 aged 24, and her step-granddaughter, Molly Lane Fox, died of an inoperable brain tumour in 2008, aged only 5. Her book, A Heartbeat Away is an anthology of writings on the themes of grief, bereavement and loss, and hope, humour and love.
“These two have remained my constant driving force and have inspired me to help to ensure the continuance of this inspirational charity.”
*This piece is sold as digital download*
Quentin Blake was born in the suburbs of London in 1932 and has drawn ever since he can remember.
He has always made his living as an illustrator, and taught for over twenty years at the Royal College of Art. His first drawings were published in Punch while he was 16 and still at school. He continued to draw for Punch, The Spectator and other magazines over many years, while entering the world of children's books with A Drink of Water by John Yeoman in 1960.
He is known for his collaboration with writers such as Russell Hoban, Joan Aiken, Michael Rosen, John Yeoman, David Walliams and, most famously, Roald Dahl.
Since the 1990s Quentin Blake has had an additional career as exhibition curator and has begun to make larger-scale work for hospitals and healthcare settings in the UK and France where his work can be seen in wards and public spaces.
His books have won numerous prizes and awards, including the 2002 Hans Christian Andersen Award for Illustration, the highest international recognition given to creators of children's books. In 2014 he was admitted to the Legion d'Honneur, an honour accorded to few people who are not French nationals. In 1999 he was appointed the first ever Children's Laureate. Quentin Blake was created CBE in 2005 and received a knighthood for 'services to illustration' in the New Year's Honours for 2013, then became an Honorary Freeman of the City of London in 2015.
*This piece is sold as a digital download*
Big Joe Turner
Jools is a composer, pianist, band leader and broadcaster, he is married with four children.
He was awarded an OBE in 2003 for his services to the British music industry
Jools has supported Child Bereavement UK for many years, To help raise funds once again, Jools has kindly donated his portrait of Big Joe Turner, one of his all-time favourite singers. He made this piece after meeting Joe in the 1980’s in New York City.