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Illustration and graphic art is going ’a bit free range’, according to Bill Tuckey, who is launching a new series of graphic art exhibitions. ’A number of things have conspired to let them off the leash and the work has become very interesting.’

As a journalist and former editor of The Independent on Sunday’s magazine, Tuckey has commissioned and dealt with many illustrators over the years.

’There’s an amazing pool of talent, which is rather disposable in the way it is used,’ he says.

New venture Outline Editions aims to ’bridge the gap between the graphic art scene and the wider public’, with director Tuckey (together with curator Camilla Parsons) approaching it from a journalistic point of view – asking the right questions to select the best and ’big up some of the names’.

The first selling exhibition, 001 London, will showcase a cross-section of artists. ’As well as producing personal work, everyone in our show is successful in the commercial field,’ says Tuckey. ’There are a lot of connections to fashion and music, two areas of commercial graphic art where artists have been able to express themselves a bit more freely than in other fields.’

The artists were all picked for their ’inspirational, innovative and influential’ qualities, and challenged to interpret London. The results include an underwater map of the capital from Takayo Akiyama and a ship powered by KFC kebabs by Will Sweeney – ’A comment on the city that never stops consuming crap,’ Tuckey reckons. ’Everyone’s got their own view of London, and it’s incredibly diverse.’

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