Brian Grimwood: The Man Who Changed the Look of British Illustration

The influence of Brian Grimwood on UK graphics and illustration is to be celebrated in a new exhibition and accompanying book.

Brian Grimwood: The Man Who Changed the look of British Illustration
Brian Grimwood: The Man Who Changed the look of British Illustration

Grimwood came to prominence in the 1960s when the development of his fluid style and imaginative composition chimed with the emerging visual culture of the decade.

Women authors for the Sunday Times 1994
Women authors for the Sunday Times 1994

He worked on illustration for publications ranging from radical woman’s magazine Nova to the Radio Times, as well as ads across a career punctuated by identity work for Faber&Faber, BBC Proms, WH Smith and Johnny Walker.

Radio Times cover feature June 30 1983 illustrating launch of Radio York to convey 'neighbourhood radio'
Radio Times cover feature June 30 1983 illustrating launch of Radio York to convey ‘neighbourhood radio’

Grimwood is recognised for adopting computer illustration early on, and sticking with it as it has developed. His Photoshop and iPad work will sit beside freehand work in the retrospective.

Identity for French wine producer Alain and Gilles Lenoine 2012
Identity for French wine producer Alain and Gilles Lenoine 2012

The legacy of Grimwood’s influence is quite a direct one, beyond style and technique, in that he is the founding director of the Central Illustration Agency, a collective which has Sir Peter Blake, Jeff Fisher, and David Hughes on its books, among some 80 other illustrators.

There will also be a chance to see sketchbooks, private commissions, and a series of paintings applied to antiquarian linen book covers. 

Illustration originally for 'everyone has a book inside them feature' now used as identity for Grimwood's son's script writing company The Grim Word
Illustration originally for ‘everyone has a book inside them feature’ now used as identity for Grimwood’s son’s script writing company The Grim Word

An eponymously titled book will be published by Black Dog Publishing in September featuring much of the content from the exhibition.

London Zoo poster for TFL 2007. One of several designs, although this one was never used
London Zoo poster for TFL 2007. One of several designs, although this one was never used

Brian Grimwood: The Man Who Changed the Look of Illustration runs from 14 September – 3 November at Work gallery, 10a Acton Street, WC1

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  • Brian Grimwood November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Thank you for the plugging the new book. See more info on my Facebook page: Brian Grimwood Illustrator.

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