Artists & Illustrators

Sit back...

- Niki Browes Editor

…and relax with your summer issue of Artists & Illustrato­rs. The cover, by artist Alice Hole, is a scene from her beloved Cornwall, whose rugged beauty and heightened colours are depicted in her enchanting artwork. For something erring on the side of abstract, I catch up with awardwinni­ng Scottish sculptor, painter and ceramicist Bruce McLean. His dazzling monumental garden paintings are the subject of a major exhibition this summer. Then we hear from the family of Jean-Michel Basquiat, who remains one of the most important and influentia­l artists of the modern and contempora­ry art period. They detail his meteoric rise – he reached an unpreceden­ted level of fame at just 20 years old – and untimely death, just seven years later.

Ian Beck is one of the UK’s most celebrated authors and illustrato­rs, famously known for designing Sir Elton John’s Goodbye Yellow Brick Road album cover. He tells us how living in lockdown taught him to see his neighbourh­ood with fresh eyes. Although that period is thankfully a thing of the past, it’s a way of seeing that he has continued to use to this day.

It’s that time of year again - our annual British Art Prize 2022, in partnershi­p with edding. It’s open to artists of all abilities, whether you are an amateur, an emerging artist or a seasoned profession­al; all ideas, mediums and techniques will be considered. As well as a prize fund worth more than £15,000 (which includes a luxury cruise and valuable editorial coverage) the competitio­n will provide winning artists with a platform to gain important exposure and recognitio­n for their work, including extensive coverage in this magazine and their winning paintings being exhibited at a major London gallery. It’s a brilliant opportunit­y to get your work and name out into the wider art community. Don’t delay: get your entries in today!

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