Wednesday, 4 May 2011

Under the Damp Earth - Stuart Kolakovic

Independent publishers Nobrow are unveiling their newly extended gallery space this week and have an exciting inaugural exhibition prepared! The premier show, titled Under The Damp Earth will feature the work of one Nobrow's most celebrated illustrators: Stuart Kolakovic.

Stuart's work is instantly recognisable and highly successful, with past clients including Ted Baker, Marks and Spencer and various international publications. However, Under The Damp Earth sees Stuart take a departure from his usual commercial style to focus on creating a series of much darker imagery. 
Currently based in the Midlands, the Kingston University graduate is an illustrator in the most traditional sense, relying heavily on hand rendered techniques to produce his beautifully realised images. His rich illustrations have a distinctive eastern european folk art aesthetic which he draws from his own Serbian family roots.

Stuart's exploration of his Eastern European heritage lead to him being awarded the D&AD New Blood Award for his graphic novel Milorad. The 80 page book revolves around Stuart's relationship with his grandfather and the influence he had on his life.

The pieces which are going on show for Under The Damp Earth have been kept tightly under wraps so make sure to pop along for the grand unveiling!

Under The Damp Earth
Open 5th May - 23rd June
62 Great Eastern Street, EC2A 3QR, London, United Kingdom

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