A. Richard Allen’s genius Trump Wave illustration unsurprisingly came out on top at this year's V&A Illustration Awards. Winners from each category were announced at the awards ceremony last night at the museum. A. Richard Allen was announced winner of the Moira Gemmill illustrator of the year prize and the award's overall winner for 2017. His satirical homage to Katshushika Hokusai’s Great Wave off Kanagawa - published in The Sunday Telegraph Money - was praised by judges for invoking the "past to reinforce the reality that history matters". It also won the best editorial illustration.

Allen studied at Central Saint Martin’s College and now illustrates and paints for clients such as The New Yorker, The Guardian and The Sunday Telegraph.

Best illustrated book went to Jarvis for Alan’s Big Scary Teeth, and best book cover design was awarded to Aino-Maija Metsola for the Virginia Woolf Series. Beatriz Lostale Seijo won student illustrator of theyYear award for 'The Odyssey', and Tom Spooner was the student runner-up. See the winning work in this feature, along with the shortlisted work. 

Each winner received £3,000 and a trophy. A. Richard Allen received an additional £5,000. All winning artworks will be displayed outside the V&A’s National Art Library from May 17 until August 20. 

Image: Winner A. Richard Allen's Trump Wave 

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