Pick Me Up exhibition in London offers affordable art from leading illustrators

Illustrator Mark Ward with one of his creations on sale at Pick Me Up. Photos by Johann Chan

Opening today, the event offers work by commercial illustrators and animators to the art-buying public – plus workshops, talks and more.

Somerset House’s yearly Pick Me Up exhibition puts the work of commercial illustrators in front of buyers in a way often reserved for makers from a fine-art background.

The exhibition features work collected by the likes of Print Club London (which is also performing live screenprinting at the exhibition), Brothers of the Stripe, Handsome Frank, Puck and SOMA.

Work on sale collected by Print Club London
Live screenprinting by Print Club London
Work by Fatherless
Work by Zombie Collective

There's also the Pick Me Up Selects collection of work created specially for the event by artists including Hattie Stewart, Jean Julien, Malika Favre, MaricorMaricar, Stuart Patience, Ugo Gattoni, You Byun and Ping Zhu.

Work at Pick Me Up by Hattie Stewart
The work of Stuart Patience
Stuart Patience's Rapture was created for this year's Pick Me Up Selects.
Your Byun and a sample of her work
Ping Zhu's work created for this year's Pick Me Up Selects.
Work at Malarky

For kids, there are also workshops by thelegendary Axel The Gruffalo Scheffler and stop-motion animators Aardman – with grown-ups able to get creative with the ever-naughty Modern Toss.

Live drawing by El Famoso
Mark Ward and his work
Sister Arrow and her work
Studio Output's The Cartograph interactive installation at Pick Me Up

This year’s identity for the show (below) was created by Studio Emmi and Chrissie Macdonald.

Pick Me Up runs until April 28.

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