If you’ve been following the art and theatre scene here at One&Other then you are sure not to have missed the distinctive illustrations of John Chamberlain. Offering a more than helping hand at livening up articles and all manner of things here at One&Other, we are now delighted to reveal John Chamberlain is to hold his own exhibition.
Most recently you may have spotted John’s work on theatre reviews such as Travels With My Aunt and The Tilling, and if you like what you see then there is much more where that came from. In addition to his contributions here, John is also working on comic book projects as well as several projects with writers and animators.
On April 21, from 6pm you are invited to leisurely observe the works of, and meet the Yorkshire based artist at City Screen York. Inspired by a number of detailed pencil drawings of reality TV celebrities spotted in a Newsagent near the Grand Opera House York, illustrator John Chamberlain will be introducing a new assortment of iconic portrait posters and originals. The images for this exhibition comprise of large cinema style posters of fawning stars from the golden age of Hollywood, smaller original images of musicians, belles and icons will also be on display. John states that his artworks are created to have drama and impact, portraits to escape into; nostalgic cinema stills that are tributes to a storytelling age long disappeared.
Not just an artist, John is also collector, a diarist, a writer and a keen observer of people. In his spare hours John hunts out treasures such as old film annuals and pamphlets in search for photographic spreads of Stars of golden age cinema. These unclaimed treasures are what inspire John’s works, which consist of reconstituted images, hewn in pen and ink that are then blown up to a cinema poster size. John is an observer of both real and staged life, and does not rely upon the 2D world of Google images or photography books. His additional inspirations are museums, dingy pubs, sinister alleys, eccentric city loners, the escapism of books, films and magazines.
So if you’re as excited as us about John’s work then come and meet the man behind the tools and see his new artwork on the 21st of April at City Screen York.
In the mean time take a look at John Chamberlain’s blog here and get the date written down in your diary.