Works by Kyle Platts, Daniel David Freeman and Malin Bergstrom.
Works by Cei Willis, Sam Taylor and Krent Able.
Works by Johnny Ryan and Jonny Negron.
Since the 17th of May, the Pure Evil Gallery has been the host of an exhibition that illustrators and Vice Magazine fans across London should not miss. Open until Sunday, the Vice Illustration Show will not have run for a full month but still remains a fun presentation of selected works that have, over the past ten years, given Vice’s printed and web pages a splash of colour and humour.
Greeted into the well-lit room by the fresh smell of airbrush paint coming from the downstairs floor, we were initially surprised by the modest size of the exhibition, for which a number of artworks by only ten illustrators hang on the gallery’s small walls. In spite of its size, though, one cannot deny the quality of the works on display at the show, as the pieces boast a solid aesthetic and message that strongly convey not only each artist’s personality, but also Vice Magazine’s tone and identity.
A combination of youthfulness and attitude, the illustrations range from bold and daring to playfully quirky and comical, and are without a doubt the products of strong-minded, if not unusual talents. Entering the gallery, one would first lay eyes on the works of Malin Bergstrom and Kyle Platts, whose detailed styles are particularly memorable. Other notable highlights of the exhibition include Sam Taylor’s colourful ‘Under Da Sea’, and original drawings by the ingenious collagist Daniel David Freeman. The works are in fact varied, from Cei Willis’s light-hearted comic strip ‘Drunk and Disorganised’ to Nicholas Gazin’s thought-provoking piece ‘A Message From Nick Gazin’ Ð the latter of which hangs on the wall opposite a large neon Vice logo, an undeniably perfect addition to an overall witty and refreshing exhibition.
Vice Illustration Show, Pure Evil Gallery, London, until June 2nd 2013.