Wednesday, 7 April 2010

Sketchbook hosts solo exhibition of cover illustrator John-Paul Thurlow

I am delighted to announce that we will be showcasing John-Paul Thurlow's solo exhibition at the Sketchbook pop-up shop from Sunday 11th April. The private view will be held from 3-6pm on Sunday and will include live music from Pocket Satellite as well as complimentary drinks and cakes. Hope to see you there...


John Paul Thurlow: 11 April, 2010

Leading fashion illustration magazine Sketchbook collaborates with renowned cover illustrator John-Paul Thurlow in his first ever exhibition.

Celebrating 50 years of fashion and music in the Newburgh Quarter of Carnaby

Sunday 11th April, 2010    3:00- 6:00pm   10 NEWBURGH STREET, CARNABY W1

7th April, 2010 / London, UK: In their continuous mission to support the art of illustration, fashion illustration magazine Sketchbook is collaborating with famed cover illustrator John-Paul Thurlow, to showcase and celebrate his works so far. John-Paul Thurlow will be showcasing his famed illustrated covers that pay homage to every magazine he has ever owned for the very first time, and more.

Created using fine pencil lines with astounding delicacy, these magazine covers show incredible technical skill. Rather than simply reproducing old covers, though, he adds punkish scribbles and leaves parts incomplete, alluding to the artist’s struggles and frustrations with perfection. Our exhibition shows the working process by exposing the different layers of progression until the piece is finished.

London-based graphic designer John-Paul Thurlow, who currently works as part of a creative agency with high profile clients like Gucci, launched his projects Covers, which is now being turned into a limited edition book (print run of 100) featuring his first 100 covers. Recently featured on this month's Elle as an Elle Preview and with Spike Jonze already asking to buy one, Sketchbook couldn't be more excited to be hosting a special exhibition for the famed illustrator at the pop-up shop. 

The Sketchbook pop-up shop has already seen an influx of high profile art and fashion industry experts, including Yvan Rodic of fashion blog The Facehunter, Charlotte Smith from leading online fashion marketing agency Glam Media and also host of her own blog Stylecartel, Laetitia Wajnapel of Mademoiselle Robot, Disney Roller Girl, and over 50 others in attendance.

Fashion designers Maria Francesca Pepe and Yan To also provided an insightful look on what it takes to become a fashion designer.

Marian Kihogo, blogger of and also a celebrity fashion stylist, described it as “walking through a live version of an issue of Sketchbook.” Whilst first issue cover girl Susie Bubble said “Sketchbook had enlisted an incredible roster of illustrators for the pop-up shop.”

Nestled in the East Quarter of Carnaby, central London, the Newburgh Quarter is a treasure trove of unique projects and inspiring people. The area is packed with independent boutiques showcasing unique fashion, art and design. It is here at 10 Newburgh Street, Carnaby, W1 that Sketchbook has been holding its hugely-anticipated Pop-Up Shop, in celebration of Carnaby’s 50 years of fashion and music, with live bands playing every Sunday.

Some of the upcoming events and lectures include the Blogs and Brands panel discussion on Thurs, April 8 with Leon Bailey-Green, Dwain Lucktung, Ollie Olanipekun and Style Salvage Steve to name a few, also, a live interview with Lee Lapthorne, creative director of On|Off and not forgetting live music by the upcoming band POCKET SATELLITE.

Join us at the private viewing to get a first glance at these amazing works. There will be drinks and cupcakes provided by ENIOLA’S OhSF Treats and entertainment by upcoming band Pocket Satellite. Based in Sheffield, Pocket Satellite’s sound is a blend of acoustic, folk and alternative sounds that incorporate a wide variety of instruments.


10 Newburgh Street, Carnaby, London W1F 7RN.

Private view: Sunday 11th April 2010

Exhibition open from Sunday 11th April – Monday 19th April 2010

Monday to Saturday: 10am-7pm, Sundays: 12noon-6pm


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