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James Grover

International mural & editorial illustrator. Exeter

James Grover

Darwin Holiday Portholes

Thursday, June 01, 2017

James Grover is commissioned for two porthole artworks to appear in a holiday park pool area.

James' brief was to create the two artworks based on a sea life and treasure theme.  He continues, "The requirement was for the artwork to appeal both to children and adults in my patterned style. The artwork was installed on site as vinyl prints around 2m square, so I was required to vectorize the illustration to maintain the sharpness at large scale." The artworks can be seen in the pool and reception areas at Sandymouth Holiday Park, Bude, Cornwall.


COPD Research

Thursday, May 25, 2017

James Grover creates a distinct cover for the Pharmaceutical Journal.

The illustration shows the opportunities and challenges of research into chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. James has used the lungs as opposite view points demonstrating two sides of the discussion, designed in a pleasing and decorative way.

Book Quiz

Tuesday, May 09, 2017

James Grover draws obscure clues for the National Book Tokens Quiz.

James' emerging signs grow out of a book giving clues to an online book quiz to win book tokens. Requiring a little detective work, the signs are imaginatively drawn with both humour and creativity. 

Zizzi Birmingham

Thursday, May 04, 2017

The interior of Zizzi Ristorante in Birmingham is painted with the rich history of the area by James Grover.

James spent four days at the restaurant using acrylic paint pen and emulsion to enliven the interior with his designs. He says "(The mural was) based on the rich history of manufacturing and industry in Birmingham. An important part of these trades was the canal, along with ‘city of a thousand trades’ which was what the city was often referred to."

Santa Fe

Thursday, April 20, 2017

This delightful map comes from the hands of James Grover for Denver city's 5280 Magazine.

James' map shows the Santa Fe Trail and is decorated with drawings of its people, food and landmarks, knitted together with handcrafted letters and textures.

Illustrator Profile - James Grover

Monday, February 22, 2016

James creates whimsical patterns, textures and lettering for walls, books and magazines.

Patterns and detail are important elements in James’s style. His line work has a slightly naïve feel to it and, working digitally, he adds depth to images by including extra elements, even if they’re small and subtle. See more...

A Little Romance

Friday, July 10, 2015

James Grover creates five book jackets for Sarah Duncan's re-releases.

James Grover creates five book jackets for Sarah Duncan's re-releases.

The successful novels which have previously won glowing reviews and short-listings for 'Romantic Novel of the Year', have received a fresh look from James' wonderful sense of pattern and design. James says "The covers aim to capture the relaxed, romantic and heart-warming feel to the books." 

Ask an Islander

Thursday, June 25, 2015

James Grover works on an animation for Prince Edward Island tourism.

James Grover works on an animation for Prince Edward Island tourism.

Alongside animator Lev Bravo, James was commissioned to illustrate the 'Ask an Islander' feature on the Prince Edward Island website. 'Ask an Islander' allows potential visitors to directly ask islanders questions about the best places to eat, see music and see the sights. James says "I designed the general look and feel of the animation and created all the elements by hand." See the video here.

Gail Armstrong, James Grover, Sharif Tarabay and Turine Tran are shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

above - Gail Armstrong's work for SOGO

below - James Grover's work for Zizzi Ristorante

above - Turine Tran's work for Crayola

below - Sharif Tarabay's work for DONG Energy UK

We are super-excited to hear that Gail Armstrong, James Grover, Turine Tran and Sharif Tarabay have had their work shortlisted for the AOI World Illustration Awards in partnership with the Directory of Illustration.

Gail Armstrong's artwork for the SOGO campaign shortlisted in the Advertising and Design category, was to celebrate their 29th Anniversary. SOGO in Hong Kong commissioned an illustration to reflect the shopping experience in the prestigious department store during their celebration week. The image had to reference the various store departments and goods available and feature typical shoppers, whilst being colourful, lively and festive.  'SOGO 29th Anniversary' had to be an integral part of the image and the artwork had to work in a variety of formats and scales, with the option to extract key elements to use as stand-alone images.

Shortlisted for the Public Realm category, James Grover's Zizzi mural was to decorate two restaurant walls, bringing individuality to the site by finding inspiration in local history or landmarks. The murals are themed around the close proximity of Rockingham Forest to the town. In prehistoric times the area was the largest expanse of woodland in the country. More recently, in medieval England, the forest was allocated as a Royal Hunting Forest where wild boar, fallow deer and pheasant were in abundance.

Sharif Tarabay's painting for DONG Energy UK was to convey the UK's rich heritage combined with its modern innovation and technologies - shortlisted in the Advertising and Design category. 

Lastly Turine Tran's work for Crayola with Leo Burnett in Ho Chi Minh city was to promote brand awareness of Crayola in a visually arresting way with the concept of 'unrolling' a colour pencil, laying it out flat, and seeing all the visuals that are waiting to be drawn by that pencil. "The brief was pretty simple and straightforward, but the charm needs to come from choosing and composing the iconic red objects. The effect I was after is the intensity of red, and the strong emotional tension it provoke. So instead of positioning and layering them randomly, I tried to place them so that totally unrelated things seem to have connections to each other. I leave the storytelling up to the viewers to interpret and connect the dot." says Turine. This piece is also shortlisted in the Advertising and Design category.

We are truly proud of all our artists who entered this year and look forward to finding out the results soon! Look here for the complete shortlist.

On The Strand

Thursday, April 02, 2015

James Grover paints a theatre land mural in Zizzi Ristorante on The Strand.

James Grover paints a theatre land mural in Zizzi Ristorante on The Strand.

James's design was for the alcove space where he has represented a selection of the well-known theatres in the area. He says "The focus of the West End 'Theatreland' is of course the shows themselves, however the theatre buildings are often iconic and beautifully grand venues." Using acrylic pens and emulsion, James has drawn St Martin’s Theatre, Lyceum Theatre, Queen’s Theatre, Victoria Palace Theatre, Novello Theatre, London Palladium and Palace Theatre, along with characters from some well-known productions. He was also asked to produce a decorative mural for the George Bernard Shaw quote wall, which includes some theatre inspired elements, all this was completed over a period of six days.

Keep Cosy

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

James Grover works with Kopparberg on their spiced apple ads.

James Grover works with Kopparberg on their spiced apple ads.

James provided the hand drawn typography for the advertisement; a warming 'Keep Cosy' design to promote the cider that can be enjoyed chilled or heated.

Zizzi Sheffield

Wednesday, February 04, 2015

above and below - photos of the Zizzi Sheffield interior

James Grover paints the interior of Zizzi Ristorante in Meadowhall, Sheffield.

James was asked to create murals to decorate the main restaurant wall and corridor and to bring individuality to the site by finding inspiration in local history or landmarks. His work is based around the rich musical heritage of the city of Sheffield and is initially seen as a decorative map. After looking closer at the mural, "...the city centre map’s street names are song titles with the year in which they were released...creating a giant quiz and igniting the natural competitive spirit to solve puzzles. For example, one street is named 'Sing It Back (1998)' – the answer would be 'Moloko'. The corridor features stylised album covers, also showing only the release date", he says. James wanted to hold the viewer's attention with this project and provide a talking point too - the restaurant is in a shopping centre and has a high turnover of customers with shorter meal times. The mural was painted on-site using acrylic and emulsion.

Skimming Stones

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

The new album cover by August James is illustrated by James Grover.

The new album cover by August James is illustrated by James Grover.

Skimming Stones is the acoustic duo's second album and is adorned with James's translucent floating patterns. 

Meadows and Woodland

Monday, September 08, 2014

detail of the mural

Darwin Holiday Parks commission James Grover to put his art on the walls of their Piran Meadows site near Newquay.

Meadows and woodland were the inspiration for James, he also included some references to the sea too with Newquay's position on the Cornwall coast. James says "It was completely drawn in acrylic pens, with the background colour done in emulsion."

Nature comes to Zizzi

Monday, August 11, 2014

above and below: the walls of Zizzi Ristorante in Market Harborough


James Grover adds more of his magic to the walls of Zizzi Ristorante in Market Harborough.

The mural was hand drawn live on site, using acrylic pen paints and emulsion. And referencing the history of the area with it's close proximity to Rockingham Forest, James says "In prehistoric times the area was the largest expanse of woodland in the country, but deforestation has seen a large reduction in its size. More recently, in medieval England, the forest was allocated as a Royal Hunting Forest where wild boar, fallow deer and pheasant were in abundance. Nowadays, the remaining forest is protected and is still a key feature of the area."  Another superb Zizzi interior by James!

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