Home Styles Illustrators Animators About News TV Contact Work With Us Desktop Site
All
agency news
3d
artist advice and information
animals and nature
animation
awards
cartoon or humor
childrens books
conceptual
drawing
editorial
fantasy
fashion
figure and people
lettering
line
live art
paper sculpture
podcasts
posters
realistic
retro
scrapbook interviews
scrapbook notebooks
youth culture
04:00 PM - 07 Dec 16
Oh! New Year's Tree - A delightful rhyming story for the New Year illustrated by @Miss_Bally_Ball #Christmastwitter.com/i/web/status/8…
01:30 PM - 07 Dec 16
Check out @LucilleClerc’s beautiful hand drawn pieces that take you into a new world of texture, shading & detail.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
12:30 PM - 07 Dec 16
@ArrestAllMimics #Podcast: @BenTallon talks to @nick_chubb to discuss multi-platform self-promotion #interviewtwitter.com/i/web/status/8…
09:30 AM - 07 Dec 16
Check out @LucilleClerc’s beautiful hand drawn pieces that take you into a new world of texture, shading & detail.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
08:30 AM - 07 Dec 16
#Scrapbook - Spanish illustrator @pintachan shares his love of Richard Scarry, Nouvelle Vague movies, Lego&liquoric… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
06:00 PM - 06 Dec 16
Wrapped! @vickysworld transforms these festive #patterns into Christmas wrapping paper#gifts #holiday #designtwitter.com/i/web/status/8…
03:45 PM - 06 Dec 16
01:31 PM - 06 Dec 16
Hurrah! We have reached over 20,000 followers on Twitter! Thank you all for your follows, retweets and support.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
12:30 PM - 06 Dec 16
Hot of the Press! @DeannaFirst draws #portraits at last week's Faena Art Dome opening in Miami #fashion #peopletwitter.com/i/web/status/8…
09:30 AM - 06 Dec 16
05:30 PM - 05 Dec 16
Want to learn how to make #iOS 10 stickers? Check out this article written by @shaunaparmesan and @SydWeiler #phonetwitter.com/i/web/status/8…
01:30 PM - 05 Dec 16
Our #IllustratorOfTheWeek is @LucilleClerc, an exceptionally skilled hand drawing artist and printmaker.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
01:00 PM - 05 Dec 16
A seasonal #mural of a #Turkey in the popular North Street shopping area of #Bristol in the distinctive #style of… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
09:40 AM - 05 Dec 16
Our #IllustratorOfTheWeek is @LucilleClerc, an exceptionally skilled hand drawing artist and printmaker.… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
08:40 AM - 05 Dec 16
02:00 PM - 04 Dec 16
Meet our fashion illustrator, @DeannaFirst. Obsessed with drawing glamorous women by gathering ideas from the busy… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
09:30 AM - 04 Dec 16
Meet our fashion illustrator, @DeannaFirst. Obsessed with drawing glamorous women by gathering ideas from the busy… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
01:30 PM - 03 Dec 16
Watch @missledster talking and live painting in VR with GoogleTiltbrush at Soho Farmhouse #Fashion #livestream event ow.ly/N0Ke306JWSp
10:15 AM - 03 Dec 16
@vickysworld is at the Brighton Etsy Made #Local #Market this Saturday at the Brighton Dome selling her #wintery ar… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
04:05 PM - 02 Dec 16
A girl in a hurry on Winters day losing her glove: A recent #illustration by @luandemy for @InStyleGermany #styletwitter.com/i/web/status/8…

Pushing the Envelope

Ian Murray joins other artists to celebrate 175 years of the postage stamp in a touring exhibition organised by Neil Hadfield - the course leader at Hereford College of Arts.

detail

detail

fresh off the press

Ian Murray joins other artists to celebrate 175 years of the postage stamp in a touring exhibition organised by Neil Hadfield - the course leader at Hereford College of Arts.

The brief was to submit a piece of postal art in response to any aspect of the history of the postage stamp in the UK for the 'Pushing the Envelope' exhibition. Ian's piece entitled 'Tony and Liz (off with her head)' is explained below -  

"In 1965 the then post master general Tony Benn changed the criteria for what could appear on postage stamps. Before this, commemorative stamps had to feature a large representation of the monarch’s head, which dominated the design taking up to 75% of the available space. Designer/ illustrator David Gentleman, wrote to Benn suggesting alternative stamp designs, also proposing that the queens image be replaced by another symbol, such as a crown or the words or "United Kingdom”. Instead a much reduced silhouette of The Queen was used and this has been the standard ever since.

During this time I was still only a twinkle in my mother and father’s eyes, but during the turbulent political years of the 1970s and 1980s, the pipe smoking socialist Tony Benn was a poster boy in our house. I marvelled at his eloquence, my dad, Albert, even taking me to see him speak at a smoke filled trade union meeting in the 1980s. During this same period I was studying English Literature at school and was attracted and intrigued by the bold, direct, wood engravings of the New Penguin Shakespeare series covers. It was only some years later at art college in London that I was to discover this was the magical work of David Gentleman.

When researching the history of the postage stamp to produce an image for this exhibition, I was thrilled to discover these small personal connections which stirred such strong memories, and for me at least inform the story behind the stamp. This image is for those 3 principled men -  Tony Benn, David Gentleman and Albert Murray who have all informed, inspired and enriched me."

Pushing the Envelope was developed as a collaboration with Hereford College of Arts and Hay Festival and can currently be seen at Hereford College of Arts until 1st May; then the House of Illustration from 6th - 16th May and finally it will be at the Hay Festival from 21st– 31st May.

back to News