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James Jean & Tara McPherson



Join North American superstar guests James Jean and Tara McPherson for an evening discussion and illustrated presentation, followed by signings.

Born in Taipei, Taiwan and based in Los Angeles, James Jean has emerged as one of the 21st century’s most dazzling illustrative visionaries. Within the comics field, James Jean has been best-known for his lusciously inventive covers for the Vertigo series Fables. He has also exhibited his paintings and designed wallpaper, fabric prints and an animated video for fashion label Prada. He will be launching in the UK his latest productions: The Kindling Portfolio, a collection of twelve oversized frameable prints of new paintings housed in an attractive portfolio from Chronicle Books; and Process Recess Volume 3 from AdHouse Books which collects his sketchbook drawings into a classy hardcover. 

Named “the crown princess of poster art” by Elle magazine, the San Francisco-born Tara McPherson has fashioned her own world of seductive, thought-provoking imagery, collected into the hardback artbooks Lonely Heart and Lost Constellations from Dark Horse. As well as illustrating numerous gig posters for Kings of Leon, Beck, Depeche Mode and other rock bands, she has evolved into a hugely influential commercial artist and fine art painter based in New York and developed a range of sculptures, installations, apparel and merchandise. She has contributed covers and comics to Vertigo, including Sandman Presents, Witching Hour and Fables: 1001 Nights of Snowfall. More…

Tickets: £8 / £7 Concessions / £6 ICA Members
Where: Cinema 1, ICA, The Mall, London
When: Friday, November 13, 2009 - from 7pm

Sponsored by Offset 2009 and Orbital Comics

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