Neil Packer / One of a Kind
Neil Packer has had a long and successful career as an illustrator and designer. And now the time has come for a major exhibition.
Much of his more recent work has been for Walker Books and the spur for this show is his most recent book for them which is the culmination of an idea he’s been nursing for many years. ‘One of a Kind’ has given him the chance to pull together aspects of taxonomy in a charming narrative, and we’re delighted that it will be published in October. https://www.walker.co.uk/One-of-a-Kind-9781406379228.aspx
Many people will have noticed Silk Roads, the book written by Peter Frankopan and illustrated by Neil. With the clever use of so many illustration styles to suggest different periods in history he made this into a sensational book which has sold in over eleven different languages.
It’s been The Folio Society which has given Neil the breadth of work over the past twenty years and he’s very much enjoyed the challenge of interpreting for them everything from modern fiction to Dante’s Inferno. We hope to have originals from such classics as Foucault’s Pendulum and One Hundred Years of Solitude in the show. Perhaps even Catch 22, or Arabian Nights …
We’ll have ‘Open House’ for the whole week and look forward to making this work available for all to see.
There will be some work for sale:
Three large-format archival limited-edition prints from One of a Kind: Art genres, 24 different images, in different styles, each one a cat The Tool Shed, the main character, Arvo, looks for his bike puncture kit Vehicles: ships, planes, trucks, helicopters, cars
The inspiration for a book on taxonomy first came from Neil’s passion for cheese. This first piece, showing his favourites on a cheeseboard, will be available as a smaller print, suitable for every kitchen.
We’ll also offer a large scale silkscreen print of the cat family (Felidae) so that you can trace the history of the whole species
We’ll be selling the Silk Roads book, which Neil will be happy to dedicate as instructed, and there is also a very handsome map in a medieval style which was not included in the book but which will be offered as an archival print.
The exhibition will include original art from his previous books:
Original art commissioned by Walker Books for Gillian Cross’s adaptations of ‘The Iliad’ and ‘The Odyssey’.
Originals from his book ‘Book’ written by John Agard
We’ll also be showing a remarkable painted map which shows Neil’s own ‘Anti-Gentrification Train Garden’ which takes its form from the London Underground map and a model railway but with favourite haunts illustrated, many of which are fast disappearing from the city. We plan to show the film of this image, with a model train running, complete with commentary.