The Mr Pickles Fan Club
Gemma Correll Solo ExhibitionApr 18 - May 11, 2013
Thursday, April 18th, 6 - 10pm
Book signing: 6 - 7pm
Magic Pony welcomes UK artist Gemma Correll for her first Canadian exhibitionThe Mr Pickles Fan Club. Drawing inspiration from everyday life, Correll creates a tragicomic narrative of one-liners and situational humour that pokes fun at contemporary dilemmas and burdens, with credos such as "Pugs Not Drugs". Featuring a wide range of characters - from dogs, cats, food, tiny animals, domestic life to the internet itself - Correll's work consists of informally drawn anecdotes, often balanced with a delightful sense of British satire. While best known for her graphic illustrations, her practice is remarkably diverse; appearing through drawings, comics, stationary, apparel, textiles, printmaking, sculpture, murals and exhibitions. She is also the writer and illustrator of several books including "Pug's Guide to Etiquette" (2012) and "A Cat's Life" (2010).
The exhibition The Mr Pickles Fan Club presents an eclectic collection of all things "pug" - including original artwork by Gemma Correll as well as products ranging from apparel and badges to figurines and ornaments, all featuring the iconic Mr Pickles image, as well as some of his lesser-known animal companions.
About Gemma Correll:
Gemma Correll is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator, and writer currently based in the UK, a graduate of the Norwich School of Art and Design (BA Hons Illustration, 2006) She divides her time between commissioned work, producing illustrations for clients including The New York Times, The Observer, TeNeues and Hallmark, and working on personal projects such as designing her own greeting cards, comics and screenprinted tote bags. She has exhibited internationally throughout China, the US and Europe, and was the recipient of a Young Guns award from the Art Directors Club of New York in 2010.
On a side note, she has qualifications in basic first aid, grade 5 flute and devotes a large proportion of her time to updating her pugs' blog.