2013 Book Illustration Competition shortlist announced

Six illustrators have been chosen from over 500 entrants to be shortlisted for the third annual Book Illustration Competition, a collaboration between the House of Illustration and The Folio Society.

The Book Illustration Competition invited entrants to submit three illustrations and a binding design for Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. The winner will receive a commission worth £4,500 to complete a set of eight illustrations for the book, which will be published by The Folio Society in September 2013 with an introduction by multi award-winning writer Ursula le Guin. Five runners up will each receive £500 cash. Three prizes of the six will be awarded to student entries.

The winner will be announced at an award ceremony on Tuesday 9th July.

The Shortlist

  • Maria M Carrasco, 29, graduated in Graphic Design from Camberwell College of Arts in 2012 and holds a previous degree in Media Communication and Advertising. Maria will be exhibiting interactive works at the Nordes Design Conference in Denmark on 9-12 June, as well as holding a workshop at Sofia Design Week in Bulgaria from 21-30 June 2013.
  • Finn Dean graduated in Graphic Design from Bath School of Art and Design in 2004, and won the Student Category of the SAA Illustration Awards in the same year. Now 33, he has participated in a number of group exhibitions across the UK and in 2007 was Runner Up in the Observer/Jonathan Cape short graphic story competition. Finn had work featured in Danny Boyle’s latest film Trance and is currently working on a series of book covers for Penguin.
  • Vitali Konstantinov studied architecture, graphic arts, painting and art history in the USSR and Germany and currently works as a freelance artist and illustrator in Germany. Vitali’s illustrations for contemporary and classical texts have featured in numerous publications and exhibitions worldwide and in 2011 his work was nominated in the German Children’s Literature Awards.
  • Claire Malary is a 24 year old freelance graphic designer and illustrator in Paris, where she graduated in Graphic Design from the Higher School of Graphic Arts and Architecture in 2011. Claire’s work has been exhibited in Paris this year and she was a Finalist at the 2012 International Fair of Drawing online. She has also studied Fashion Design.
  • Varvara Perekrest, 27,is studying for an MA in Design with Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at Kingston University, having graduated in Illustration from the University of Hertfordshire. Previously, Varvara spent four years working with various magazines, fashion designers, galleries, and art and film festivals in Ukraine, Russia, Poland and Ireland. She is currently working on a project for ChildVision, an education centre for Blind Children in Ireland.
  • Kit Russell, 22, graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design this year and currently lives in Dundee, Scotland. He works across a range of mediums and uses a number of different printing processes to create conceptual, illustrative imagery. Kit’s most recent projects explore his interest in pseudoscientific theories of the mind, visual illusions and the relationship between entopic imagery and cognition.

The shortlist was selected by a judging panel comprising broadcaster, curator, former Chairman of Arts Council England and House of Illustration trustee Professor Sir Christopher Frayling, writer and Lord Northcliffe Professor Emeritus at UCL John Sutherland, last year’s competition winner Igor Karash, and Flora Craig from House of Illustration together with Folio’s Production Director, Senior Editor and Art Director.


Illustrations, from left to right: Maria M Carrasco, Finn Dean, Kit Russell, Claire Malary, Varvara Perekrest, Vitali Konstantinov

“We all thought, in advance of the judging, that the imagery of Brave New World was in danger of turning into visual cliché. But the shortlisted entries all turned out to have original and challenging ‘takes’ on the story – some updating it to today’s genetic engineering, some using period styles, some focusing on surprising moments. The judging proved to be a fascinating experience,” commented Professor Sir Christopher Frayling.

“Framing The Book Illustration Competition as a real book assignment contributed to both the quality of the submitted illustrations and the variety of styles and concepts explored. Although this approach made aspects of judging more objective it was still a challenge due to the high volume of exceptional work. I praise all the shortlisted artists for their amazing illustrations, each deserving of a fine publication,” added Igor Karash.

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