'Get the Picture' with book illustrations exhibition

A new exhibition featuring high-quality art prints from some of the best children’s book illustrators in the world opens at Lockett Gallery on Friday, April 1.

Get the Picture is a collaboration between Lockett Gallery and Gecko Press, the Wellington publisher of internationally award-winning children’s books from around the world.

The exhibition will showcase 43 illustrations from 30 international and New Zealand artists.

The exhibition is a curated selection of art from 40 Gecko Press books illustrated by artists including Marc Boutavant of France, Peter Goes and Kitty Crowther of Belgium, Eva Eriksson of Sweden, Jun Takabatake of Japan, as well as New Zealanders Gavin Bishop, and David Elliot – and many more.

Art prints are available to buy at the exhibition and online, as well as the books they are part of.

“This exhibition with Gecko Press showcases work from some of the world’s best illustrators for children, here in Whanganui” says Lesley Stead, owner of Lockett Gallery and Paige’s Book Gallery next door.

“There is something for everyone – art for babies and young children through to the sophisticated work of Peter Goes, equally loved by adults.”

Children’s book illustration is a powerful artform, says Julia Marshall, publisher at Gecko Press.

“Illustrations from children’s books are something we carry with us for the rest of our lives. It is exciting to see them given space outside the books they come from.”

The exhibition will run from Friday, 1 April to Saturday, 30 April at Lockett Gallery, 62 Guyton Street, Whanganui.


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