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"Artist in Residence: 20 years as an illustrator in Japan"

The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation presents an illustrated lecture

Artist in Residence: 20 years as an illustrator in Japan by John Shelley

Thursday 3 July 2008 6.00pm – 8.00pm Daiwa Foundation Japan House

This event is free but advanced booking is essential. Places can be booked at Illustrations by John Shelley can be viewed at

John Shelley, an illustrator based in Japan for 20 years, returned to the UK this year. His talk will cover his experience working in Japan as an illustrator and how the Japanese creative market differs from that in the UK. The chair will be Satoshi Kitamura, a renowned children’s picture book author and illustrator.

Contributors: John Shelley was born in Birmingham and grew up in Sutton Coldfield. He studied at Bournville School of Art, then at Manchester Polytechnic under children’s illustrator Tony Ross. From 1983, he began working as a freelance illustrator in London, and by 1984 had co-founded the artist’s collective Facade Studios with designer Andy Royston and illustrators Jane Ray and Willie Ryan. His interest in ukiyo-e prints attracted him towards Japan and in 1987 he moved to Tokyo, making it his home for the following 21 years. The intervening time witnessed an outpouring of commercial illustration for clients in Japan and children’s books for publishers across the globe. In Japan, his award-winning commercial art has been used in everything from animated TV ads, poster and newspaper campaigns to character merchandising and editorial illustration. With a unique insight into the Japanese creative market he stood as a committee member of JAGDA (Japan Graphic Designer Association) and presented at colleges across the country. Following his first major picture book, The Secret in the Matchbox (1989, Mother Goose Award runner-up), his children’s illustrations have been published in the UK, USA, Europe, Japan and East Asia, and have continued to gain steady recognition across the world. As an author, his published stories include Hoppy’s New House (Fukuinkan Shoten) and The House of the World (Benesse). Shelley is active on the world stage, having run events on children’s illustration in Los Angeles, Manila, Paris, Ulaanbaatar (Mongolia) and Bologna, as well as in Tokyo and the UK. Satoshi Kitamura (chair) is a renowned children’s picture book author and illustrator. Born in Tokyo in 1956, Kitamura enjoyed reading comics and illustrated novels from a young age. Without any formal training, at 19 he started his career working in advertising as an artist, eventually making his way to London. He has written and illustrated over 20 of his own books and worked as illustrator on countless others. He illustrated Angry Arthur (written by Hiawyn Oram), which won the Mother Goose Award and the Japanese Picture Book Award in 1983. He wrote and illustrated UFO Diary, a Smarties Prize finalist in 1989. Having lived in the UK now for over two decades, his illustrations show both Eastern and Western influences and are characterised by moody London streetscapes and wide-eyed expressive ‘friends’.

LOCATION Daiwa Foundation Japan House is located at 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London, NW1 4QP. OTHER EVENTS For more information of all events organised by The Daiwa Anglo-Japanese Foundation, see The Daiwa Anglo Japanese Foundation Daiwa Foundation Japan House, 13/14 Cornwall Terrace, London, NW1 4QP Tel : 020 7486 4348 Fax : 020 7486 2914 Website : Registered Charity No. 299955

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