To celebrate ‘Bath in Fashion 2015’, and as the next-door gallery to Bath’s Fashion Museum, David Simon Contemporary and Article are showcasing a contemporary exhibition by some of the most exciting, current, fashion illustrators in the industry. Jaqueline Bissett, Helen Bullock, Erin Petson and Sarah Tanat-Jones are illustrators who have worked with top names in fashion, from Dior and Prada to Ralph Lauren, John Galliano, Louis Vuitton, Liberty and Stella McCartney. The show is accompanied by paintings of London fashionistas by Julian Bailey. Julian studied at the Ruskin School and the Royal Academy and exhibits regularly at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, as well as holding solo exhibitions in London, Australia and the United States of America. A selection of ceramics, prints, cards and jewellery is featured in our adjoining artisan homewares shop ‘Article’.
Jacqueline Bissett has worked with Selfridges, Harrods, Givenchy, Escada, Giorgio Beverly Hills, Samsung & Kurt Geiger, amongst others. Bissett graduated from the Bourneville School of Art & Epsom College of Art. Her style sees splashes of colour bled onto a wet page. It’s a playful approach, quickly executed, with strong black line adding definition and contrast to the soft watercolours.
Helen Bullock (BA, MA Central St Martins, London) has created designs for Anthropologie & Liberty, London. Designer-collaborations include John Galliano, Ossie Clark, Phoebe English, Ralph Lauren, and Louis Vuitton. Her painterly, ‘less is more’ approach gives a colourful, quick and textured feel of the designs she illustrates, simplifying forms and faces, whilst emphasising use of colour. 'Helen is the embodiment of her brilliant work, bold, joyous and energetic.' - Nick Knight, photographer.
Erin Petson’s style has been described as ‘bondage leaning glam fashion-vintage’. Clients include Stella McCartney, Dior, Vogue, Loro Piana, amongst many others. The V&A have recently collected 50 pieces of her original drawings for their archive. Her Fashion Face Off Top Trumps have been featured weekly in the Sunday Times Style.
Sarah Tanat-Jones won the D&AD New Blood Award after graduating from Edinburgh College of Art and is since fast-becoming one of the UK’s rising stars of illustration. Clients include Asos, Benefit make-up, The Independent, The Guardian, Goop.com, Time Out. A fresh approach to illustration, using bold colour mixed with a reverential love of British illustration heritage; think, Eric Ravilious goes punk rock! An artist and illustrator, and musician, the fashion illustration is in her blood – her grandfather Ken Tanat-Jones was a top London fashion illustrator in the 1950s and 1960s.
Julian Bailey, who trained at Ruskin School of Art and Royal Academy Schools, shows paintings alongside this illustration exhibition. Having spent time painting figures during London Fashion week, this selection of paintings has a focus on London’s fashionistas around Bond Street and Chelsea. These are observed with a quick and boldly coloured approach in a loose, abstract style. His awards include the Turner Gold Medal (1986), Landseer Scholarship (1999), Hunting Art Prize finalist (2004), David Messum Prize (2011) and he became an elected member of the New English Art Club in 2011. His works are in the collections of HRH The Prince of Wales, The National Trust, New College Oxford, Pembroke College Oxford, Daiwa Bank, among many other corporate and private collections. Julian Bailey regularly shows his work in the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, as well as holding solo exhibitions in London, Australia and the United States of America.