Press Release: 2018 V&A Illustration Awards

John Vernon Lord wins Illustrator of the Year and Book Illustration category at the 2018 V&A Illustration Awards  

The Folio Society is delighted to announce that John Vernon Lord has won the Book Illustration Award and the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year prize for his work on James Joyce’s Ulysses for The Folio Society. The prizes were awarded in an exclusive ceremony held at the V&A on 16 May 2018.

On winning the prize John said: ‘It is a huge honour and a privilege to win both the Book Illustration Award and the 2018 Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize. I am very grateful to the V&A, those trusts that support the award and The Folio Society who trusted me to illustrate James Joyce’s Ulysses.’

Broadcaster and comedian, Frank Skinner who judged the competition this year said ‘John Vernon Lord’s illustrations are more than just echoes of the text. They feel like an alternative entrance into Ulysses-world. I’m totally spoilt now. I can’t look through the dog-eared paperback edition I’ve relied on since my student days without feeling that something is missing.’

Tom Walker, Publishing Director at The Folio Society, applauded the panel’s choice, saying: ‘John Vernon Lord is one of the greats of modern-day illustration, and this is well deserved recognition for such an exceptional talent.’

John recently discussed his work on Ulysses with Tom Walker, you can view the film here. An exhibition of his work on this title and the Folio edition of Finnegans Wake will be on view at House of Illustration, London from 13 July 2018.

Previous Illustrator of the Year prizes for Folio editions were awarded to David McConochie in 2016 for The Folio Book of Ghost Stories (as well as Book Cover), Sterling Hundley in 2015 for Treasure Island (and Book Illustration) and Tom Burns in 2009 for The New York Trilogy (also for Book Illustration).

Other illustrators awarded for their work on Folio titles include Anne-Marie Jones, winner of the Book Cover Award for Sons and Lovers in 2014; Anna and Elena Balbusso, winners of the Book Illustration Award for Eugene Onegin in 2013; Matthew Richardson, winner of the Book Cover Award for The Outsider in 2012.






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