Shortlist announced for The Book Illustration Competition







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

The Book Illustration Competition invited entrants, who must not already be published by The Folio Society, to submit three illustrations and a binding design for Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. The winner will receive a highly sought-after 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 9 July.

After extensive debate 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.


Professor Sir Christopher Frayling says:

“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.”


Igor Karash says:

“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.”


The Shortlist:


Shortlisted illustrations above: Maria M. Carrasco (above left), Finn Dean (above middle), Vitali Konstantinov (above right)


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.



bigillustration2 Shortlisted illustrations above: Claire Malary (above left), Varvara Perekrest (above middle), Kit Russell(above right)


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 entoptic imagery and cognition.


Notes to Editors

  • House of Illustration is a vibrant charity, passionate about promoting illustration, the world’s most accessible artform. From adverts to animation, picture books to political cartoons and scientific drawings to fashion design, we celebrate and explore the past, present and future of illustration. We put on exhibitions, run competitions and organise events with some of the country’s leading illustrators. We also work in schools through our pioneering education programme. Our ambition is to create a permanent flagship centre dedicated exclusively to exhibiting, celebrating and learning about British and international illustration and illustrators. Registered Charity number 1095210
  • Ursula Kroeber Le Guin was born in 1929 in Berkeley, and lives in Portland, Oregon. As of 2013, she has published twenty-one novels, eleven volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, twelve books for children, six volumes of poetry and four of translation, and has received many honours and awards including the Hugo, Nebula, National Book Award and PEN-Malamud. Her most recent publication is Finding My Elegy (New and Selected Poems, 1960-2010).
  • Brave New World, Aldous Huxley’s 1932 dystopian fable, is the equivalent of a short sharp shock. It focuses on a world state in the 7th century AF (After Ford) where social stability is based on a scientific caste system. Bernard Marx is an unorthodox, unhappy Alpha Plus (a high intellectual grade) who visits a New Mexican Reservation and returns to London with a Savage. The Savage is a first fascinated by this new world, but eventually revolts against it, in a compelling demonstration of the incompatibility of human freedom and a scientifically trouble-free society.