Sterling Hundley Triumphs at the V&A Illustration Awards 2015
Hundley wins both the overall prize and the Book Illustration award for his work on the Folio Society edition of Treasure Island.
LONDON, Tuesday 19th may 2015: Today, The Folio Society is delighted to announce Sterling Hundley as double winner at the V&A Illustration Awards 2015. As well as winning the Book Illustration category for his work on the Robert Louis Stevenson classic Treasure Island, published by The Folio Society in October 2014, Hundley was awarded the overall prize.
Hundley created his compelling illustrations using a combination of pencil drawing, painting and digital techniques. His work is both influenced by and stands out from a long tradition of illustrating this iconic story. As Hundley remarked when accepting the commission: ‘Treasure Island is hallowed ground in the world of illustration. I would be honoured to take on the project.’
Working closely with The Folio Society’s Art Director Sheri Gee, Hundley produced a 12 striking colour illustrations. Gee comments, ‘It can often be daunting for an illustrator – even an experienced one – to work on such a classic story such as Treasure Island. Sterling was a pleasure to work with and it was amazing to be part of his creative process, seeing how each piece developed from conception to completion. He’ll be the first to admit that it wasn’t an easy commission, with N. C. Wyeth’s ghost constantly over his shoulder! We couldn’t be happier with the finished product and we’re delighted that his work has been recognised by the V&A judging panel.’
The Folio Society has experienced a triumphant year at The 2015 V&A Illustration Awards, with the shortlist for the Book Illustration category made up of three worthy candidates, all of whom were recognised for their work on Folio Society editions. This is the first time that a single publisher has received more than one nomination within any category.
Hundley’s illustrations were shortlisted alongside Ewan Clayton and Jonathan Burton for their work on the Folio Society editions of In Parenthesis and Life, the Universe and Everything, respectively. In addition, Frederick Forsyth’s classic The Day of the Jackal was nominated within the Book Cover Category, for illustrator Tatsuro Kiuchi’s eye-catching design.
The V&A Illustration Awards are held annually to highlight the best book and magazine illustration published in the UK in the previous year. The winner in each category receives £2,000 and a trophy. The judges select an overall winner who receives an additional £2,000. Winners are displayed at the V&A Illustration Awards gallery, which opens this year on 19 May.
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