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Fifty Years of Illustration

February 2, 2017

Lawrence Zeegen’s lecture, based on his recent book Fifty Years of Illustration, charts contemporary illustration’s rich history: the rampant idealism of the 1960s, the bleak realism of the 1970s, the over-blown consumerism of the 1980s, the digital explosion of the 1990s, followed by the increasing diversification of illustration in the early twenty-first century.

Zeegen explores the contexts in which the discipline has operated and looks historically, sociologically, politically and culturally at the key factors at play across each decade, whilst artworks by key illustrators bring the decade to life. Contemporary illustration’s impact and influence on design and popular culture are also explored throughout this presentation, illustrated with examples of the finest work by the finest illustrators from the last 50 years.

Professor Lawrence Zeegen is Dean of the School at Design at Ravensbourne where he leads undergraduate and postgraduate departments in Architecture, Communication Design and Fashion. Having practiced as an illustrator and designer since graduation from Camberwell College of Arts in 1986 and the Royal College of Art in 1989; Lawrence’s clients include major international newspapers, magazines, book publishers, design companies and advertising agencies. Zeegen was a regular contributing illustrator for The Guardian newspaper between 2005 and 2010. As a design writer, Zeegen has contributed to numerous publications and is the author of nine published books on the subject of illustration and graphic arts since 2005.

Featuring moderator Steven Heller with guest panelists Seymour Chwast, Henrik Drescher, Guy Billout, Barbara Nessim, and Laurie Rosenwald



February 2, 2017
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