Charlie Mackesy, author and illustrator of the best-selling The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse, says his latest exhibition encourages people to say “well done” for getting out of college. Covid-19 pandemic.
ackesy, 60, has taken over the world of her award-winning book in a showcase of 60 original artworks in ink and paint for sale along with murals illustrating friendship and conversation between four protagonist.
He said he lost “quite a lot of weight” painting floor-to-ceiling murals at Sotheby’s London, transforming its Story Cafe at New Bond Street.
He told PA news agency that the title of his exhibition, Look How Far We’ve Come, originated in his book, but compared it to the message he wanted to share about epidemic.
“It was a page in the first book where the boy said ‘We have a long way to go,’ but I think it has to do with where we are now,” he said.
“I think the idea is to link the things in the book to our situation now. We have come a long way. The general meaning of the show is to display the drawings to encourage us to say ‘well done’, I don’t think people say well done nowadays.
“We should say to each other ‘well done’ having been through what we’ve been through (during the pandemic). We’re all very quick to move on to our next job and get back to the new normal, but I think there’s still a lot of work to be done.
“I think the fallout, the consequences, dealing with all this is going to take a very long time, and I think we are very interested, quite rightly, to try to get back to anything that is normal. often, sometimes it’s dangerous not to come to terms with what we’ve been through and deal with it.
“I think if I’m 10 years old and haven’t been to school for a long time and if I’m scared about passing the virus on to my grandmother, then they’re going to have to suffer the consequences. Isolation and fear, they are big things and I think we all go through that.”
Following its publication in 2019, The Boy, The Mole, The Fox And The Horse was named Book of the Year by Waterstones and shortlisted for nonfiction lifestyle book of the year at the Awards. English Book.
Mackesy said he was “surprised” by his love of illustrations and found himself “getting excited” at the prospect of creating something that could help people.
He told PA: “Honestly, it was pretty bizarre, it was still quite unexpected.
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“I think for me, it’s lovely if you find yourself in a position where you’ve done something that gives people a sense of belonging or hope, or feels more comfortable in your skin. themselves or encourage them in some way. It is a wonderful thing and I will always be delighted.”
Mackesy said he has always wanted to “engrave the words in the paintings”.
“It’s kind of weird because when I draw them, they don’t follow the pattern, I don’t want to design them to make people feel a certain way,” he said. I just try to be as honest as possible with my words and leave it at that.
“I think people take away from it things that I will never know, but I hope they like it, I hope some words lift them up. Perhaps it could catalyze conversations or connect them with themselves or with each other a little more.
“I think it’s always a dream, if you hear that someone has a crush on something.
“Ever since I was a kid, I’ve always felt that drawings have the power to cheer people up. When I was a kid, I used to pass cartoons around the classroom just to make people laugh.”
Mackesy said his motivation with art has always been to make people feel differently “hopefully good” after they’ve finished watching it.
Speaking of the exhibition, he added: “I’ve always loved looking at drawings in space, I remember seeing one printed and hung on a lamp post in California when the pandemic was at its worst, and I got a great thrill when just people stick them in places and they exist in a kind of house… the idea of drinking a cup of tea and seeing a doodle on the wall.
“I really like that and I suppose this is just a slightly bigger aspect of that. I remember going to the cafe and thinking it was a big space. I think they were quite shocked because I made them so big.
“I don’t think they expect big pictures but why not try filling in the gaps if you can.”
Mackesy, who previously worked with the late South African president Nelson Mandela on a lithograph project, The Unity Series, is also working on an animated short film adaptation of the book.
The exhibition selling his work and the transformation of Sotheby’s Story Cafe will be held until January 13.
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