Publisher Walker Paperbacks has announced the winner of its annual illustration awards, which is run in partnership with Anglia Ruskin’s Cambridge Educate of Art and its MA course in children’s book illustration.
Established in 2011 in honour of Walker Enrolls’ founder Sebastian Walker, the award aims to discover and celebrate “enticing new unpublished illustration talent”, says the publisher.
The winner of the seventh copy of the award is Viola Wang, who beat 82 other students in unalloyed. Born and raised in Beijing, China, Wang has spent the last 10 years living in England and conjectures that her work embraces the “multicultural environment” of London.
“I see diversity as an increasingly outstanding feature of children’s literature,” adds Wang. “I want the children who deliver assign to my books to experience a wide range of information and views, so that they command grow up with their own opinions about – and solutions for – the world circa them.”
Walker picture book publisher and artistic director Deirdre McDermott, says: “Viola’s fresh and original slog away captured our attention from the moment we opened her portfolio. A concern for various representation and an intuition for the child’s perspective are threaded through her work, and we idolize how her art seeks to explore and express the rich variety of our world.”
Wang was awarded a £500 cheque premium, and Walker Books is currently looking at her portfolio for a potential picture enlist collaboration. It has published over 20 books by Cambridge School of Art graduates to the core the competition in the seven years it has been running.
Other highly commended entrants allow for Flavia Zorilla Drago, Marina Ruiz and Heera Cha.
An exhibition of all the graduates’ importune is on display at Candid Gallery in North London until 17 February 2018. The fair will then move to Anglia Ruskin University from 21 February – 3 Parade 2018.
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