Artist and Curator John Cockshaw and Writer Robert S. Malan will be present at Bank Street Arts along with Francesca Barbini, Managing Editor of SciFi Fantasy Network and Jay Johnstone for a meet and greet session between 11am and 1pm. The exhibition as a whole will be talked about along with discussion on the genesis of ‘The Sign of the Shining Beast’ project and its present development with Luna Press Publishing into a hybrid graphic novel/art book. Further details will be posted closer to the date confirming the presence of other participants in the exhibition.
John is a North Yorkshire-based artist and alumni of Sheffield Hallam University (BA Hons Fine Art and Mres in Art and Design 2002, 2003). His Tolkien-inspired art has been exhibited at events in Oxford organised by The Tolkien Society, Sarehole Mill in Birmingham, with the Sociedad Tolkien Española in Seville, HobbitCon in Germany and more recently at NazgulCon in Sao Paolo, Brazil. In December 2014 John curated an exhibition of international Tolkien-inspired artists at Curzon Ripon Arts/Cinema venue in North Yorkshire. He is currently involved in collaborative publishing projects with Oloris Publishing and Luna Press Publishing, the first of which will be released in the summer of 2015.
A graphic designer and Artist based in Newcastle, Jay is an internationally known figure in Tolkien-inspired art through his appearances at the most well-known conferences and conventions the world has to offer. His Tolkien work is in the collection at the Greisinger Museum in Switzerland, and in the collections of may esteemed and ardent fans. His approach to his Tolkien inspired art is to study religious manuscripts, icon and fresco illustration from the medieval periods. He takes elements of iconography and works with traditional techniques to produce art that could have been made in the valleys of Middle-earth or in the libraries of Minas Tirith.