Jane Ray: A World of Colour and Light
20 September – 14 October
The Elephants Garden and The Glass Maker’s Daughter


Jane Ray: A World of Colour and Light

20 September – 14 October

Jane Ray is one of the finest graphic and decorative illustration artists working today - having studied design and textiles Jane has gone on to write and illustrate books with leading publishers the world over. Her distinctive style and compassionate approach to storytelling has firmly established her as a successful picture book artist with over 70 picture books to her name. Adept illustrating her own texts as well as the work of others, Jane is perhaps best known for her luminous and intricate illustrations of traditional tales and her sensitivity to culturally diverse ways of looking at the world.

Illustrationcupboard Gallery is delighted to present a full-colour exhibition of Jane Ray's original artwork for two wonderful new books, The Elephant's Garden (Boxer Books) and The Glassmaker’s Daughter (Frances Lincoln). From Venice to India, these two very different tales take us on magical journeys of colour, light, laughter and imagination. Using vibrant collage artwork with jewel-like colours, Jane Ray's illustrations will appeal to anyone who loves stories, enchanting and captivating readers of all ages.

Born in London, Jane studied art and design at Middlesex University. Her main study was ceramics and she didn't start to illustrate until she left college. Her first published work was a series of greetings cards, followed by a number of book jackets, and eventually illustrations for a poetry anthology. Since then she has gone on to write and illustrate over 70 books, including Fairy Tales by Berlie Doherty, The King of Capri by Jeanette Winterson, The Lost happy Endings by Carol Ann Duffy and Moonbird by Joyce Dunbar.

Jane Ray will be at the gallery on the evening of Wednesday 20th September to celebrate her recent nomination for the prestigious Hans Christian Andersen Awards with IBBY UK. The Awards are the most renowned in the international children’s book world and presented every other year to honour a “living author and illustrator whose complete works have made a lasting contribution to children's literature”.

Please join us from 5.30pm – 8.00pm to meet Jane and join in the celebrations. Speeches start at 7pm and Jane will be signing books and meeting visitors in the early part of the evening.

Original artwork and signed books will be available for sale at the gallery and online. The exhibition runs from 20 September to 14 October 2017.
Exhibition date
20 September - 14 October 2017
22 Bury St, St James's, London, SW1Y 6AL