You’ll be seeing a lot of Graham Carter’s work around town this month, and not only on this month’s cover. The Seaford-based illustrator and printmaker is the resident designer for Burning the Clocks, the lantern procession which takes place on the 21st of December each year, organised by local arts charity Same Sky. Graham says, “They contacted me about five years ago and it seemed like a cool thing to be involved with. The theme that year was ‘The Deep’. I’d just created a print based on the bottom of the Brighton sea called School Run, with all these various submarines and robots, and the poster I designed was based on that. I’ve done each Burning the Clocks poster since, and they’ve built up into a really nice body of work.” You can purchase a print of his poster for this year’s Burning the Clocks (far right) – and support the event – by visiting their crowdfunding page.
“My career keeps changing from year to year,” Graham says. “This year it’s children’s books. I suppose having two young boys and reading them stories every night – it’s got me wanting to do my own. I do buy a lot of books under the pretence that they’re for the children, but I secretly choose ones I’d enjoy myself…” His first book, Alphamals A-Z, started out as a set of prints illustrating an animal beginning with each letter of the alphabet. When he first approached the publisher with the idea of turning the prints into a book, he says, “I had tried to pick the more obscure animals, but they did veto some of them…” (Somehow the ‘quoll’ still made the cut.)
“I’ve always dabbled in screen printing. About ten years ago I decided to take a little break from illustration and dive right into print-making – that’s when me and my wife Alice set up Boxbird; she’d always wanted to run her own gallery and I’d always wanted my own print studio, so we combined our ideas and got a space in Hove which was half gallery and half print studio.” The Boxbird Gallery has now moved online, but you’ll be able to see work from Graham and some of the other Boxbird artists at their Christmas Open House in Seaford, from Friday the 1st to Sunday the 3rd of December. For more details see boxbird.co.uk.
And there’s a further chance to see Graham’s work exhibited that weekend, this time at our own event, the Viva Cover Story 2017 exhibition. The show is a chance to look back on the last twelve months of artwork that we’ve been lucky enough to feature on our covers, for both Viva Brighton and our sister magazine Viva Lewes. We’ll also be exhibiting a selection of portraits by Adam Bronkhorst and comic strips by Joe Decie, all at The Regency Town House from the 1st to the 3rd of December. See you there!