Illustrator Paul Thurlby

Originally from Nottingham, now based in London, Paul Thurlby has been a full-time illustrator since September 2006 after graduating from the University in Buckinghamshire, England.

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The inspiration for my work comes from mid-century design and illustration. My style has been described as being retro-modern. The aesthetics are retro and the subject matter is modern. I use old books, postcards and pieces of paper for the backgrounds to my illustrations which often, for example, involves buying an old book from a charity shop just to use its back cover.

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What I particularly like about mid-century design and illustration is the graphic simplicity. To quote the great British graphic designer, Abram Games: “Maximum meaning, minimum means.”

Games is someone I admire for his ideas. Ideas are an important part of my work and, possibly, the most enjoyable part of the process for me. More important than style.

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Paul’s built up an impressive list of commissions working in editorial, advertising, publishing and T-shirt design for clients including The New Yorker, The Guardian, Tate Enterprises, It’s Nice That, The French Tourist Board, Templar Publishing, Orange UK and Warner/Chappell.

Click here to see more of Paul Thurlby’s illustrations and to get information on his prints and books Paul Thurlby’s Alphabet and Paul Thurlby’s Wildlife.

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