James Albon is a British author and illustrator. His narrative-led, figurative work is inspired by humour, drama, literary history and contemporary life, and he works with watercolour, gouache and linocut printing.
He studied illustration at Edinburgh College of Art, and went on to a postgraduate scholarship at the Royal Drawing School in London.
He was awarded the Gwen May Award from the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers in 2012, and has been a Laureate of the Rene Carcan Biennale in 2014 and 2020. His clients include the Folio Society, the Wall Street Journal, the Guardian, Libération, Penguin Random House and WIRED.
His work has been widely exhibited in London, Paris, New York and Brussels, at venues including The Royal Academy, The Victoria & Albert Museum, The Museum of American Illustration, The Musée Belvue, and Christie’s.
He currently lives in Edinburgh, Scotland.
A series of four hand-printed linocut illustrations to accompany an article for London’s Wellcome Collection, “What do we mean when we talk about Emptiness?”. Throughout history, artists, poets and musicians have described feelings of Emptiness in the self, but in the medical realm, doctors often ignore the specifics of patients’ descriptions of Emptiness, misattributing it as a vague symptom of depression. New research by psychologist Dr. Shona Herron and Prof. Fabio Sani explore Emptiness as a specific symptom of Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder and Borderline Personality Disorder, finding a huge number of patients who experience consistent, chronic feelings of Emptiness. Translating these concepts into illustration and finding resonant visual metaphors to deal with such a sensitive psychological symptom is a fascinating challenge as an illustrator.
You can see the illustrations as used for the article here: https://lnkd.in/eTEnbvba
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