The Book Illustration Competition 2011: The Outsider
‘Getting Inside The Outsider‘ – House of Illustration and The Folio Society’s Inaugural Book Illustration Competition
The competition was launched in October 2010, and asked entrants to produce a series of illustrations for The Folio Society’s new edition of the ‘The Outsider’ by Albert Camus. The winner received £4,000 along with a commission to compete the illustrations for the finished book, while each of the runners-up received £500.
Winner: Matthew Richardson
Runners-Up: Chungwoon Choi, Georgina Hounsome, Anne-Marie Jones, Joseph Melhuish and Alenka Sottler
Click on each thumbnail to see the entries submitted by all the finalists, and find out more about them below:
Matthew Richardson studied at Middlesex University and Central Saint Martin’s. His illustration work has been widely used in book, newspaper, magazines, design, television and advertising. He is currently working on a year-long project to provide promotional imagery for the V&A using items from their vast collection.
Chungwoon Choi is a 28 year-old Korea-born illustrator who won the Gwangalli Eobang Festival poster competition and Mental Health Day UCC Contest in Korea before relocating to the UK. He is studying Illustration and Animation at Kingston University.
Georgina Hounsome is an award-winning illustrator and has exhibited at solo and group exhibitions in the UK and Germany. Her illustration commissions have appeared in a range of publications including The Guardian and Time Out. She is also a lecturer at Falmouth University.
Anne-Marie Jones is a 22 year-old Illustration student at Falmouth University. She is currently working on a children’s book idea and a series of images illustrating the fairytale Rapunzel, in preparation for her degree show.
Joseph Melhuish has just completed his first year studying BA Illustration and Animation at Kingston University. Joseph will be entering more illustration competitions this summer and taking on personal projects to expand his body of work.
Alenka Sottler was born in Slovenia in 1958. She has won several illustration prizes and exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions. In recent years she has mainly illustrated poetry and fairytales and made original graphics/engravings for collections of poetry.
About the Book
Meursault, a young man who works as a clerk in Algiers, is the archetypal existentialist anti-hero. He lives the typical life of a French-Algerian middle-class bachelor – cooking his evening meal for himself in his small flat, sleeping with his girlfriend at the weekends, bathing, going to the pictures. But he has a glaring fault in the eyes of society – he seems to lack the basic emotions and reactions (including hypocrisy) that are required of him. He observes the facts of life, death and sex from the outside. Even when he is involved in a personal tragedy which results in a frightening and unjust trial, he considers his own feelings and the actions of others with a calm and almost ironic detachment.
Albert Camus’s novels are gripping human dramas which dare to confront some of the deepest philosophical issues of his age. The Outsider’s insight into the dilemmas of freedom established Camus among the most ambitious and rewarding of 20th-century European novelists.