Images inspired by the first and last lines of novels by the students and staff of Middlesex University’s Illustration degree course
Mon 8 Feb – Sat 12 Mar 2016
Beginnings and Endings, 8 Feb – 12 Mar 2016, presents images by the students and staff of Middlesex University’s Illustration degree course inspired by the first and last lines of novels. Each image aims to entice and engage the viewer in the same way that an author endeavours to tempt a reader beyond the first page, or, with a concluding line, to resolve a set of circumstances or suggest future possibilities within a novel.
Supporting this project are the award-winning author Carol Birch, whose Jamrach’s Menagerie (Canongate) was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2011, and John King, publisher at London Books and author of The Football Factory (Vintage).
Works are for sale at very affordable prices (original prints £70 framed/£60 unframed; digital prints £50 framed/£40 unframed). Sales proceeds help to finance the students’ final degree show.
Exhibition images, above left to right: ‘”It was not till they had examined the rings that they recognized who it was” — Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray‘ by Charlie Johnston; ‘”A screaming comes across the sky” — Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbow by Nicole Cowan; ‘”It was a queer, sultry summer, the summer they electrocuted the Rosenbergs, and I didn’t know what I was doing in New York” — Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar‘ by Summer Du Plessis