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The Art of Josh Kirby

16 August 2006 by Dawn

Those trekking to Hinkley for this weekend’s Discworld Convention will be interested in plans for a major retrospective of Josh Kirby’s artwork at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, next year.

Josh Kirby studied at Liverpool Art School in the 1940s and is best known for designing the book covers for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series. The exhibition, planned for Summer 2007, will include around 150 works spanning his career. It will include original works, studies, sketches, magazines, film posters and book covers. I’m told it will encompass all sorts of weird worlds, marvellous maidens and fantastical, magical creatures – but it won’t be restricted to just Discworld material, so watch this space. 

Kirby also designed the film poster for Return of the Jedi and one for Monty Python’s Life of Brian (possibly inspired by Bruegel’s Tower of Babel). Coincidentally, while looking for Kirby links on the Python’s Daily Llama I stumbled upon the Silly Walks Generator. Not strictly connected of course – but far too silly to keep to myself. 

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