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I’ve An Uncle Ivan Launch and Exhibition

Ben Sanders began his illustrating career when he was just a kid, now he's made a book for the kids.
By Hilary Simmons
April 01, 2013
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By Hilary Simmons
April 01, 2013
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I’ve an Uncle Ivan is a free-wheeling rhyme children's book written and illustrated by the prodigious Ben Sanders. Described by Sanders as "Seuss meets Sasek", it's kind of like Shag decided to drive an ice cream van to a Cuban Jazz festival in the 1950s. Lamington Drive gallery, run by creative stable The Jacky Winter Group, is proudly hosting the book launch, accompanied by an exhibition of work by Sanders including new prints from the book on Saturday 6th April.

The playful, nostalgic illustrations in I've An Uncle Ivan are reminiscent of an age of innocence in Sanders own life, when he first discovered the joys of  his craft — he was just twelve when he completed his first paid job. Don't regret your own childhood spent eating dirt and shoving clag up your nose, it's never too late to discover your inner child and lamingtons are not a bad place to start. As well as sweetie treaties, expect looped-in conversations between illustrators, cartoonists, photographers and designers. Watch this and this to get you in the mood.

Image credit Ben Sanders.

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