Denizens of Discworld
30 Years of Paul Kidby’s Discworld Illustrations
14 January – 18 February 2023
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery
This unique exhibition draws together a stunning selection of Paul Kidby’s paintings and drawings of Discworld characters. Paul was working as a freelance illustrator when he presented Terry Pratchett with an envelope of his drawings at a book signing in Bath. Paul started working with Terry in 1993, becoming the ‘artist of choice’ for the Discworld books. He designed the Discworld book jackets from 2002 until the final volume appeared in 2015, shortly after Sir Terry’s untimely death. Paul has illustrated many related publications including The Art of Discworld, The Last Hero and The Ultimate Discworld Companion.
The exhibition contains a completely new selection of works, none of them seen in the last exhibition St Barbe organised with Paul in 2012, which subsequently toured across the UK and Ireland. Most have never been publicly exhibited before, so this is a unique chance for Discworld fans to see these incredible artworks firsthand. On display will be colourful paintings, exquisite pencil drawings and a bronze bust of Sir Terry sculpted by Paul. St Barbe will host a rogue’s gallery of favourite characters including Rincewind, Twoflower, the Librarian, Tiffany Aching, the Wee Free Men, Nanny Ogg, Conina, Baron Saturday and Errol. There will also be Discworld parodies of well-known artworks from our world.
Official opening and signing event on Saturday 14th January, 2023, 10am – 12 noon.
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