Show and tell: Airfix illustration at the House of Illustration 

Airfix Kit Art: HMS Cossack

Join Matt Curtis, Art Director of the Sunday Times Magazine next Saturday (5th September), for an informal drop-in show and tell session at London’s House of Illustration examining the breadth of vintage Airfix illustration.

Curtis will share pieces from the incredible archive left by his grandfather, Brian Knight, one of the leading illustrators of Airfix materials, including original paintings, sketches and final artworks.

This is a chance to rediscover these unforgettable signature images as you’ve never seen them before.

At the age of 14, whilst dreaming of becoming an RAF pilot, Brian apprenticed at the Miles Aircraft company as designer/draftsman. In 1950, after the war he set himself up as a freelance technical illustrator. One of his first clients was Revell GB, which soon lead to work with rivals Airfix and Frog (Rovex). Until his death in 2007 Brian worked on a vast and varied range commissions, however this website will be a catalogue of his Box Art.

You can read more about Brian Knight and his work with Airfix in this article from Eye Magazine.

This session is free to attend with paid gallery entry – no need to pre-book, just drop in any time between 2 and 4.00 pm.

More info here on the House of Illustration website

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The founder of downthetubes, John works as a comics editor, writer, as Creative Consultant on the Dan Dare audio adventures for B7 Media, and on promotional work for the Lakes International Comic Art Festival. Working in British comics publishing for over 30 years, his credits include editor of titles such as Doctor Who Magazine, Star Trek Magazine and Babylon 5 Magazine. He also edited the comics anthology STRIP Magazine and edited several audio comics for ROK Comics. He has also edited several comic collections, including volumes of “Charley’s War and “Dan Dare”. He’s the writer of “Crucible”, a creator-owned project with 2000AD artist Smuzz, published on Tapastic; and “Death Duty” and “Skow Dogs” with Dave Hailwood for digital comic 100% Biodegradable.



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