Artist giving it some welly

Olivia Lomenech Gill who created the art work for  Michael Morpurgo's concert performance, War Horse: Only Remembered, with one of her pieces which is currently on display at Paxton House
Olivia Lomenech Gill who created the art work for Michael Morpurgo's concert performance, War Horse: Only Remembered, with one of her pieces which is currently on display at Paxton House

A new exhibition of work by the artist who created the illustrations for the War Horse: Only Remembered concert is currently on display at the Hayloft at Paxton House.

Etchings, paintings, sketches and bronzes created by artist and printmaker Olivia Lomenech Gill in her Wooler studio in Northumberland make up the From Wellies to War Horse exhibition, on until October 31.

Olivia’s first major commission was to provide illustrations for the children’s book Where My Wellies Take Me by Michael and Clare Morpurgo.

The book was designed and illustrated to look like a scrapbook and has been shortlisted for the Kate Greenaway Medal and nominated for the Bratislava International Biennale of Illustration, as well as winning the English Association Picture Book Fiction Award in 2013.

Morpurgo also commissioned Olivia to create an artwork for his concert performance War Horse: Only Remembered, and she worked on site with the King’s Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery to create the illustrations that have since become iconic images.

More recently, Olivia has worked on commissions for Faber, Picador and Birlinn.

She is currently working on a project for Bloomsbury Publishing.

As the name suggests, Olivia’s exhibition at Paxton House combines her illustrations and sketches for both the award-winning children’s book and War Horse and includes an original hand-painted book for the Morpurgos.