Errol Lloyd in Colour

Sun Oct 15 2023 at 04:00 pm to 05:30 pm

Kensal Rise Library | London

Kensal Rise Community Library
Publisher/HostKensal Rise Community Library
Errol Lloyd in Colour
A very special afternoon with pioneering Jamaican artist & writer, Errol Lloyd. Exhibition, talk, readings, refreshments. Adults & children.
About this Event
Private Show/Exhibition Opening
Surrounded by a vibrant exhibition of his work, Errol Lloyd will talk about his ground-breaking art and writing. There will be readings from his children's books, audience questions and refreshments. For all ages!

About The Artist

Jamaican-born artist, illustrator, author and playwright, Errol Lloyd, came to London in 1963 where he studied Law, but made his life in art and writing.

His commissioned work includes busts of Sir Alexander Bustamante the past Prime Minister of Jamaica, poet Linton Kwesi Johnson, the cricketer Gary Sobers, the writer and historian C.L.R. James, the politician Lord Pitt and the writer and publisher John La Rose. Errol's paintings have been widely exhibited. He remains the only black writer and illustrator to have been runner-up for both the presitigious Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medals.

Errol has written over 20 children’s books and was Highly Commended for the Kate Greenway Medal (1973) for his illustrations of My Brother Sean by Petronella Breinburg, the first British children’s book featuring a Black main character. His Young Adults' novel, Many Rivers to Cross (1995), was nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

A central figure of the Caribbean Artists Movement (CAM), 1966 -1972, he went on to produce many book cover designs and posters for the newly established London Black-owned publishing companies, New Beacon Books and Bogle L’Ouverture Publications and Allison & Busby. For 4 years he ran the Minorities’ Arts Advisory Service (MAAS) and served as Art Editor of their inter-cultural magazine, Artrage.

Errol's portrait hangs in the National Portrait Gallery.

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In Black History Month 2023, we are delighted to be celebrating Errol's 80th year, 60 years since he came to live in London and 50 years since he was runner-up for the prestigious Kate Greenaway Medal.

Thanks to the Paul Stolper Gallery for curating and generously supporting this event and exhibition.

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Title image: The Domino Players, oil on canvas(1986) - set in The Bucaneer pub (now called The Island)

Photographic Portrait: Errol Lloyd

Image: The Lesson, oil on canvas (1972) reproduced for book cover

Image: Bust of Linton Kwesi Johnson (2006)

Sorry, no refunds.

All proceeeds in aid of Kensal Rise Community Library.

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Event Venue & Nearby Stays

Kensal Rise Library, Bathurst Gardens, London, United Kingdom


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