Capturing the creative capacity of both the English author and likeness from the illustrator; showing a brimful of characters such as the blue 'Wee Free Men' and 'The Grim Squeaker'.
Paul Kidby began illustrating exclusively for various Pratchett paraphernalia back in 1995 including The Art of Discworld and a recent Discworld colouring book. Paul Kidby became Terry Pratchett's artist of choice to continue on from his original illustrator, Josh Kirby, who died in 2001. This exhibition is an opportunity to see Kidby's original illustrations in the flesh. For more on his artwork take a look at his website paulkidby.com
The Salisbury Museum: HisWorld exhibition also features some of Sir Terry’s own drawings, possessions and over forty original Discworld illustrations by Paul Kidby. Discworld is a complete fantasy; for those who don't know it's depicted as a flat disc supported on the back of four elephants, standing on the shell of a giant turtle called Great A’Tuin (Below). The array of characters within this world are as endearingly popular such as Nanny Ogg, Granny Weatherwax and Death, with several stories adapted for TV like Going Postal. Okay so I hold my hand up, out of the 70 books written and 70 million sales I've only ever read a couple of pages of The colour of Magic, no excuses really as I live with a long - time reader and a bookshelf of Discworld novels.
Great A’Tuin, oil on board. © Copyright Paul Kidby 2016.
Exhibition is open from September 16th 2017 – January 13th 2018.
Tickets can be purchased here for access to the museum and all exhibitions.
Sir Terry still made recent news following unusual instructions left in his will, after his death in March 2015. A hard drive containing up to 10 of his unfinished works were crushed by a steamroller, at the Great Dorset Steam Fair. Pratchett did not want his unpublished novels to be completed by someone else and then released. Honestly I like his style! If this saddens or intrigues you then head to the exhibition for a greater insight into his lifes work.
Cover image: Discworld Massif A group portrait of over 70 favourite characters from Discworld. Acrylic on canvas, © copyright Paul Kidby 2014.
With thanks to Louise Tunnard and The Salisbury Museum.
All images used with permissions © copyright Paul Kidby.
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