On Thursday evening, Ardy and I walked to the Walker Art Gallery at the Liverpool City Centre for the unveiling of “Out of this World: The Art of Josh Kirby.” It’s a retrospective art exhibit showcasing the variety and intensity of his talent as an artist and illustrator. Andy Sawyer got me on the guest list, and his work through the university helped out with the exhibition. A.P. and his girlfriend were there too, and A.P. lent us his expertise in looking at Kirby’s work.
Some of my favorites of his work include the 1979 originals and reworkings he did approximately 20 years later of his The Voyage of the Ayeguy story. I was surprised that he did the covers of books that I’ve read such as K.W. Jeter’s Morlock Night. Also, he did memorable movie posters of Monty Python’s Life of Brian and Return of the Jedi.
Kirby is probably most widely know for his cover illustrations of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld series.
If you find yourself in Liverpool, I highly recommend this free exhibit. It’s runs through 30 September 2007 at the Walker Art Gallery. If you can’t make it, read more about Kirby’s life and work on the gallery’s website here.