AN AWARD-WINNING illustrator will be showcasing her latest work at Becnicks Wonder Emporium in Chester next month.
Rachael Smith, who is known in her hometown of Leicester for creating the Leicester Mercury’s weekly Vicky Park cartoon, is bringing her new exhibition, entitled Wolves, to Chester.
The work symbolises concepts such as ‘strengths, insecurities and dreams’, and will be the first time it has been exhibited outside her home city.
Rachael, 27, who takes her inspiration from comic artists such as Bryan Lee O’Malley and Emi Lenox, said Wolves is ‘darker’ than her usual style of work.
She said: “My work usually has quite a gentle humour to it – the Flimsy kitten cartoons that I do, for example, draw people in because they’re quite funny and quirky
“But with the Wolves pieces, I tried to create something a bit more contemplative, that would make people look inside themselves.”
She added: “I’d like people to go away from this exhibition thinking about their own wolves.”
Rachael’s work has featured in educational publications, national advertising campaigns and in Leicester City Gallery.
She said she is now ‘looking forward’ to showing off her work in a place where not as many people know her.
The Wolves exhibition is open for four weeks from November 10, at Becnicks in Brook Street, and will also contain some older works from the artist. A launch party will kick off the event at 6pm, when there will be musical entertainment.
To find out more or view some of Rachael’s work, visit www.rachaelsmith.org