Jonny Hannah returns to his native Darktown for more fun and games.
Darktown is a fictional coastal town that artist Jonny Hannah retreats to when modern life becomes too much - a place inhabited by folk legends, jazz artists, tattooed sailors and local action hero, Rocket Man. It’s a place from time gone by, when high streets bustled with independent traders and retailers, when individualism was king.
"Who will attend the dinner and dance? Rimbaud for sure will be there, reciting profound words, and Walt Whitman too, purveying his pamphlets, no doubt. Music will be supplied by a variety of performers, including Iggy Pop and Blind Lemon Jefferson. Jacques Tati will be filming it all, too. Come along for a dinner and dance like no other. Winchester's very own Ron Purse will be in attendance, with his special shopping trolley, taking requests for songs, food orders, and anything else you'd care to ask for..."
The exhibition will also include a wall of screenprinted cotton napkins, featuring Darktown designs by a number of fantastic artists and illustrators, hand-picked by Jonny.
In 2015–16, Jonny invited visitors to take a stroll down Darktown’s Main Street, the artist’s largest exhibition to date, at Yorkshire Sculpture Park. We cant wait to see City Space transform, with this exciting new exhibition - napkins and dance cards at the ready!
BAFTA award winning artist Jonny Hannah was born and raised in Dunfermline, Scotland. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art, London, in 1998, he has worked both as a successful commercial designer and an illustrator and printmaker, creating screen printed books, posters and prints for his own Cakes & Ale Press. Jonny is currently a senior lecturer in Illustration at Southampton Solent University and is represented by illustration agency, Heart Agency, London and New York. Find out more about his work here.