“M is for Men” is an exhibition of selected illustrations compiled from James Graham’s work for the esteemed gentlemen’s magazine Esquire.
Over the past year, James has felt privileged to become a regular contributor to Esquire. The work he admires most has come from past art directors and designers of the magazine such as George Lois, Paul Rand and Jean-Paul Goude.
The illustrations on display which originally featured in the magazine, were spotted across the pages to demonstrate the magazines’ section on the life of a modern gentleman. Themes ranged from the practical to the more adventurous: starting up your own bank, surviving in the wild, writing a will, what not to do on a date, and handy hints on fitness. James developed a pictogram style for non-frills simplicity to interpret these stories visually and create a sense of continuity throughout the series. For his second solo show in London at House of Propellers, James has selected his favourite pieces, producing a set of limited edition screen prints.
James Graham is an illustrator/designer working from east London. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2005, he has worked across advertising, design, editorial, publishing and the arts. Recent projects have included working on drawings for a book on the history of Philosophy, graphics for a Swedish educational channel and an activity pack for an exhibition of houses made by children collaborating with architects. Clients include The Welcome Trust, New York Times, Selfridges, Arnolfini and United Airlines.