Mary Kuper – Biography

Mary Kuper

Mary Kuper

Mary is a London based  illustrator, writer, designer and lecturer

The relationship between text and image is central to her work as an illustrator. Much of my work is to commission, with a particular focus on linguistics. Since receiving the Clarion Press and Fine Press Book Association Illustrated Book Award, 2002for her illustrated Etymological Alphabet,  she has produced work about words with the English Project at the University of Winchester, The National Poetry Library and the Endangered Languages Documentation Project at SOAS.

Mary is an Associate Lecturer on the Illustration BA at Camberwell College of Arts,

Mary has several publications, including two pamphlets  illustrating poems by Andrew Mitchell in the V&A National Art Library Archive as exemplars of poetry and illustration:

Some Projects: and Exhibitions

2018 Language Shift, National Poetry Library commissioned exhibition, poetry in endangered languages

2015-7  The bone house: The body as metaphor. A joint project with the Endangered Languages Documentation Project at SOAS. Funded by the Arts Council

Illustrations for Voices from the Garden, by Andrew Mitchell

2015 Animal Types, an alphabet of typographic experiments, Big Tomato Company

2014 Illustrations for the The Burial of Lord Byron byAndrewMitchell, acquired by V &A Illustrated book collection

2013 Words and Pictures, Barbican Library

2012Word Origins, Free Word Centre, Farringdon

Barnacles and Dames, celebrating 100 years of the Poetry Library collection, Southbank, London

2011 Drawing Words, Discovery Centre, Winchester

Publication of Etymologies: Plants and Animals, V &A Illustrated book collection

Cass Art Prize at The Affordable Art Fair, Hampstead

2009-10 Leverhulme Artist in Residence Award, for work with The English Project, University of Winchester

(shortlisted) Jerwood Drawing Prize

Illustrations for Voyage of the Beagle byAndrewMitchell, City of Bradford Darwin festival and symposium, V &A Illustrated book collection, and Bradford City Museum

2008 Drawing the Neighbourhood 1: Under the Westway,funded by Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea

2006 Illustrations for Between the Woods and the Water, Patrick Leigh Fermor, Folio Society

2005 Drawing the Neighbourhood2: North Kensingtonbetween Portobello and Golborne Rd, funded by the Arts Council

2004 Illustrations for High Wind in Jamaica, Richard Hughes, Folio Society

2002 An Etymological Alphabet, The Clarion Press and Fine Press Book Association Illustrated Book Award

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