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V&A Illustration Awards 2017: Published Category - Editorial Illustration

2017 Editorial Illustration Award and Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year


A. Richard Allen - Trump Wave

Illustration for ‘New Opportunities, new dangers: the age of Trump’
Authors: Laura Suter, Olivia Rudgard & James Connington
Published in The Sunday Telegraph Money, 13 November 2016, page 1 by The Telegraph Media Group


A. Richard Allen’s illustration accompanied an article in The Sunday Telegraph on the potentially dramatic impact of Donald Trump’s election victory on global financial markets. It takes its cue from the instantly recognisable composition of Katsushika Hokusai’s famous 19th-century woodblock print Under the Wave off Kanagawa (The Great Wave). Adapted to Donald Trump’s equally familiar hairstyle, A. Richard Allen’s illustration is succinct and eloquent, managing to be humorous without being at all trivial.<

The judging panel was particularly impressed by the use of a well-known art-historical reference as commentary on current affairs and voted ‘Trump Wave’ as the overall winner of the 2017 competition, making A. Richard Allen the recipient of the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year prize.

He is a graduate of Central Saint Martins and in 2016 won the prestigious Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year competition.


Supported by the Enid Linder Foundation and the Moira Gemmill Memorial Fund