Brian Sanders: Selected Works from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Mad Men


12 May – 31 July 2017

Lever Gallery, 153 -157 Goswell Road, London, EC1V 7HD

This is the first exhibition dedicated to the work of pioneering British illustrator Brian Sanders.

Moon Pit, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Copyright Brian Sanders

Moon Pit, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Brian Sanders

A veteran of the golden age of magazine illustration and the co-founder of the Association of Illustrators, Sanders’ solo exhibition will include his trailblazing portraits for magazines such as The Sunday Times and Nova Magazine during the 1960s, his unprecedented illustration work on 2001: A Space Odyssey with Stanley Kubrick up to his 2011 work commissioned by Matthew Weiner for series six of AMC’s Mad Men.

Chronicling Sanders’ long and successful career, the exhibition will include previously unseen and unpublished artwork.

Brian Sanders rose to prominence in 1960s London, when magazine illustration was booming. The work was experimental and reflected the excitement of the ‘Swinging Sixties’, mirroring the fashion and music of this defining era. The medium was new, the compositions were off-kilter and the colours were brighter, sharper and more striking.

American illustrators had a huge influence on the style and work of their English counterparts, with the US artists using acrylic paint to create what was referred to as the ‘bubble and streak’ effect, initially developed by US masters such as Bernie Fuchs.


Kubrick setting up shot, 2001: A Space Odyssey. Brian Sanders

In 1965, Sanders was commissioned by Stanley Kubrick to spend months on set with unfettered access during the making of 2001: A Space Odyssey to illustrate the film sets and scenes of Kubrick and his crew in production. Sanders would draw on the set two days per week and work on larger paintings in his studio.

This was a rare occurrence, as Kubrick often worked with a closed set, and was the only person allowed to take photos on set. Much of this work by Sanders remained unpublished for decades.

Sean Connery DB3. Copyright Brian Sanders

Sean Connery DB3. Brian Sanders

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