The first book devoted to the art of Jonny Hannah whose work has graced the pages of Vogue, The New York Times,The Boston Globe, Amnesty International and Atlantic Records. It presents some 300 of Hannah’s prints and paintings including brand-new work created for this volume. An intriguing, irreverent miscellany, it covers many of his favourite themes, including jazz, folk, the sea, space and shops.
The illustrator Jonny Hannah was born and bred in Scotland and now lives by the sea in Southampton. He also resides in Darktown - a mysterious coastal town not found on any map, peopled by pin-up girls, jazz artists and tattooed sailors. Darktown is home to the Unquiet Grave junk emporium, the Mermaid Cafe, where folk legend Woody Guthrie still plays each week, McVouty's vintage clothes shop and a pier with a condemned helter skelter. Joining Hannah on his trip to downtown Darktown are the writers Philip Hoare and Peter Chrisp who explore the eclectic influences on Hannah's work and Sheena Calvert, who introduces a special typographic catalogue of hand-drawn lettering. As he tours Darktown, Hannah presents his prints and paintings in thematic chapters reflecting his passions, and bids farewell to his alter ego, Rocket Man, who inhabits the darkest corners of pop culture.
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