Artwork of the Day – Josh Kirby

Image used with the permission of the Trustees of the Josh Kirby Estate.

Liverpool artwork of the day – Tuesday July 17 2007. ‘Discworld’ by Josh Kirby at Liverpool Walker Art Gallery until September 30 2007

Yesterday we attended the tour of the Josh Kirby exhibition given by Dr Paul O’Keeffe, it was, as always, entertaining and informative.
A very good exhibition too, over 200 works I think, Kirby kept copies of everything, even when he had a large commission for a painting he would paint another copy exactly the same for himself.

This image is of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld. Pratchett said ‘I only invented the Discworld, Josh created it’
You really need to see these works close up to enjoy all the detail, there’s a lot of it.

This exhibition spans Kirby’s artistic career from his early days as a freelance artist to his famous cover illustrations for Terry Pratchett’s Discworld and Eric/Faust fantasy books.

Kirby’s work has adorned the covers of some of the most iconic science fiction and fantasy novels, as well as famous film posters such as Star Wars: Return of the Jedi and Monty Python’s Life of Brian. The exhibition displays his best-known work alongside the less familiar, including his stylish illustrations for Corgi and Panther publishers in the 1950s and 60s. It provides a unique opportunity to view Kirby’s often highly complex paintings un-cropped and in their original format.

Link to The Walker


  1. FREE Josh Kirby & British Film Posters Lecture – tickets available!


    I work for National Museums Liverpool and I just wanted to let you know
    that there is a Josh Kirby British film posters lecture coming up at
    the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool this Monday.

    The event is completely FREE and aims to give an insight into the history of film
    posters and in particular the influence of Josh Kirby.

    You can see more details about this event below and visit the Walker Art Gallery website for directions to the venue and further




    Josh Kirby and the World of British Film Posters

    Sim Branaghan, author of British Film Posters – An
    Illustrated History, discusses the story behind a great lost tradition
    of popular British art – the illustrated film poster. Learn more about
    this exciting subject and the contribution that science fiction and
    fantasy artist Josh Kirby made to the art form.

    Date: 23 July 2007
    Time: 1 – 2pm
    Venue: Walker Art Gallery, Rex Makin lecture theatre
    Suitable: Adults
    Booking: Collect a ticket from the welcome desk or call 0151 478 4178


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