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Tuesday, 27 September 2011 19:48

Brian Sanders has been a professional artist for five decades during which time he has worked in every area of the illustrative arts ranging through newspapers, magazines, book publishing, government agencies, film, television and art education.  His work has encompassed all formats, from large-scale military paintings to postage stamps, of which he has designed over fifty sets world-wide, from Great Britain, The Isle of Man and the Channel Isles, to the Marshal Isles of the Pacific.  As well as “A History of WW2 in Postage Stamps” he has also designed a series of forty coins for the Marshal Islands titled: “Historic Fighting Ships”, in tandem with a set of thirty-two stamps.

He has exhibited widely, including one-man shows at The Imperial War Museum, York Castle Museum, The Association of Illustrators Gallery, National Trust of Cornwall Trelissic Gallery and The Sir Rowland Hill Gallery.  There are permanent exhibitions of his work at the James Herriot Museum, Yorkshire and The Unicover Postal Museum in Wyoming USA.  His British stamp art can be seen at The British Postal Museum and Archive. A painting of HM the Queen presenting Standards to the Royal Tank Regiment, is in the collection of the RTR Museum.

Working in partnership with the artist and writer, Lizzie Sanders, his wife, they have jointly produced many 3D publications, including “An Edwardian Doll House” and an accurately detailed scale model of Stonehenge. Recently Brian executed the artwork for a large-scale pop-up model for a book about ‘Titanic’, together with other illustrations of the ship.

‘Evacuee, a Wartime Childhood’ is his latest work.


Lizzie Sanders began her professional career as Liz Moyes, working at a design group, Murdoch Design, after which she joined Artist Partners in 1972 as a photographer and archivist. Many important illustrators of the period worked there and within two years she was drawn into the world of illustration and after producing some specimens was taken on by the agency as an illustrator.

Since then she has continued in practice, setting up in partnership with Brian Sanders in 1985. She has worked for advertising, packaging, and publishing; illustrating several children’s books and also working as a paper engineer.  She specializes in step by step illustrations for home furnishings enhanced by her knowledge of sewing.

Her recent clients include Homes and Gardens, Mattel  (portrait of Prince Charles in Scrabble pieces) and Bettys & Taylors; she redesigned the Yorkshire Tea Pack in 2001, having executed the first in the 1980s. Her Yorkshire Tea Special Edition pack commissioned for Asda appeared as posters in the London underground before Christmas 2009. Elements of the current main pack illustration continue to form the basis of current Yorkshire Tea advertising.  As well as serving on the committee of The Association of Illustrators, Lizzie has exhibited with them as well as with The Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour. Additionally Lizzie paints portraits, still life and is embarking on landscape studies. She teaches intermittently. Lizzie has instigated, edited and produced several books and together with Brian launched their new imprint Small Fort. www.smallfort.co.uk initially to publish Brian’s most recent book, ‘Evacuee, a Wartime Childhood’.

Recently her work has encompassed Photoshop projects, a nautical painting for the Daily Express, editing a local quarterly magazine as well as continuing with private commissions.


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