The Cabinet of Nicolas Burrows

The Cabinet is a regular feature where our artists share stories, ideas, and favourite things. This edition features Nicolas Burrows, an artist, illustrator, and musician based in London whose picture book The Elephant Hotel is available now through The All Story.


Nicolas Burrows

Nicolas Burrows is an illustrator and artist working primarily with collage, creating abstract and figurative compositions influenced by outsider art and modernist design. His dynamic, playful compositions have been applied to animation, editorial illustration, textiles, packaging design and record covers. He has made work for The New York Times, Domino Records, Airbnb, Vevo, Modus and The Idler. Nicolas is one third of the Nous Vous collective which has established a bold graphic language across a range of interesting projects.


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The Cabinet of Theo Ellsworth

The Cabinet is a regular feature where our artists share stories, ideas, and favourite things. This edition features Theo Ellsworth, an artist based in Missoula, Montana who recently exhibited in our opening group show Southerns.


Theo Ellsworth

Theo Ellsworth developed his art while wandering the United States in a motor powered vehicle. He is uncommonly fond of clouds, monsters, trees, and impossible objects. He is prone to fits of whimsy, and his mind is filled with preposterous notions, yet he still manages to come across as semi-normal. He spends as much time as possible making art, comics, and imaginary phenomenon.

Theo’s new show Comfort Creature Feature has just opened at Giant Robot, and we currently have one limited edition print entitled The Werewolf Relaxes and one limited edition, hand-made book entitled Unexplained available in our store.


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The Cabinet of Anya Davidson

The Cabinet is a regular feature where our artists share stories, ideas, and favourite things. This edition features cartoonist Anya Davidson, who recently exhibited in our group show Southerns. Anya is currently working on a new comic, due out later this year through Breakdown Press. She is just visiting this planet to draw comics and shred.


Anya Davidson by Liina Raud 

Anya Davidson is a wild animal. She draws comics in the attic of a derelict building full of raccoons on Chicago’s South Side. Her graphic novels are School Spirits (2013), Band for Life (2016), and Lovers in the Garden (2016).


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The Cabinet of John Broadley

The Cabinet is a regular feature where our artists share stories, ideas, and favourite things. This edition features illustrator John Broadley who has an exquisite, original drawing based on Picnic at Hanging Rock available through The All Story as part of our recent group show Southerns.


John Broadley

John Broadley is an illustrator and artist based in England. His beautiful, funny, often enigmatic work has graced the covers of books, magazines, menus, wine bottles, ceramics, and restaurant walls. John is also a prolific self publisher. His long-running series Wild for Adventure is now available in a palm-sized omnibus and Everything’ll Be Alright, a collection of drawings based on television plays of the ’60s & ’70s is now available a limited, hand-made and signed edition. A comprehensive collection of self-published works—spanning back to 1996—is also available under the title John Broadley’s Books.


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The Cabinet of Monika Forsberg

The Cabinet is a regular feature where our artists share stories, ideas, and some of their favourite things. This edition features Monika Forsberg who is one of the exhibiting artists in our group show Southerns.


Monika Forsberg

Monika Forsberg is a Swedish illustrator now based in North London. For our recent group show Southerns, Monika made a prismatic, wood-cut painting that features one of the Koala Brothers from Australian-British stop-motion animated children’s television show of the same name. One Half of Two is available now.


Tell us about a book that had a transformative impact on you.

Baby Island by Carol Ryrie Brink was the first proper book I read by myself. I think it took a couple of months to get through it, but it was the book that showed me the joy, escape, and adventure of written words and I’ve been hooked ever since

When was the first time you encountered a work of art that truly moved you?

I think I’m still waiting! To be honest, I’m not really into visual art. I just like making it. No, that’s not true. My mum had some old books of fairy tales that I used to read now and then. The beautiful colour illustrations are still etched in my brain, especially the mermaids. And a bedquilt we had in our home as a child. That moved me (and put me to sleep).

Where do you go now to discover new work?

Pinterest! Seriously, me and my boyfriend (artist Matthew Small) are the worst art connoisseurs. When we do decide to go art exhibitions we go totally ADHD. It’s too much. Too structured. To untouchable.

What is one great, yet completely overlooked work of art?

I think a lot of craft and design gets overlooked because it has a functional or commercial purpose. It is art too.

What’s one piece of pure entertainment that you are enjoying at the moment?

FOOTBALL! My eldest son (Dante) and I go see as many Chelsea FC matches as we can.

In a world where everything is available at our fingertips, what makes something special?

Heart and soul and kindness

If you could live in a fictional world, which one would it be, and why?

Walkyland! I created my website as a sort of visual utopia according to Monika. It’s still a world in progress.

Share an amazing true story that everyone should know.

Is anything true?


Monika Forsberg at The All Story
Monika Forsberg in Walkyland


The Cabinet of Sean Edward Whelan

The Cabinet is a regular feature where our artists share stories, ideas, and some of their favourite things. This edition features Sean Edward Whelan from Tasmania who is one of the exhibiting artists in our group show Southerns.


Sean Edward Whelan

Sean Edward Whelan was born in Melbourne, and currently lives & works in Hobart, Tasmania. He has exhibited work in Australia, the U.S, the U.K, & Japan.


Tell us about a book that had a transformative impact on you.

The Encyclopaedia of Things that Never Were by Michael Fitzgerald Page was a favourite when I was pretty young. It introduced me to fantasy, folklore and myth from cultures all around the world, and it was also beautifully illustrated by Robert Ingpen. I spent a lot of time reading that book and studying the artwork.

When was the first time you encountered a work of art that truly moved you?

Mum and dad had a print of Guernica on the wall in our family home which I always used to stare at. Especially the dismembered head and hand with a broken sword. Such a violent picture to have on the — but I think the geometry and the fact there was some kind of narrative fascinated me. Of course I learned more about the painting later, but at the time it was more interesting than the prints of man with scythe cutting wheat and stately types walking dogs on the beach.

Where do you go to discover new work?

I don’t have a magical, secret, or even interesting way of finding art. I think I use Instagram like everyone else. But whenever I visit a new city I always visit the local art museum. Recently I flew to Perth for the first time, and a friend lent me a book to read on the way. The first chapter talked about Freud and coincidentally there was a painting of his hanging in the Art Gallery of WA. Freud isn’t new, but knowing a bit about his history from the book and how he came to develop his own signature style, then seeing his work in person was pretty neat.

What is one great, yet completely overlooked work of art?

I don’t think ’70s sci-fi book covers get the appreciation they deserve.

What’s one piece of pure entertainment that you are enjoying at the moment?

When I’m working I usually have City Pop mixtapes on YouTube playing in the background. Music from Japan’s bubble period is actually pretty good. I don’t catch myself humming along to it, but there are some great tunes.

In a world where everything is available at our fingertips, what makes something special?

I like paintings, drawings, objects, one off trinkets, and sculptures made by hand. Especially if they have imperfections. They still have that human touch. Sometimes the mistakes are unintentional, sometimes they are deliberate, but if it’s an original and it’s a bit ‘wrong’ — that’s what makes it interesting and special for me.

If you could live in a fictional world, which one would it be, and why?

I think I’m building it, one painting at a time.

Share an amazing true story that everyone should know.

I was the host of a cable TV children’s television program in Japan once. Don’t worry, you won’t find it on YouTube. Which is probably good for everyone.


Sean Edward Whelan at The All Story
Sean Edward Whelan at Home


The Cabinet of Mandy Ord

The Cabinet is a regular feature where our artists share stories, ideas, and some of their favourite things. This edition features Mandy Ord from Melbourne, an exhibiting artist in our group show Southerns who has a number of titles in our store.


Mandy Ord

Mandy Ord is a comics artist, an illustrator, a printmaker, a speaker and teacher of comics, a greengrocer, and a disability support worker, with a long history of self- publishing. Chalk Boy, her children’s book with Margaret Wild was recently shortlisted for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year. Her most recent publication, When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over is available now.


Tell us about a book that had a transformative impact on you.

Stitches by David Small. A graphic novel about illness, growing up in a dysfunctional home environment and a search for meaning and belonging. I still feel so moved every time I read this book. I love the subtle yet intense dynamic between characters, the beautiful inky artwork that is so atmospheric and the spaces given for pause and silence. David shows with his work an unflinching gaze and honest reflection that somehow manages to stay empathetic and loving towards the complex and difficult relationships in his life. I feel grateful for his story and inspired by the feeling of intimacy and truth that radiates off his pages. Stories like his make me excited about comics and books. It makes me want to give something more of myself when I write.

When was the first time you encountered a work of art that truly moved you?

I felt really excited when I discovered Keith Haring drawings (well photographs of the drawings) that he had drawn very quickly in the subways of New York. I remember thinking ‘wow, so many people would have seen those in their everyday commute’. For me, it was exciting because the art was made available to everyone who happened to be passing by and it’s impact was instantaneous. I thought that was a powerful way to connect with people. And I like how he was non-precious about it. The work would be removed and that was that. I think that’s why I like comics and making books and mini-comics. The work is so accessible and affordable to most people. Close the page and it doesn’t exist anymore. His work also showed that graphic images and comics could look amazing blown up big and installed in public spaces. It would be good to have more comics in public spaces.

Where do you go now to discover new work?

For comics, I am a fan of The Best American Comics series. I discover a lot of work by cartoonists I haven’t seen before. Also Kramers Ergot. I follow a few comic related sites on Instagram and see the latest work coming out mostly connected to Drawn & Quarterly and Fantagraphics. I spend a lot of time re-reading the comics and graphic novels I already have. I never get sick of them. In fact I love how familiar they get the more I read them. I’m really into The Arab of The Future series by Riad Sattouf and am hanging for the fourth instalment.

What is one great, yet completely overlooked work of art?

I have a drawing by my partner Johdi of a WWII soldiers head that is so good and so extraordinary that I begged her to give it to me. I feel quite greedy now as not many people will see it as it’s up in my studio. It’s drawn in colourful charcoal and it’s a strong intense image that affects me profoundly every time I look at it.

What’s one piece of pure entertainment that you are enjoying at the moment?

Brooklyn Nine Nine. It’s great. It gives me permission to be a silly goof ball and to not feel shame about it. Cool cool cool cool cool cool cool. Also I just cottoned on to Killing Eve. Quite magnetic viewing.

In a world where everything is available at our fingertips, what makes something special?

Growing your own food, even though I am really bad at it. Well, I just haven’t invested enough time in teaching myself how to do it properly, yet! But I have grown some things and now have an understanding of how long it takes. A zucchini is a bloody miracle when you have grown it yourself. I work part-time in an organic grocers and I am amazed when people complain about prices of produce when what is so easy for them to pick up off the shelf was carefully grown over quite a period of time. I’m so thankful for that. No one should complain, they should grow it themselves. I often point them gentle in the direction of the seed rack.

If you could live in a fictional world, which one would it be, and why?

When I was younger I used to have this romanticised notion of being part of the Fox family in the movie version of The Mosquito Coast (originally a novel by Paul Theroux). I lived in the jungles of South America with my idealistic and eccentric father making ice and playing in the jungle with my friends and siblings. Needless to say I watched the movie so much it was absorbed into my own personal narrative. I think some stories and movies are like that.

Share an amazing true story that everyone should know.

There’s a bag of shit on the moon. Apparently the Apollo astronauts left it there. It brings up many thoughts and strong emotions for me. What will other advanced life forms find first, the golden record or a pile of shit? What will that say about us as a species? Most probably ‘Shit on the Moon’ will be the title of my next mini-comic.


Mandy Ord at The All Story
Mand Ord at Home