Jonny Hannah’s Darktown Taxi comes to House of Illustration

A real-life illustrated car on display in King's Cross this summer

When, Where

Artist Jonny Hannah was born and bred in Scotland and now lives by the sea in Southampton. However, he also resides in Darktown, a mysterious coastal town not found on any map and peopled by pin-up girls, jazz artists and tattooed sailors.

In this alternative-reality hinterland, Slim Gaillard owns the mighty secondhand emporium McVouty's and you can get a great cup of coffee at the Mermaid Cafe, which also has the best jukebox in town.

The Darktown Turbo Taxi was originally designed to take fares up and down Darktown's Main Street, an artwork created as a response to the lack of individuality on the modern UK high street. The taxi is the first in a fleet of customised hot-rods by Jonny Hannah, sponsored by the Heart Agency in association with Cakes & Ale Press

This summer, it leaves its seaside peninsular and heads to House of Illustration.

Jonny Hannah was born and bred in Dunfermline, Fife.  He studied illustration at Liverpool Art School and the Royal College of Art.  Since graduating in 1996 he has worked as a freelance illustrator.  His many clients include The Daily Telegraph, The New York Times and The St Kilda Courier.  Any spare minute is spent at The Cakes & Ale Press, Jonny's cottage industry, producing fine printed ephemera, from his garden shed in Southampton.  In 2000 Jonny won a BAFTA for his film The Man With The Beautiful Eyes.