Nous Vous: Three Men in a Boat

An exhibition by our Illustrators in Residence.

When, Where

Nous Vous Collective – Jay Cover, William Luz and Nicholas Burrows – have spent six months exploring the nature of collaboration as our Illustrators in Residence. 

Their exhibition features 12 large-scale illustrations of Jerome K. Jerome’s classic novel Three Men in a Boat, collaboratively created using a self-built, three-person drawing machine. 

House of Illustration’s annual residency is the only UK residency for graphic artists and illustrators. It supports artists to create a body of original work that challenges public opinion about what illustration can be. Supported by the Barbara and Philip Denny Charitable Trust.

We used a three person drawing device to illustrate a story that amusingly mirrors our endeavours; that articulates the nature of attempting to do something together, working as a three (To Say Nothing Of The Dog). The book serves as a way of describing certain aspects of collaboration: being silly, having fun, getting frustrated, trying new things and failing. Even though I consider the majority of the drawings very ugly, crude and unrefined, they truly convey in their scale and in their jittery, uncertain line, a collaborative visual conversation.” Jay Cover

We’re trying to make images which could not have existed without all three of us working on them. We’re trying to make something that surprises us, makes us laugh, in a way that we can’t predict or properly control – and that gives a clear indication of the process through the marks.” Nicholas Burrows

The process raises questions, such as who is the illustrator here – the pen, our collective limbs, our combined brain-waves, our bodies? This is practice as research, drawing as discourse.” William Luz