Grange Park Opera illustration

Grange Park Opera illustration 2019 season ink drawing showing opera house in the woods surrounded by wild animals- Shadric Toop
Grange Park Opera illustration 2019 season hero image - Shadric Toop
Stack of 2019 Programmes showing Illustration - Grange Park Opera - Shadric Toop
2019 season programme cover - Shadric Toop
Mug Illustration - Grange Park Opera 2019 - Shadric Toop
Mug for Grange Park Opera's 2019 season - Shadric Toop
Grange Park Opera illustration 2019 season Working Drawing - Shadric Toop
Working Drawing for the 2019 illustration - Shadric Toop
Grange Park Opera - Deer Illustration projection 2019
Photograph from Grange Park Opera website - features projection of stag illustration by Shadric Toop
Grange Park Opera illustration 2021 season hero image- Shadric Toop
Grange Park Opera illustration 2021 season hero image - Shadric Toop

Grange Park Opera Illustration – 2019 Season

Programme Cover Illustration detail showing an ink drawing of a forest with animals and an opera house in the distance with beautiful colours representing music emanating from the building- Grange Park Opera 2019 - Shadric Toop

2019 season illustration detail – Grange Park Opera

Wasfi Kani, CEO of Grange Park Opera commissioned this illustration for their 2019 summer festival performance season. It appeared on the cover of the 2019 programme and was used on various products on sale in their shop.

Shadric Toop comments on the project:

My brief was to visually represent their 2019 season on the theme of ‘Opera in the Woods’. 

I responded to Grange Park’s beautiful wooded surroundings initially through a series of ink drawings. This included a variety of wild animals that are known to live in the area. A stag takes centre stage in the design. The stag became the emblem for the season. It was used in other ways such as for a projection on the opera house building.

In the final image, the opera house sits deep in the woods. Music emanates from the building, which is depicted as colour seeping into the surrounding leaves and trees.

2021 Season

Grange Park Opera illustration 2021 season detail - Shadric Toop

2021 season illustration detail – Grange Park Opera

Following the success of the 2019 illustration, Grange Park commissioned Toop Studio to produce a new image for the 2020 season. Due to the pandemic, this season was eventually postponed to 2021.

Shadric Toop comments on the project:

For the new season’s illustration, I was to stay within the overall concept of ‘Opera in the Woods’. The image had to be stylistically related to the previous one, but beyond that, the brief was open. 

My idea was to move inside the opera house. I wanted to continue to run with the otherworldly feeling of the previous image. In this new artwork, it is as if the building has grown out of the trees.

I introduced some birds. These birds act as a multifaceted analogy: Firstly, the birds represent the audience. They have flocked together to watch a performance not shown. Secondly, the birds gave me a way to represent social distancing. This was an unavoidable feature of this season due to the pandemic.

Lastly, the birds are symbols of the beauty of the music. In the previous illustration, I used coloured ‘leaves’ to do this. Beautiful birds soar upwards and circle around the tree-lined auditorium.

The illustrations from each season were printed on various products on sale in the Grange Park online shop.

Grange Park 2021 - Bag illustration - birds and trees - Shadric Toop

Illustration for bag – Grange Park Opera – 2021 Season – Shadric Toop

Client Testimonial

There are three things that are remarkable about Shadric. (i) He is an exceptional artist (ii) He conducts himself without vanity (iii) He deeply considers your goals and is only happy once you are happy.
We are on the planet for just a few hours, so we want to work with people who are both pleasant and brilliant: Shadric.

Wasfi Kani CBE
Founder/CEO, Grange Park Opera

About Grange Park Opera

Grange Park Opera is based in West Horsley Place in Surrey, England. It was founded in 1998 by Wasfi Kani CBE. The opera company has staged more than 75 operas to date. It is one of the major summer opera festivals in Europe.

Other Related Projects

In 2017, Shadric Toop was commissioned to produce a series of illustrations for Glyndebourne’s 2018 season. This was the first time Glyndebourne had hired an illustrator to produce hero images for their marketing campaign. Previously they had used production photography.

The images received positive feedback. Glyndebourne went on to commission a set of illustrations for their 2019 season and their 2020 season. The 2020 season ended up being cancelled due to the pandemic.

Related Work

 

Toop Studio Glyndebourne Festival 2018 thumbnail
Toop Studio - Glyndebourne Festival 2019 thumbnail