-How could you define, in your own words, Blue Book Group? Is it an association of illustrators or could it be defined as media to promote illustration among a traditional artistic world?

BBG is an independent  group from any private society who presents the work of illustrators from different countries of the world. Hassan Amekan and his brother Ali Amekan (Iranian illustrators) are the organizators and creators of this project.
After the great success of the 2008 edition, Blue Book Group follows his way in 2009-2010 exhibiting in Teheran, Iran and Tokyo, Japan. This last edition presents 96 illustrators of the whole world.

-What are the common standards to enter the Blue Book Group? Is there someone choosing the authors to represent the Blue Book Group? Do people apply to enter the exhibitions?

Hassan and Ali choose the illustrators. The authors are chosen for their dynamic and their full-time job in this area.

-Do you think that artists need to gather in groups to promote their art in the present times?

That is a good way to use the group to promote his work. It is interesting to work and to grow up with other people. It allows to do collective project and to learn with other professionals. But it is also possible to promote his work individually which most illustrators do.

-What are the main differences in the core with the website groups that tend to be a window to this kind of art?

Blue Book Group is not a group who promotes directly the illustrators or an illustration agency. The aim of this group is to show different kind of illustrations of the world to the public. That is very interesting to a cultural level.

By the way of this project, different illustrators created collective project.  For example the children’s book titled Chapo Tuyo writed by Bellagamba and illustrated by Hassan Amekan, Grandir publisher, France, 2009.

-What kind of net of contacts do you use to present your exhibitions all around the world?

Amekan’s brothers used internet to discover and to contact illustrators from all over the world and to built the group. But when the BBG organize exhibitions in a town, we directly talk with the town. At an individual level, we usually use internet to work and promote our work to publishers or galleries.

-What are the projects that are on Blue Book Group’s mind? More exhibitions? Publications?

After the Japanese exhibition in Tokyo on May 2010, the project waits for the next event.

To be continued…

See a selection of the artworks at

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María del Castillo



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