“Hobo’s Lullaby” an exhibition of illustrations, sketches, travelogues & gypsy stories by Allen Shaw


He has always been a storyteller but what he has discovered over the years through his sketchbooks is that he has been a nomad, a drifter or to be simply put “a gypsy” with many stories in his books. He was born in Munger, Bihar, then he moved to Delhi for his college (St. Stephen’s College Delhi) education, to study history, he quit college after two years to join NID (National Institute of Design) Ahmedabad, He graduated in Communication Design with specialization in Animation Filmmaking. He is a part-owner of a communication design firm based in Rajkot, Gujarat, India (www.iftheartcafe.com). He currently lives in Berlin, Germany where he has a small studio. He has been teaching as a visiting faculty in various design institutes for the last 13 years. Apart from being a communication designer/teacher he is also an artist/illustrator with a passion for travelling and recording his journeys in his sketchbooks through images and words. The travelogues are essentially pen and watercolour sketches with a few words sprinkled in.

“The exhibition is a collection of sketches and illustrations that are from my travel diaries and sketchbooks. The sketches trace this gypsy life of mine which has many facets/mood swings and stories. I visualize this exhibition as a coming together of my work in form of a large hand stitched quilt, where each artwork/illustration is like a small piece of cloth on a quilt. The works in isolation have their own stories but when they come together they weave my travelogues and my life to give the viewer a larger picture.quilt_mail

The exhibition would be a collection of 30 to 50 sketches/illustration from my travels in Europe with a focus on France and a small section would be dedicated to my illustrations based on songwriters and their songs. The central piece would be an installation, a real quilt with my sketches as the cloth pieces stitched together representing the travelogues of a gypsy. These sketches, I feel are like small scraps of fabrics that I have collected over the years, small extracts of places/people and experiences. In addition to this, the exhibition would have 10 replicas of my sketchbooks from different destinations in Europe” – Allen Shaw

Special Workshop


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Date(s) - 12/04/2014 - 20/04/2014
11:00 am - 8:00 pm

French Gallery at Alliance Française d'Ahmedabad