We are pleased to announce that our next Festival in the Shire event will take place in Aberdeen, Scotland, from September 12-15th, 2013. It is being organised by Mark Faith’s Festival Art and Books in association with the Artist Gallery and held at their premises in Holburn Street, Aberdeen.
The event will include an exhibition of fantasy art including album covers and Tolkien inspired art. Also on show will be a selection of rare Tolkien first edition books and collectable posters. World renowned artist Rodney Matthews, who has taken his talents to the world of fantasy art with great success, and a man who in the past has created album covers for rock bands such as Thin Lizzy, Asia and Magnum will be there to give a talk, present his work and sign your prints. Other artists include Ruth Lacon, Joe Gilronan, Ted Nasmith and Roger Dean and many more. There will also be a collection of vintage Tolkien posters.
Mark Faith, founder of Festival Art and Books and Festival in the Shire, is not only Rodney Matthews’ agent and a prolific collector of rare Tolkien first edition books and posters, he is also a Tolkien expert who has recently showcased his knowledge of the subject on a number of television programs including Channel 4’s auction show Four Rooms. The event is to coincide with the airing of a new UK History channel series entitled Pawn Stars UK. Pawn Stars is one of the History Channel’s flagship shows. The original US show was the second most viewed show in North America. Rodney Matthews and Mark Faith will be in an episode screening on the September 9th at 9pm. There will be another chance to see Mark Faith on screen when he appears on a second episode in which he will showcase his rare complete set of the first ten Hobbit impressions on Monday, September 23rd. All of the books are in exceptional condition and took over four years to bring together making a truly unique collection.
About Mark Faith
Mark started in the rare book dealing business as Mark Faith Books (MFB) in January 2003, mostly as a hobby. As time went on MFB became more and more specialized and began primarily dealing in Tolkien books and memorabilia. Despite this Mark very quickly began dealing in millions of pounds worth of rare items. He was dealing with the most valuable and rarest pieces from the beginning, items including a signed Hobbit book which sold for £54,000 and a rare Lord of the Rings set which went for £75,000. This baptism of fire has made him one of the leading Tolkien dealers today. Mark is now trading under the name of Festival Art and Books.
He has helped a number of collectors to become more comprehensive in their knowledge of Tolkien and has recently supplied some of the rarest and most important items to a private Tolkien museum opening in Switzerland this autumn. One avid collector who is a big fan of Mark’s business and describes his dealing with him in the following way, “Mark introduced me to the works of Tolkien a few years ago and he is now coaching me on all things Tolkien and is helping me build up a pragmatic collection. His knowledge and contacts are incredible, they are to die for and I have no hesitation in recommending Mark’s work.”
Festival Art and Books: www.festivalartandbooks.com
About Festival in the Shire
Mark used his expertise and extensive contact list to hold one of the biggest Tolkien events in 2010 – Festival in the Shire. Held over three days, there was a comprehensive list of Tolkien experts giving lectures. Art show, stalls, entertainment and fan expo.
Festival in the Shire www.festivalintheshire.com
August 2010 Festival, Fan Expo and Conference over three days (www.festivalintheshire.com/schedules.html
We also produce 2-3 smaller, local fan events in the UK and Europe.
August 2011 Machynlleth, Wales. Art exhibition, rare books and artists
September 2012 Leiden, Holland. 75th Anniversary of the Hobbit. Art exhibition, rare books and Tolkien merchandise and a program of talks
About Rodney Matthews
Rodney Matthews has worked as a designer-illustrator for over 30 years. He has illustrated album covers (including Thin Lizzy, Barclay James Harvest, Rick Wakeman and Magnum among others), video games, fairy tales, children’s literature and book dust jackets. Over 80 of his designs have been published as poster prints, selling in millions world-wide. His talents are world renowned. For example, John Cleese places him “among the greatest artists who have ever lived.” His works have been exhibited in Britain’s most prestigious galleries, and he has held one-man exhibitions in variety of places including Switzerland.
His very unique style has earned him a loyal following of fans, who have seen his illustrations in connection with some of the literary worlds biggest names including C.S Lewis, Kenneth Graham, Lewis Carroll and of course Tolkien.
About Four Rooms
Channel 4’s hugely popular television show Four Rooms offers sellers of valuable and collectable items, a chance to pitch their items to four of the UK’s biggest dealers. Up to 30 dealers are rotated throughout the series to give the viewers variety. They range from the art collector and academic Ruth Meakin to the interior designer and A list dealer Celia Sawyer. Mark did not accept any offers for his Lord of the Rings first editions when he appeared on the show but recently sold the set for £15,000.