Joan Cornella is a cartoonist and illustrator from Spain. I went to see his first exhibition in the UK, which was at Munro House in Leeds. I've been following his work for a long time and I was incredibly excited when I found out his exhibition was coming to Leeds, and was to coincide with Thought Bubble. Although I didn't get a ticket to Thought Bubble due to lack of funds, this exhibition was free to visit.
His work uses very bold, bright and eye catching colours and all of his illustrations use an element of humour. The exhibition was advertised as the first exhibition where you're expected to be laughing out loud and not walking around in silence. His illustrations are quite unsettling and are often at the expense of others, however he also brings to light some interesting ideas, such as the image below, which could be thought to represent the current racism in America by police.
Whilst visiting the exhibition, I decided I would purchase his book entitled 'Zonzo'. The book is really interesting and showcases all of his illustrations. The books front cover is also really interesting as it has become a kind of promotion for the book, as through social media, people have been holding the book infront of their faces, which has become a kind of craze.