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Gorillaz artist Hewlett creates art for British Library show

Jamie Hewlett's artwork
Jamie Hewlett's artwork "defies categorisation" the library said

Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett has created an artwork featuring a caped female who has vanquished a super hero for a British Library comics show.

The exhibition will explore how British comic creators have challenged stereotypes, and exhibits will include original art and video from Hewlett's Tank Girl and Gorillaz creations.

Comics Unmasked: Art and Anarchy in the UK also includes "unseen discoveries" from the library's collection.

It runs from 2 May to 19 August 2014.

The library has issued a parental guidance warning for under 16s because of the "explicit nature of some of the exhibits".

The artwork by comic artist and designer Hewlett, which depicts London's St Pancras station in the background, will appear on the exhibition poster and as a six-metre high graphic installation at the library.

He said he was "thrilled" to be part of "such an extensive collection of British comic art" and to "celebrate the history of British comics".

John Harris, the exhibition's co-curator, added: "The new artwork from Jamie Hewlett perfectly encapsulates what we are trying to communicate with this exhibition of seditious British comics from the last few centuries."

"Jamie's work defies categorisation, playfully challenging the status quo as it crosses over into many worlds, including comics, visual arts, film, sculpture, music and theatre."

Hewlett's second artwork for the show will feature alongside comics including the Illustrated London News (1884)

He said that the commission "really illustrates our point" that comics have also had "a huge and ongoing impact on British culture" in a number of different arenas.

He added that the show would also include "once in a lifetime sneak peeks at original artwork and writers' scripts".

A second image by Hewlett was also created for the exhibition, featuring a digital two-panel comic.

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