The Illustrationcupboard Gallery is launching a publishing arm, Illustrationcupboard Books, this month.
The imprint will specialise in moden and contemporary illustration from around the world, as well as limited edition prints and books.
It will publish signed and numbered limited edition books, with print runs of around 500 copies.
John Huddy, the founder of the Illustrationcupboard Gallery, will be publisher of the book division. Mike Jolley, former art director of Templar Publishing, will take on the role of art director at Illustrationcupboard Books on a freelance basis.
Huddy said: “The Gallery is privileged to work with some of the most talented and original artists of modern times. The market for beautiful, collectable and limited edition books has never been stronger and the IllustrationCupboard has a track record that is second to none of selling first editions.”
The first book from the publisher will be George Butler: Adventurer and Illustrator, costing £49.95. It is a collection of drawings and writing by 29 year-old George Butler, an artist and illustrator specialising in travel and current affairs.
His drawings are done in situ, often in areas of conflict or difficulty, and working in pen, ink and watercolour.
The book will be followed in spring 2015 by limited edition publications by artists such as Shaun Tan and Helen Ward.
The Illustrationcupboard Gallery in St James’s, central London, presents the work of modern and contemporary book illustrators from around the world.