A few places you might like to visit if your time permits:
Josef Palacek: the wonderful Czech illustrator — a marvelously poetic vision in his children's books amply rewarded by prizes at Bologna Book Fair, IBBY, Teatrio... There is surprisingly little about him on the internet, but I found more images on Natascha Rosenberg's blog...
Analogue: a gallery and bookshop in Edinburgh— I wish I lived nearer to it! They have had some interesting exhibits I'd like to have seen, including Jean Jullien, Marcus Oakley, Nigel Peake and Tom Gauld. See their flickr for more!
Armenian tales and legends: illustrated by the Russian illustrator Victoria Semykina. Quel talent! Also here and here and on tzeh (fabulous Russian illustrator's collective). And I think this is her blog (in Russian).