Sunday, 18 February 2018

Nikolai Stoyanov

'How the baby crow became a singer' written by Svetoslav Minkov and illustrated by Nikolai Stoyanov was published in 1974, these are some of the illustrations from a copy I recently bought. It is an A4 size softback, almost like a magazine and so it is miraculous that it has survived this long and I love the illustrations.

Saturday, 17 February 2018

Yoshiharu Suzuki III

Aesops Fables illustrated by Yoshiharu Suzuki (1913-2002) is a visual feast with so many different styles of working, I especially love the black image of the lion and the mouse with its rainbow lines.

Friday, 16 February 2018

Yoshiharu Suzuki II

Yoshiharu Suzuki's illustrations to 'The Village Violin' 1979 written by Kenhisa Akaza. I love these gentle works and contemplative illustrations, which have such a different temperament and aesthetic to current western publications for children.  They have a pace a contemplation, a breathing time and thinking time. 

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Jana Glatt

Oh such sad love!
Illustration by Jana Glatt for the fantastic book, 'Quem Adivindha O Que é?' Written by José Enrique Barreiro and published in Brazil in 2015.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Yoshiharu Suzuki I

'Glass Town on the Moon' 1978 written by Futoshi Furuta and illustrated by Yoshiharu Suzuki (1913 - 2002). Yoshiharu had a wonderful delicate line in his pencil and watercolour illustrations. 

Monday, 12 February 2018

Carlos Marchiori I

A heart bursting with love, here are some wonderfully romantic illustrations from Italian artist, Carlos Marchiori (born 1939) from the book 'Sally go round the Sun' by Edith Fowke published in Canada in 1969.
Carlos had trained in art and design at Padua and Venice , he emigrated to Canada in 1956 and has since settled in California where he has worked as an artist and muralist.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Vladimir Bobri

'A Kiss is Round' 1958 is a book of poetry by Blossom Budney illustrated by Ukrainian illustrator and graphic designer Vladimir Bobri (1898-1986). As a young man Vladimir was swept up in the Russian revolution and fought on many sides before escaping amazingly by using a handmade passport. Vladimir worked in a great variety of media to survive in Europe, designing sets and costumes for the Russian ballet,  painting icons in Greece, eventually he emigrated to the USA in 1921where he worked as a graphic designer, soon his unique layouts and designs enabled him to have a successful freelance career designing for the New Yorker, Vogue, Harpers Bazaar. He was an avid guitarist and an incredible creative spirit.

Saturday, 10 February 2018

Kate Robertson

Today I travelled up to Dundee and visited my favourite art space the DCA and Kate V Robertson's first solo exhibition 'This mess is kept afloat'. Kate has created a modern mosaic on the floor with materials such as concrete, eggshell, resin and paper cast in 'disposable' containers. As you tentatively step forward onto this fragile art piece you exploring ideas of dysfunction, instability, waste and decay in a multi sensory experience where you can feel the art through your feet, listen to its erosion while enjoying its muted pastel patterns and visually research how it was created. 

Vera Zsoldos

Gyárfás Miklós 'Az oroszlánidomító' published in 1971 with a cover illustrated by Vera Zsoldos (1924-2016) which I couldn't resist including in this selection of vintage Hungarian illustrators. Vera Zsoldos illustrated over 600 books and drew for numerous animations in her career.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Réber László Rajzai III

Ervin Lázár (1936-2006) 'The little boy and the lions' published 1978 with illustrations by László Réber (1920-2001) combining thick crayon line with finer pencil creating a wonderful dance of line.

Ervin Lázár (1936-2006)

Thursday, 8 February 2018

János Kass IV

János Kass's bright primary colours and joyful line combine to create the happiest illustrations. These examples are from a 1982 book of Hungarian Folk Tales. 

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Réber László Rajzai II

Réber László Rajzai (1920-2001) was born in Budapest, during the war he drew maps and during his imprisonment by the Russians his survival was aided by his drawings of the guards which ensured he got more food. After the war he became a cartoonist and then later started to illustrate books, going on to work on over 400 including books by Gerald Durrell and Kurt Vonnegut. His style is an elegant minimalist line accompanied by bright blocks of colour.