Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Dahlov Ipcar IV

'I Like Animals' published in 1960 by Dahlov Ipcar (1917-2017) has a wonderful graphic style, enhanced by its limited palette.

Dahlov Ipcar was the daughter of Fauvist painter Marguerite Zorach and the sculptor and painter William Zorach. It was natural that she would follow them into a life of artistic expression. She briefly attended Oberlin Art College but soon rejected academic studies, finding them too restrictive on her creativity and dropped out after one semester. During her career she published over 30 books for children, four fantasy novels and also created many paintings and textile sculptures. 
Dahlov was fortunate to always find encouragement and support for her work and had her first solo exhibition aged 21 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.during her career she was also recognised by being awarded honorary degrees from the University of Maine, Colby College and Bates College. In 1998 Dahlov was awarded the 'Kerian Award for Children's Literature' by The University of Minnesota.

Monday, 21 May 2018

Benjamin Terry

Benjamin Terry is a young artist who uses scrap wood to create technicolour paintings, sculptures and installations his work is exuberant and full of joy.

Sunday, 20 May 2018

Dan Yaccarino II

'Circle Dogs' written by Kevin Henkes published 1998, Has bold, beguilingly simple illustrations that are visually exciting and a great introduction to shapes. The story has a lovely pace and I can imaging the child following the shapes with their finger.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

Dan Yaccarino I

Dan Yaccarino's Morris Mole published 2017 also has a mole who decides to dig up and see what is on the surface. This is a lovely book with great messages about kindness and not being afraid to think differently to everyone else.
Dan has a lovely modern mid-century graphic style.

Friday, 18 May 2018

Olga Zolotuhina I

'The mole who wanted to see the sun' written by Alexander Blinov published 2016, has charming illustrations by Olga Zolotuhina that plot the journey of the mole from it's monochromatic subterranean world, to the bright colourful surface. 
A truly lovely story, made magical by its illustrations.

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

Segawa Yasuo

After the lines of David Jones yesterday, I found this  intriguing children's book written by Sato Wakko: 'Somehow' 1994. It is about a tortoise who wants to run with pictures by Japanese
illustrator Segawa Yasuo (1932-2010). Like the images of David Jones these illustrations are created using a chaotic confusion of lines, a visual cacophony which you need to negotiate carefully to find the meaning.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

David Jones I

The Cricket Match, Sidmouth 1937

I had a postcard of Davids Jones's (1895-1974) work when I was a student and so it was with great fondness that I remembered him when I came across his work again today. His pencil and watercolour works are exquisitely detailed and yet fleeting like dreams or fading memories as they are so transparent.

 ‘View from Gatwick House, Essex, April’, David Jones, 1946

Flora in Calix Light, 1950

Monday, 14 May 2018

Nadav Weisman III

The hands in Nadav Weisman's musicians are fascinating the tiny hands of the pianist poised, the vast percussionist hands manipulating the triangle and the ballet like hands of the conductor, hands that are visually supplying the music of the composition. 

Sunday, 13 May 2018

Saturday, 12 May 2018