Monday, 18 December 2017

Cornelia O'Donovan I

Cornelia O'Donovan's work is full of exuberant pattern and colour, and often dream like surreal imagery this image reminded me of a Christmas tree with its triangular thrust, composition and colour combination.

Sunday, 17 December 2017

Mary Fedden

A selection of paintings about birds in the snow by Mary Fedden (1915-2012).
Mary was born in Bristol and from an early age set her ambitions on being an artist. She attended The Slade School of Art between 1932-1936 studying under Russian theatre designer Vladimir Polunin. On graduating she painted sets for Sadler's Wells but decided against a career in stage design and returned to Bristol to teach art and work as a painter. In 1951 she married fellow artist Julian Trevelyan during her life-time she painted prolifically and there are many works that you can enjoy.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Joseph Wilcon

"Minkeppat and Birds" written by Ursula Valentin and illustrated by Jozef Wilcon, a gentle story of an elderly man who understands the language of birds, originally published in 1966. 

Friday, 15 December 2017

Sano Yoko

An illustration from Christmas in WWII by Sano Yoko published in 1997 by Akane Shobo. Sano Yoko (1938–2010)  was born in Beijing, China, she studied printmaking in Berlin and settled in Japan becoming a very successful author illustrator of children's books. This work reminds me of Allan Ahlberg's 'The Run Away Dinner' of 2006.

Thursday, 14 December 2017

Štěpán Zavřel I

Štěpán Zavřel's illustrations from 'The Star Tellers' (Die Sterntaler). The Czech illustrator Štěpán Zavřel (1932-1999) was born in Prague and first specialised in animation. In 1959 he escaped Czechoslovakia and made his way to Italy where he was welcomed in the Trieste refugee camp. He furthered his studies in Rome at the Faculty of Painting of the Academy of Fine Arts. 
Štěpán then moved to Germany and studied stage design and theatrical costume at the Munich Kunstakademie. He returned to Italy working as an illustrator and was greatly involved in establishing networks, exhibitions and foundations to encourage and support this art form. 

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Caroline Fisher

Wonderful winter illustration by Carolyn Fisher from 'Weeds Find A Way' written by Cindy Jenson-Elliott published in 2014 by Beach Lane Books /Simon and Schuster. I love the theme of this book and its appreciation of native flora and its resilience. Thank you Joy Chu. 

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Bożena Truchanowska III

More seasonal illustrations by Polish illustrator Bożena Truchanowska this time for 'Holy night' written by Józef Czechowicz. 

Monday, 11 December 2017

Bożena Truchanowska II

Bożena Truchanowska (1929) is a Polish illustrator and these are two winter illustrations from 'Bajeczne Historie' written by Lech Konopiński and published in1970. The images have a charming tilted perspective and seem to use a wax resist for the trees and sky. Bożena is an artist who transcended rigid genres, working as a painter, graphic designer and illustrator, she illustrated over 100 children's books. She was awarded the Polish Section of IBBY (2013) and the silver Gloria Artis (2014) for lifetime achievement. 

Sunday, 10 December 2017

Saturday, 9 December 2017

Olga Pavalova I

Czech graphic designer Olga Pavalova's wonderful printed and fine line black and white illustrations from "Bubinek ze skla" 1964 written by Olga Hejna.

Friday, 8 December 2017

Alois Mikulka

Illustrations from 'O Smutnem Tygrovi' 1968 by Alois  Mikulka. Alois was born in Czech in 1933  he studied at the School of Arts in Brno and monumental painting under Ján Želibský at the University of Fine Arts in Bratislava.  Alois went on to work across the arts in painting, sculpture, graphic design, illustration, stage design and was the author of children's plays, fairy tales, poems and prose for children and adults.

Thursday, 7 December 2017

Richard Floethe

Richard Floethe's (1901-1988) charming designs  in pastel colours for 'Wumpy's Christmas Gift' by Nancy Nash published 1956. Richard trained in Painting and Printmaking in Munich before emigrating war to America in 1928. In New York he built a career for himself as one of the foremost  graphic designers. From 1930 he established himself as an illustrator, illustrating and designing over a hundred books for children and adults.

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Vimmer Katalin Rozalia

Winter scenes by Hungarian illustrator Vimmer Katalin Rozalia from 1982 'Csillagszoros Karacsonyfa' by Vegh Gyorgy.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Helga Aichinger IV

A further post about Helga Aichinger an illustrator whose work often appears before me and always amazes. Helga was exiled from Austria to Britain to her aunts in 1939 and was separated at this time from her twin sister Ilse who went to Australia. She married and had a daughter working in a great variety of jobs and even acted in a film. Her work was often in the media of etching, these images are from 'Ein Kornchen fur den Pfau', 1970 written by Josef Guggenmos.