Friday, 25 May 2018

Janine Getty

In a very personal commemoration of her mother's life, Janine Getty has created a vibrant synergy of neon and nature for her degree piece; 'Oxenfree' in 'Time Based Art & Digital Film' at Duncan of Jordanston College of Art.
"When my mother Catherine passed away in 2005 I spread her ashes inside and around a dominant, hundred year old oak tree in Loch Katrine. This tree self seeded atop a large rock and has grown to both smash through and wrap its roots around the boulder itself, holding everything together, a fact that reflects my mother by nature. This is the same spot she went to find peace when her own mother passed. Now, almost thirteen years later, I feel immense joy and celebration when surrounded by the life that has sprung from her remains under that tree. This is the story behind Oxenfree, an interactive exploration and celebration of the spirituality that a place may possess once a loved one passes and the abundance of life that is left in the wake of loss." Janine Getty

Thursday, 24 May 2018

Karoliina Pertamo I

'Hämärinkäinen' is a Finish book written by Mila Teräs and illustrated by  Karoliina Pertamo published in 2015. A florist breaks the loom that creates dusk so that the flower makers have more time to create flowers, but then realises his mistake as everyone becomes to exhausted, and hurries to rescue the dusk weaver.

A parable about capitalism and modern life. We need dark for resting and slowing down and we need sleep, particularly when we are young, the perfect bedtime story with delicious delicate poetic illustrations.

Wednesday, 23 May 2018

Aleksander Lindeberg

Aleksander Lindeberg (1917-2015), 'ILOISET AAPISKUVAT' published 1965, is a beautiful journey through the alphabet with soft, textured illustrations very similar to some of Alice and Martin Provensen's works. Aleksander Lindeberg was the son of Magnus Lindeberg, a doctor. The family fled the Russian revolution and sought to settle in Finland but Aleksander's father's qualifications were not accepted in Finland, so the family relocated again this time to Germany and then Estonia before finally being allowed to settle in Finland when his fathers qualifications were accepted and he could practice medicine. Aleksander studied art in Helsinki and Tallin and worked as a graphic designer in magazines. After the war, when standards of living rose, he worked as a commercial artist creating advertisements for cosmetics and clothing. In the 1960's he published his first children's book and was awarded the Rudolf Koivu Award in 1964.

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.