Monday, 20 February 2017

Iwona Chimielewska IV

Beautiful textile illustrations by Polish illustrator Iwona Chimielwska to start the week.
Lets hope it is a good week.
Iwona Chimielwska has an amazing and refreshing diversity in her work, it is wonderful that she has been able to have such a successful career with constantly innovative work.

Sunday, 19 February 2017

Dick Bruna

Dick Bruna was born in the city of Utrecht in 1927 into a family of publishers, his great-grandfather founded the great Dutch publishing house A.W Bruna & son in 1868 and so throughout his youth, he was exposed to great books, authors, illustrators, and designers. He was expected by his family to go into the publishing business, but Dick despised the marketing and business of the publishing house instead he was naturally inclined towards art and design. After the turbulence of war, Dick could not settle to school and so served internships in London, Paris, and Utrecht enjoying the opportunity to see exhibitions and attend museums and galleries. 
 "I really went from one gallery to another, all day. I was so much impressed by the work of Picasso and Léger, Matisse, Braque and all those people". Dick Bruna 
Dick attends The State Academy in Amsterdam but he did not complete his studies here as he said he had no talent for painting or perspective.  On returning home he fell in love and proposed marriage to Irene de Jongh, but her father insists he gets a proper job and so reticently he accepts a position in the family business A.W.Bruna & son, and it is here that he hones his graphic design skills creating many wonderful book covers. In 1954 the company branched into Pocket/ Black Bears small paperback books similar to their competitors. Dick was allowed to try to make covers for this new format and drawing on his favourite artist Matisse he created distinct bold designs using black and primary colours and often using collage he liked its surprising results. 
"The first year a series of about six books appeared, the second year there were roughly eighteen, but soon afterwards there were more than one hundred a year. I realized that I, at this rate, had to apply all possible techniques: drawing , tearing, cutting, collage. The black bears were my artschool." Dick Bruna

In this way, he developed a new corporate identity for the company designing posters for railway stations to promote new editions over the years. During his time with the company, 20 years from 1952-1972, he produced over 2000 book covers and over 1000 posters. 

But it was on a wet summer holiday that his most popular and iconic design appeared, a small white rabbit called  'Nijntje' or 'Miffy' (Little Rabbit) in English, created to entertain his son. Miffy was to feature in 32 books and has so far sold over 85 million copies worldwide.  

This career in children's books resulted in 124 children's books, the last being 'A Gift for Grandpa Bunny' in 2009. Dick Bruna died on February 16th, 2017 aged 89 in his home city of Utrecht, in our hearts and children's libraries he lives on through his wonderful creativity and the enigmatic Miffy 

“I would love to be able to draw like a child, so spontaneous, so open-minded on those big sheets. As an adult you start to draw and then hope that you make something good, something beautiful. A child is not like that, they start and see what happens... I draw things you will see close to home, things that I also like. Maybe I still think a bit like a child, I have a childish mind, I think. There are a lot of things I don’t understand.”
Dick Bruna

Saturday, 18 February 2017

Dahlov Ipcar III

Over 28 years ago Dahlov Ipcar became fascinated by the images she saw looking through a kaleidoscope and tried to achieve the same opticals affect in her art. She began to compose circles within circles creating dynamic colour and pattern. Over the next 23 years, she created fifteen circle paintings, each concentrating on a different animal theme. 
"I have always considered my Circle Paintings as special, I enjoyed the challenge of working out all the complications." Dahlov Ipcar.

Dahlov Ipcar II

One of the striking qualities of many of Dahlov Ipcar's works is the balance, pattern and a bold powerful rhythm.

Friday, 17 February 2017

Dahlov Ipcar I

Above: Family Dinner.

This week saw the death of illustrator artist Dahlov Ipcar at the grand age of 99, you can see a video here of her talking about her life three years ago. Here in my first post, I share two less typical examples of her work featuring domestic scenes populated by animals.from the 1970's and a very early 1930 painting called Celestine in the Kitchen.

Thursday, 16 February 2017

Natasha Gavrilova I

I love to send decorated parcels and letters and I would love to receive these charming collaged examples are by Russian illustrator and designer Natasha Gavrilova.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Judy Varga I

Today's offering is the wonderful 'Miss Lollipop's Lion by Judy Varga 1963. Judy Varga wrote and illustrated many books in the mid-twentieth century, they were full of great humour and joy. I have been searching the internet for some biographical information but it is surprisingly lacking for such a prolific and successful illustrator.

Tuesday, 14 February 2017

Ernest Dudley Chase

A Map of Loveland by graphic artist Ernest Dudley Chase printed in 1943. It is good to have a map so you don't get lost.
Happy St Valentines Day.

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Keiko Shibata VIII

This collaged image by Keiko Shibata  has a lovely space for drifting and relaxing in, an image showing what Sundays should be like.

Saturday, 11 February 2017

Edward Lear

As we approached the weekend on the wings of Jacqueline's work, lets continue the avian theme with classic nonsense from Edward Lear, one of my heroes.

Thursday, 9 February 2017

Shadi Samari

Shadi Samari is based in Italy but, as her style sings out, she is originally from Iran. This series of works is called 'My Sis'.