Monday, 16 January 2017

Chihiro Iwasaki

Although winter has not really landed on us yet, the signs of spring awakening are all around, tree buds, and snowdrops. Chihiro Iwasaki's (1918-1974) gentle watercolour washes of children and flower seem to perfectly express this transition time from the depths of winter to the early glimmer of spring.  

Chihiro Iwasaki (1918-1974)

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Roger Duvoisin XV

I found a book with illustrations by Roger Duvoisin in the school that I am currently on residency with so
I can share some more of his magic, these images are from 'It's Time Now' written by Alvin Tresselt.

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Sita Jucker-Bruder II

Another Sita Jucker-Bruder illustration, this is the cover for The Black Sheep, a nativity story written by Elisabeth Heck.

Sita Jucker-Bruder I

Sita Jucker-Bruder's  (1921-2003) illustrations for Mr Longfoot by Regine Schindler, 1976. Sita was an artist who was forbidden to teach because she was left handed. She studied at the Ecole des Arts et Métiers in Basel, at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Geneva and at the Paul Colin School in Paris. She worked as an interior and fashion designer, becoming an illustrator after having her son. Her style is reminiscent of many of my favorites including Brian Wildsmith.

Friday, 13 January 2017

Fumiko Hori I

These images are illustrations for P I Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker 1971, by Japanese artist Fumiko Hori. This book was made as part of the Fantasia Pictorial series. These were based on well-known masterpieces of music, with stories and illustrations carefully designed to help young readers expand their musical imaginations, and to encourage children fond of music to find new enjoyment in books.

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Scott Blake

Another find in the Bookartbookshop was these beguilingly simple and yet extremely complex flip books by the very clever Scott Blake.

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

Sophie Herxheimer I

Sophie Herxheimer is a London based artist, poet and story collector. For the past twelve years, she has been gathering people's tales of food and transposing them into these illustrated transcripts. She now has over 1200 of these inspiring warm, and humorous insights into people their memories, philosophies and wisdom.

Tuesday, 10 January 2017


Lately when ever I am on a train, I love taking photographs.
The train takes me where I can't normally go, it is an endlessly changing, fluttering landscape, a challenge to capture through dirty windows, rain splattered windows and the fleeting obstructions of trees, posts and signage. Travelling back on Sunday there was fog through Yorkshire and Northumberland, the light was stunningly beautiful. 
Fog is quite magical it distorts sound and vision, shape shifts quietens the landscape and yet amplifies noise.

Monday, 9 January 2017

The Bookartbookshop

Above: Spiral lens porthole by Régine de la Hey

Affordable art is a common term these days with festivals and exhibitions worldwide to connect artists with a wider audience. Artist books and zines are another way that artists try to connect with the public and a great way for people to be able to buy a piece of original art.

While in London, I visited a jewel of a shop called; 'Bookartbookshop', which was founded in 2002 by Tanya Peixoto. This is a tiny shop laden with treasure is a great place to visit and explore the vast variety of hand-made, small press and independently published artist's books. The artist's books available here embrace a broad definition of art and literature and are created in every possible format.
Here I met the lovely Chiara Ambrosio a visual artist and film-maker who helps to run this incredible library of creativity. If you are in London, I would highly recommend a visit to this tiny treasure, say hello to the lovely Tanya or Chiara and buy some original art in book form.

Sunday, 8 January 2017

Adventures in Moomin Land II

Twenty-four hours in London is a little crazy and definitely like having an adventure in Moomin Land.
Here are some of the wonderful sketches, drawings and illustrations by Tove Janssen being exhibited at the Southbank Centre. This exhibition is so popular that it has been extended, it is designed for children but has lots of charm especially for me the Lizzy Hobbs animation about Moomintroll. There is a further exhibition of work by Tove Jansson currently at Dulwich Picture Gallery until the 28th January.

Saturday, 7 January 2017

Adventures in Moomin Land I

I didn't anticipate being able to see the exhibition 'Adventures in Moomin Land' an exploration of the internationally renowned Moomin stories and the life of its author, Tove Jansson, so soon after it opened. However fate has led me to London for a few days and so today I am looking forward to a treat at London's South Bank Centre and the chance to see my good friend Lizzy Hobbs and her specially commissioned animation for this exhibition exploring the evolution of the Moomintroll.

Friday, 6 January 2017

Evgeniya Strakhova

Traveling today to see my family and pet the dog. Here is a lovely illustration by Russian artist and boxer Evgeniya Strakhova.

Thursday, 5 January 2017

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Matthew Booker II

A study of people on the beach at Margate by Matthew Booker and a screen print below of people paddling with seagulls in attendance called Swimmers and Gulls.