Saturday, May 23, 2015

V & A illustration awards

The V&A Illustration Awards 2015 have been announced.  The winner for Book Illustration was Sterling Hundley for his masterly work on Treasure Island.  It didn't strike me as terribly original, though - indeed the artist himself acknowledges his debt to the classic N C Wyeth drawings of 1911. The site is full of all the entries and is well worth a look.  I have to say the ones which caught my eye were these by Mark Smith for the Folio Society edition of The Singing Sands by Josephine Tey.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

(Give Me That) Old-Time Socialist Utopia

(Give Me That) Old-Time Socialist Utopia

Brilliant insight from the Paris Review into the Soviet sci-fi siblings Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.  Must get hold of some of their work.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Leonora Carrington at Tate Liverpool

I hadn't realised Tate Liverpool had an exhibition of Carrington's work.  If I had known I would have tried to get there, but the General Election and the post-election blues got in the way and there is no way I can make arrangements to get there before the show closes on May 31st.

Still, in the Internet Age we can all access a good number of images.  The above is Do You Know My Aunt Eliza from 1941.  Online, I can't tell if it is a drawing or an etching.  Certainly fine lining is involved and my guess is etching.

For those who have planned their lives better, the details are here.