Friday, May 16, 2008

Edward Gorey

An Illustrator, first of novels, then of his own children's books, which he also wrote. He also wrote screenplays, and wrote and made the puppets for a puppet show. He is another case of a successful children's book author that has very little conscern for children (like Roald Dahl?) Some children books illustrators write more for the residual child in themselves, I think, than for the audience of children who pick up their work.

A very dark, but somewhat playful world is unveiled in these pieces. His figures have a distinct and unique stylization, and his black and white (and grey) contrasts are compositionally lovely.

1 comment:

M.M.E. said...

I absolutely love Edward Gorey. He's the reason I became an illustrator.