Two-Faced: Jean Giraud and Moebius (1938 – 2012)

Ever since I was a kid, I’ve had this insatiable curiosity about the fantastic and the unknown. Naturally, the world of imagination and fantasy was something that blossomed in me like an insidious weed, one that stubbornly remains to this… Continue Reading →

Mother of Moomins: Tove Jansson (1914 – 2001)(Dawn of the Golden Age)

Tove Jansson was a figure who’s work I was aware of growing up, but faded out of my consciousness as an illustrator until this year. Early on I grew up with a lot of European children’s books, and collections such… Continue Reading →

Origins: The Art of Kay Nielsen (1886 – 1957) (Illustration’s Early Masters)

I actually chose to go with Kay Nielsen this time because of a comment you ended up making last February when I first came to the university, ha! I had almost no artwork to my name because I’d only been… Continue Reading →

The Folk and Stage Art of Ivan Bilibin (1876 – 1942) (Illustration’s Beginnings)

I first came across Ivan Bilibin’s work a couple of years ago through one of my favorite contemporary illustrators who goes by Sin Eater. He cited him as a powerful influence and ended up showing a number of beautiful pieces… Continue Reading →

Survey 10: Front Cover Rationale

  The last one! I had a pretty strong idea of where I wanted to go with this one at the beginning. I think the first idea most of us had was to try and fit a little of everything… Continue Reading →

Survey 7 Spread and Rationale

Ooh boy! This was a tricky one. For this, I wanted to go for a slightly different tone than the previous spread, which was more fun and playful. The left side is a little more painterly and realistic, and on… Continue Reading →

The Best of Both: James Rosenquist (1933 – 2017) (Abstract Expressionism & Pop Art)

I don’t like abstract art. I said it, it’s not a controversial opinion and I’m okay with that. I was worried I was going to have a pretty rough time writing on this era of art for that reason. Abstract… Continue Reading →

No Home, No Hope. Hobo Culture and Riding the Rails in the Great Depression (1930 – 1945)(Survey 10)

The year is 1931. A massive drought sweeps through the Midwestern United States and after decades of deep and intensive tilling, catastrophe catches up. Farms left with little to no soil structure due to these aggressive agricultural practices are devastated… Continue Reading →

The Art of Ornament: The Golden Era of Art Deco (1925 – 1930)(Survey 9)

  Perhaps one of the more ornamental art movements outside of Rococo, Art Deco rose to supremacy in the 1920s by way of the 1925 International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts. France being no stranger to showing off on… Continue Reading →

Thanatopsis: the Blasted Dystopian Dreamscapes of Polish Surrealist Zdzisław Beksiński (1929 – 2005) (Cubism, Dadaism & Surrealism)

[Initial Important Disclaimer for Jeff!] I know that Beksiński is not on the list of suggested artists for this period, but I wanted to take a chance on him. If you need me to pick one off of the period… Continue Reading →

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