Contemporary fairy tale artists
I’d like to start a thread where we can recommend the work of contemporary artists who are creating fairy tale and myth related art.
In the Upcoming Publications thread above, I recommended the work of Virginia Lee, who is the daughter of the English illustrator Alan Lee and Dutch artist Marja Lee Kruyt. She’s a young, enormously talented painter and sculptor, and her new web site is a delight. In addition to her own work — rooted in myths and fairy tales — she has also worked on some of the set sculptures for the Lord of the Rings films. Her web site is: www.virginialee.net. I think she ought to be doing children’s books. (I hope any children’s book editors visiting this board will take a look.)
I’d also like to recommend the charming Muse Hill web site, created by a 17-year-old Australian art student, Oliver Hunter. His work is bears the clear influence of Brian Froud — yet it’s quite accomplished for own so young, and will no doubt take on more and more of his own style as he matures. (I shudder to think what I was drawing at that age…. Nothing half so good.) The URL is www.geocities.com/musehillart.
Third, I want to recommend a *fabulous* new book of graphic works by the great Paula Rego, which includes her drawings based on Peter Pan and nursery rhymes. Rego is a Portugese-born artist who now lives in Britain (where she’s close friends with fairy tale scholar Marina Warner); I tend to think of her as the visual art world’s answer to Angela Carter — her work has that same sly, dark, sensual, fantastical edge. You can view some of her work at library.thinkquest.org/17016/. Information on the new book, Paula Rego: The Complete Graphic Works, can be found on the Thames and Hudson web site: www.thamesandhudson.com. The book is on the pricey side, but worth every penny.