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Jan Pienkowski

I ran into this fabulous Polish illustrator when I visited the Illustration Cupboard's gallery on its first day of opening. Very exciting! A nice BBC photographer took this photo after he'd filmed an interview with Mr Pienkowski for the 6 o'clock news.

And a tribute to the little birch tree outside my window...


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Nov. 22nd, 2006 01:31 am (UTC)
WHat a charmed life you lead!

Nov. 22nd, 2006 08:03 am (UTC)
I like the tree theme at the moment :-) But where's the little bird...?
Nov. 22nd, 2006 08:07 am (UTC)
Oh, that one was just all about the tree. A valiant little tree, that somehow survives every time the neighborhood hoodies come by and knock it down, or break off half its branches. I thought it deserved its moment in the spotlight. ;-)
Nov. 22nd, 2006 10:00 am (UTC)
Yay you!!! My dad saw part of the news report and he was peeved with himself for not catching where it was or what it was all about. I was confident that you would know of any new gallery opening, and I was going to e-mail and ask you about it today. Then I went online and sure enough, whom should I find at the very centre of things, getting herself photographed by BBC reporters??? If ever a person had their ear to the ground, and indeed their finger on the pulse...
I checked out Mr Pienkowski's work, and it's cool. Love that use of evocative silhouettes against very vivid skies.
And your tree picture is just gorgeous!!!
Nov. 22nd, 2006 05:00 pm (UTC)
Well, not exactly 'finger to the pulse', but I've been going to this gallery's shows for years. It's the only local place I can find that shows contemporary children's book illustrations on a regular basis, and I hope it proves successful enough to stay open for a long time. There's another agency recently started up, called 'Images of Delight', but I think they're based in Bristol. It's run by someone who used to work for John Huddy, named Linda Owen-Lloyd, and Louise Power. Chris Beetles shows old classic illustrators like Rackham and Shepherd, and only occasionally forays into more recent stuff, but only the old tried-and-trues like Quentin Blake and Edward Ardizzone. John Huddy at the Illus Cupbd takes on more recent artists like Mini Grey and Satoshi Kitamura (as do Images of Delight).
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