Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Artist Feature: David Hockney

originally published in 1969


The Boy Who went Forth to Learn What Fear Is


Fundevogel (Foundling Bird)

"What makes Hockney’s visual interpretation especially enchanting is that while traditional fairy tale images tend to rely on beauty and color to create magic and contrast the beautiful and the ugly to distinguish between good and evil, even the princesses in his black-and-white illustrations are unassuming, ugly even; where ornate, detailed imagery would ordinarily fill the traditional visual vignette, Hockney’s ample use of negative space invites the imagination to roam freely. Perhaps above all, his haunting, scary, architectural illustrations serve as a testament to J.R.R. Tolkien’s assertion that, even if they might appeal to the young, fairy tales are not written “for children.”"

1 comment:

  1. Wow.. these pics are so creepy indeed, I rather have the colorful ones which are written for children ahahah