What we find so delicious about these books though, is that the stamps as well as being a means to add colour and interactivity to an otherwise rather bland, monotone book were an inventive way of circumventing the costly process full colour printing. Kudos to the Simon and Schuster of the 50s for their exercises in modesty and thriftiness. Beautiful book! More pics below… look at that bling!
You have waited long enough- you say, but it was surely worth it, because after the long wait you are all rewarded amply with this stunning book by Atak and Gertrude Stein and the first of many Nobrow releases in time for the holiday season.
In this illustrated version of celebrated poet and art patron Gertrude Stein’s first ‘word portrait’, Berlin based artist Atak visually recounts the fortunes of the poem’s two protagonists Barnes and Ada Colhard alongside a hand written version of the poem. Generally thought to have been created for Stein’s lover Alice Toklas, the poem represented a significant breakthrough in her prose writing as it focused on the interior quality of the characters and established the stylistic format for many ‘portraits’ to come.
Atak’s unique style of illustration harks back to the days of chromolithography. As with these early printing techniques, on every page of the book each print layer is meticulously created by hand directly onto film. There are only a handful of artists left still using this technique and the result is inimitable. The book has the look and feel of something created in the early days of printmaking.
Directly from the pages of Birchfield Close, the acclaimed graphic novella by Jonathan McNaught comes a series of prints that humorously represent the biodiversity of the British wildlife. This print ‘Pond and River’ is just over A4 size, printed in an edition of just 35 copies. Also check out ‘Town and Garden’ keep your eyes peeled for the final two in the British Wildlife series to be released soon.
Child-eating turtles, seductive man-eating serpent-ladies and giant, drunken human-crushing babies, what could possibly tie them together? The Bento Bestiary is returning to our webshop and to a bookshop near you as the very affordable Hardcover Edition. For any of you who missed out on the chance to own the lavishly printed Small Press Edition, here’s your chance to nab your own little slice of the Bento Beasties.
With an entirely reworked text by author Scott J Donaldson and a host of upgraded Yokai from artist Ben Newman, the Bento bestiary is a must have for any fan those Japanese super beasts who have dominated our screens and minds for the better part of half a century. Read up on Godzilla and Mothra’s great, great grandparents and prove yourself a worthy fan, ignore them and you may yourself end up on the wrong side of a pair of monstrous chopsticks…
The Bento Bestiary will be released on October 20th 2010, pre-order available from October 1st!
On the 23rd of September Nobrow gallery will be welcoming the eminently talented Belgian surrealist illustrator/artist Brecht Vandenbroucke to our gallery space at Nobrow Shop and Gallery, where we will be showing a collection of just under twenty works by the prolific painter. Private view starts at 6.30 pm on Thurs 23rd Sept. Click here to RSVP and see event details.
Brecht Vandenbroucke, one of the most recent additions to the roster of Nobrow artists, works in the true tradition of his Flemish predecessors, vast and complex paintings detailing everything from the apocalypse to the mundanities of everyday life. His stunning use of colour and adeptness with printmaking made him a prime target for Nobrow activities from the first time we saw his work on Flickr, via a small 20px squared portrait on a comment box of someone else’s Flickr photostream. Yes, it was a strange way to come across such great work, but that’s why its so great… read more here.