British artist John Holmes was born in London where he lived all his life except for time he spent in the Royal Air Force. In 1965 John saw a notice about further education for working men which, supported by a bursary from Royal Society of Arts, led him to gain a place at the London College of Printing. His work was at first abstract and he gained an exhibition place at the Raille Gallery; later, possibly inspired by an accident involving his daughter where she was badly scalded, his work involved more figurative shapes and images. It was at this point he was commissioned to produce art for album covers, book covers, and illustrations for various publications. The 1970s saw him produce some of his most famous works for the literary scene: Germaine Greer absolutely loved his artwork for The Female Eunuch, and his styling certainly fit well with the horror and disturbing imagination of H.P. Lovecraft, and Fontana’s Horror Series.
We collated a selection of our favourite covers from this period… But beware, they are rather disturbing for sensitive souls… Don’t get nightmares…
Tolkien’s maps are recognisable for the font and sketch style of art which Dan has recreated perfectly.
“I like to think the maps allow people to imagine where they live in a Tolkien style.” he told the BBC.
He adds that the maps are “not drawn with accuracy in mind”, and are more an artist’s impression of each area.
He has currently drawn nine out of fifteen parks, including the Lake District, Dartmoor National Park, and the Brecon Beacons. Find his work, and to order your own, at his website.
After seeing the Dali artwork, and knowing the adventures of Alice very well, it is like this collaboration was destined to happen. In the book’s introduction Lewis Carrol expert Mark Burstein discusses Dalí’s symbolic and mathematical connections with Carroll, while mathematician Thomas Banchoff explores the mathematics threaded throughout Dalí’s work.
Check out some of the stunning illustrations below and to find a link to purchase your own copy.
The latest bookshelf-altering idea is for the neutral-colour-lovers among us: some of you may remember when we posted a picture on Facebook of a bookshelf in which the books were all turned about with the spines facing the wall. Many of our Reading Addicts were unhappy with the idea- deeming the bookshelf owner (apparently someone called ‘Lauren’) to be a little superficial, and “obviously not a reader”.
Our dust jackets haven’t always been crammed full of information, or as colourful as we see them today… Here are 7 fascinating facts about dust jackets that you may not have known before…
33 first edition books have had their covers re-interpreted by famous contemporary artists and illustrators. In partnership with Winsor & Newton, and in benefit of House of Illustration, the covers will be auctioned for an average of £2000. The covers range from Shaun Tan’s re-covering of Orwell’s Animal Farm, to Neil Gaiman’s cover for Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451.
Check out some of the covers below, and visit Sotheby’s website for more details.
Jill Ashton graduated in 2004 from The University of Central England with a First Class BA Hons in Jewellery and Silversmithing. Now, as Betty Pepper the artist based in the South East of England, she spends a lot of time making each unique piece of art and jewellery. Betty’s literary-inspired art is created from silver wire and fabric fragments, and any orphaned books she finds while out on a ‘rummage’. She gives life to old and ruined books once more by fashioning quirky and whimsical pieces from their pages.
Betty’s work is displayed and sold across Europe from Glasgow to Paris, with collections and commissions also available via MadeByHandOnline. The artwork can also be found at worldwide exhibitions- most recently in the UK (Suffolk, and Leeds) and Munich, Germany.
Psychology researchers from the University of Otago, New Zealand have found that doing some colouring-in for as little as ten minutes a day can see a notable increase in an individual’s mental health. The study was published in the Creativity Research Journal and has shown that a bit of colouring-in can be a cheap but effective way to help boost one’s mental health. Read More