Il Sung Na: Korean-born illustrator, works in Britain.
I was recently blown away by Junzo Terada’s Animals at Work and Play Journal (2009, Chronicle Books). I couldn’t find any more information on this amazing artist other than his playful images.
A self-taught artist, he began his career in the early 90s by aggressively blanketing New York City’s streets and doorways with strips of brightly colored wheat-pasted posters. More at Phil Frost: Staking his Claim.
Jamini Roy (1887 – 1972) was one of the first painters whose work I absolutely loved (and do). He is from my home state of West Bengal, and rebelled against the traditional western influences “realism” of the time, and found inspiration in the folk art of Bengal instead – the Kalighat pot painting in particular. The Kalighat pot painting tradition is identified by its flat earthy colors, bold graphic forms with minor embellishment, and is apparent in his work.
He is also one of the first and rare painters who believed art shouldn’t belong only in museums and the elite, but also the common folk. To this end, he sold his works very cheaply.
Camille Rose Garcia was born in 1970 in Los Angeles, California and grew up in the generic suburbs of Orange County, visiting Disneyland and going to punk shows with the other dissenchanted youth of that era. Her paintings of creepy cartoon children living in wasteland fairy tales are critical commentaries on the failures of capitalist utopias. (From her website)
Created in 2004 for BLAB! Magazine, this 3 part print tells the story of animals that retreat underground to escape the ultraviolence of humans.
Created in 2003 for BLAB! Magazine, this 4 part print examines the highs and lows of pill popping and depression in America.
Created in 2002 for BLAB! magazine’s New and Used Collection, published by Fantagraphics Books, this 6 page story chronicles the creepy factory shenanigans of The Peppermint Man.
Check out her other book The Magic Bottle. I love it.
Mary Blair (1911-1978), born Mary Robinson, was an American artist, and best known for work she did for Watt Disney movies such as Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan.
Chris Raschka is a writer, illustrator and trained violist. I particularly love his Thingy Things series.