Illustrators bring Warhol, Dali and Pollock back to life

Publisher Laurence King has taken a bold illustrative visual approach in its new art history series This Is, which begins with monographs on Warhol, Dali, and Pollock.

Dali

Illustrators Andrew Rae and Peter Arkle have worked alongside author Catherine Ingram in a bid to bring the stories of the artists’ lives to a younger audience.

Angus Hyland of Pentagram, who is also Laurence King’s art director, has overseen the process.

Dali

Rae, of the Peepshow collective, has worked on the Dali and Warhol books and Arkle on the Pollock book. They all share a cartoonish explanatory quality and are filled with illustrated facts and images of the artists’ works.

There’s a lovely page on Dali trying his hand as a designer, an episode which saw him come up with shoes with springs, mirrored fingernails that let you admire yourself on the go, and best of all a see-through mannequin filled with water and swimming goldfish.

Dali

The Dali book tells the story of his life, explores the meaning of his Surrealist paintings, looks at Surrealism as a way of life and his commercial work – which includes jewellery design and the creation of the Chupa Chups lollipops logo. 

Warhol

This is Warhol explains Warhol’s journey from commercial artist to society portrait painter.

Warhol

Rae’s illustrations of Warhol take in the artist’s childhood in Pittsburgh, his Manhatten Mansion and The Silver Factory.

Pollock

This is Pollock shines a light on how his work became a weapon in the Cold War, by representing America as a free democratic nation.

Pollock

The first three titles, This is Dali, This is Warhol and This is Pollock are published in May by Laurence King.

Pollock

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