A World of Artist Jour­nal Pages

A sec­ond in­stal­ment of in­ti­mate snoops into the sketch­books of artists from ev­ery cor­ner of the globe…

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Editor Dawn Sokol he fol­low-up to the warmly re­ceivedw 1000 Artist Jour­nal Pages cer­tainly in­flames the imag­i­na­tion. The con­tents are far too widerang­ing, es­o­teric and per­sonal to each in­di­vid­ual artist to be in any way cat­e­gorised to­gether, ex­cept in this con­stantly sur­pris­ing, loosely col­lected form.

Some may com­plain that Dawn Sokol has only in­cluded a hand­ful of male artists out of the book’s 230, but as that ra­tio has al­ways tra­di­tion­ally

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The qual­ity vastly changes, from felt pen car­toons to glo­ri­ous wa­ter­colour scenes. But wher­ever on the spec­trum the art lands, ev­ery turn of the page has some­thing to pro­vide pause for thought. Each en­try makes you won­der: what if you just found this squib, or sketch, or col­lage, on the bus? What kind of life does the artist who forged the col­lage de­pict­ing a sleep­ing were-bear with the motto ‘It’s bet­ter now’ lead? What inspired one scrib­bler to por­tray St. Bartholomew advertising ice cream? A few mo­ti­va­tions can be gleaned from the editor’s se­lected in­ter­views with artists, but many in­stances of ‘found art’ are best pored over in wide-eyed ig­no­rance.

Micki Wilde’s bizarrelook­ing crea­ture is just one ex­am­ple of the eclec­tic art on dis­play in this book.

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