Hans Christian Andersen Series

 

Seven illustrations inspired by some of my favourite Hans Christian Andersen stories, each heavily featuring anthropomorphic characters. These illustrations were launched at Bold Street Coffee, Liverpool, on 5th December 2015 as my first solo exhibition. Please scroll down to see all images and read a little bit about the exhibition and the series of work.

 

'Life itself is the most wonderful fairytale' - Hans Christian Andersen

 

1. The Nightingale

2.The Snow Queen

3. Thumbelina

4. The Ugly Duckling

5. The Steadfast Tin Soldier

6. The Little Mermaid

7. The Storks

 

Hans Christian Andersen (1805-18750 was a Danish author, best known for his world famous fairytales which were culturally authentic and often lacked happy endings, escaping the parsonage censors of Victorian times. His tales are readily accessible to both adults and children alike, presenting lessons of virtue and resilience in the face of adversity. 

As a child, I was enchanted by his tales and still find them incredibly powerful today. In many of his stories, anthropomorphic animals and objects are endowed with positive features as the animistic logic of childhood would attribute to them, while human characters are usually corrupted and flawed. By this gesture, Andersen appears to challenge the superiority of the human race - animals in his tales have the same right to be listened to as human beings. I focused on this subject as the theme for this exhibition, illustrating a select group of anthropomorphic characters from some of my favourite Andersen tales, who think and feel like humans and have an important role to play in each particular story, encouraging an emotional response towards a character's unrequited love, moral courage and the natural environment. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

'The Nightingale'

'The Snow Queen'

'Thumbelina'

'The Ugly Duckling'

'The Steadfast Tin Soldier'

'The Little Mermaid'

'The Storks'

 

 

 

A limited amount of black and gold risograph flyers were available at the launch of the exhibition on Saturday December 5th 2015.

The design/construction of my booklets, the risograph flyers and typography are all down to the marvellous design skills of Isobel Seacombe.

Limited prints are available of each illustration as well as a few of the originals. Please email me for more information.