A kaleidoscopically beautiful new graphic novel for international sensation Brecht Evens.
Belgian cartoonist Brecht Evens was born in 1986 and studied illustration in Ghent. In 2011 he won the Angouleme 'Audacity' prize for his comic The Wrong Place (2009). He lives in Brussels, where he lives on illustration work and Flemish cartoonist-grants. http-//brechtnieuws.blogspot.com/
An outstandingly beautiful art object. Executed in gorgeous,
*Dazed and Confused*
The soft, lush watercolour art is 10 shades of gorgeous.
Evens is the finest ambassador for Belgian illustration since Hergé, and his book, so original and so gorgeous-looking, comes with the warm-hearted message that, however silly and pompous this world can sometimes be, in the end, art only ever brings people together… Turning the pages, you never know what you'll find next: a scene from a children's fairytale, lush and magical; a comic strip, busy and droll; or a nightmare straight out of the lost sketchbook of Edvard Munch.
Continues in the splendidly evocative style of Evens’s debut, The Wrong Place, its watercolours covering the page in a vibrant blur that is brilliantly accessible yet very different…a comic whose rich, surreal artwork is a joy to behold.
Brecht Evens is an artist of an amazing kind. This is an astoundingly beautiful book, the pages are vibrant with juicy watercolour illustrations, frequently spilling outside of the graphic novel’s traditional panel format. The colour and the freeflowing nature of the drawings inspire a feeling of happiness.
A graphic novel done entirely in watercolor celebrates the versatility and edginess of an often mild medium. The intricate visual language of overlapping figures and structures, with frequent explosions of flora, fauna, and fire, draw the reader into a deceptively straightforward story. A big-city artist participates in a small-town art show, where he meets the salt-of-the-earth show organizer, a spiral drawing psychotic, a tag along with alien eyes, and an ingenue documenting their artistic process. The artist grows impatient with the amateurs and rallies everyone to create a colossal sculpture of a garden gnome. He also has a pleasant tryst with the ingenue. At the story's core are compelling questions about the cynicism and hope that fuel the artistic process. Verdict A bold statement about the medium as message-simultaneously surreal and organic-Evens's watercolors reveal how art can be as natural as breathing and as unpredictable as a summer storm. For art lovers moonlighting as graphic novel fans and for graphic novel fans willing to dive into a foreign and lovely world of visual language.-Emilia Packard, Bloomington, IN (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.