Monthly Archives: November 2015

Great Illuminated Classics

Tales of Mystery and Imagination illustrated by Harry Clarke

Tales of Mystery and Imagination illustrated by Harry Clarke

Moby Dick illustrated by Matt Kish

Moby-Dick illustrated by Matt Kish

Fahrenheit 451 illuminated by Tim Hamilton

Fahrenheit 451 illuminated by Tim Hamilton

The Four Holy Gospels illuminated by Makoto Fujimura

The Four Holy Gospels illuminated by Makoto Fujimura

The Lord of the Rings illustrated by Alan Lee

The Lord of the Rings illustrated by Alan Lee

Inferno illustrated by Gustave Dore

Inferno illustrated by Gustave Dore

Frankenstein illuminated by Gris Grimly

Frankenstein illuminated by Gris Grimly

Heart of Darkness illustrated by Matt Kish

Heart of Darkness illustrated by Matt Kish

Song of Myself illuminated by Allen Crawford

Song of Myself illuminated by Allen Crawford

The Hobbit illustrated by Tolkien himself

The Hobbit illustrated by Tolkien himself

Beowulf illuminated by Gareth Hinds

Beowulf illuminated by Gareth Hinds

At the Mountains of Madness illuminated by I.N.J. Culbard

At the Mountains of Madness illuminated by I.N.J. Culbard

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Thursday Thoughts: On Nonconformity

Ben Shahn

Ben Shahn

“But it seems to be less obvious somehow that to create anything at all in any field, and especially anything of outstanding worth, requires nonconformity, or want of satisfaction with things as they are. The creative person–the nonconformist–may be in profound disagreement with the present way of things, or he may simply wish to add his views, to render a personal account of matters…

…Without the person of outspoken opinion, however, without the critic, without the visionary, with the nonconformist, any society of whatever degree of perfection must fall into decay. Its habits (let us say its virtues) will inevitably become entrenched and tyrannical; its controls will become inaccessible to the ordinary citizen.

But I do not wish to underrate the importance of the conformist himself–or perhaps an apter term would be the conservative. In art, the conservative is the vigorous custodian of the artistic treasures of a civilization, of its established values and its tastes…However greatly the creative artist may chafe at entrenched conservatism, it is still quite true that his own work is both sustained and enriched by it…

…Nonconformity is the basic pre-condition of art, as it is the precondition of good thinking and therefore of growth and greatness in a people.”

~Ben Shahn, On Nonconformity

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Check Out My Updated Website

http://www.jacobrowanstudios.com/

I just finished updating my website. There are a lot of new drawings and two completely new galleries in the portfolio section. Be sure to check it out and share it with your friends!

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Thursday Thoughts: Abstraction

Ben Shahn

Ben Shahn

“Abstraction is perhaps the most classic of the contemporary points of view. IT sometimes seems to have much in common with that art which has sought to reject content, but actually it has not, for in the case of abstraction content is its point of departure, its cue, and its theme. To abstract is to draw out the essence of a matter. To abstract in art is to separate certain fundamentals from the irrelevant material which surrounds them.”

~Ben Shahn The Shape of Content

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