Many know Nick Bantock as the author and illustrator of Griffin and Sabine, which rocked the publishing world when it debuted in 1991. A love story and picture book for grown-ups, this book would go on to sell millions of copies and validate the quirky artist’s insistence on doing things his way. Almost 30 years later, Nick continues to create and illustrate images that do not give answers but instead encourage the viewer to ask questions of themselves and form their own questions.

Graphite Tales features a variety of drawings, some from previously published books and others from a new series of ‘graphite narratives.’ The narrative drawings, making up the majority of the exhibit, are accompanied by 24 individual 100-word stories. Nick states, “Our society tends to be dominated by written and spoken language, assuming that the image is subservient to the word.” The artist encourages the viewer to observe the images first and only then match the story to the drawing.


All framed images are available for purchase (unless marked NFS).

Tuesday, July 23, Art Gallery

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