Thames & Hudson, London, UK
A History of Pictures for Children
Text by David Hockney and Martin Gayford, illustrations by Rose Blake
What the Jury said:
A conversation between artist David Hockney and the art critic Martin Gayford offers children a unique journey through the history of images and the process of artistic creation. The book shows new ways of introducing children to visual culture. Illustrator Rose Blake does the impossible, connecting images representing a wide range of art forms, visual languages, and master works, from the Lascaux Caves to Hockney’s own iPad creations. Her small joyfully humorous vignettes are brimming with narrative verve. Indeed, illustration is here the key to whetting children’s interest in visual culture. As a project, the book and its interplay of dialogue are profoundly new, casting into question myths and prejudices that have often hindered an authentic, meaningful relationship with art. It accompanies the reader as she discovers the essence of artistic creation and art. This book is a gift for all ages.