October 13, 2014
Hello…..Monday has returned. The best part of Monday on this blog: Spotlight Artist! Mervyn Peake is that artist today. He was a man of many talents…
Mervyn Peake was an English artist, writer, poet, and illustrator. His best known work was the Gormenghast books conceived as a lengthy cycle, compared to R.R. Tolkien.
In 1929, Peake briefly studied at the Croydon School of Art before enrolling at the Royal Academy. He exhibited with the Sark artists both in the Sark Gallery and at the Leger Galleries in 1935 in London. By 1936, Peake commissioned to design the sets and costumes for Insect Play, which was acclaimed in the Sunday Times, and teached life drawing at the Westminster School of Art. In 1938, he had a successful exhibition of 20 paintings and 33 drawings at the Calmann Gallery in London.
In December 1939 he was commissioned by publisher Chatto and Windus to illustrate a children’s book, Ride a Cock Horse and other Nursery Rhymes. He became a war artist during the outbreak of World War II, commissioned, here’s that word again, by various newspapers to depict war scenes.
Peake also wrote poetry and literary nonsense in verse form, short stories for adults and children. He even wrote stage and radio plays. Mr. Peake wore many hats!
Here are some of his illustrations:
featured image by Mervyn Peake, courtesy of http://www.forestofbowland.com