A celebration of Ana Juan’s versatile and intriguing talent.
A catalogue of works taken from her extensive production that stages oneiric visions – fascinating, agonizing, ironic or sordid – bringing her manifold characters to the forefront.
The absolute protagonist of her images is the body, which prevails over space and objects in terms of size and plasticity. There are countless references to classic painting: the chromatic and sculptural majesty of Tamara de Lempicka’s women, Marc Chagall’s romantic and floating atmospheres, Gauguin and Modigliani’s portraits, the curves of Picasso’s Guernica, The Kiss by Klimt. And also expressionist and cubist influences, flaming hair reminiscent of pre-Raphaelite art and echoes of a certain Japanese syncretism.
The book gathers the covers for the novels by Isabel Allende and The New Yorker magazine, the illustrations for La revista de El Mundo and El País, the posters designed for film festivals such as Tokyo’s Latin Beat Film Festival, circuses and book fairs…
Fascinating interiors immersed in early twentieth century atmospheres alternate with fairy-tale landscapes and exuberant still-lives with living intruders, but above all with portraits, of both realistic and imaginative characters, caught in a range of moods. The book includes the illustrations of Ana Juan’s books published by Logos edizioni: the snapshots of Amantes, representing years, days or minutes of love from an unusual point of view; the bizarre protagonists of the sombre black charcoals revived by rare dashes of colour in Circus; the illustrations loaded with sensuousness and mysterious symbols in Promises, a dance of black and red; the sordid black and white images of Snowhite, a sarcastic interpretation of the classic tale of the Brothers Grimm; the stormy nightmare of L’Isola; the voluptuous red hair that pierces the grey and sepia tones of the charcoal in Sorelle; the deep black ink dripping with suspense in Demeter. And two illustrations from the #SPACCACUORE series, released in March 2015.
From blinding riots of colours to deep black ink, this book will project you into a kaleidoscope of styles, techniques and atmospheres, which will delight your eyes and let your mind travel.
Ana Juan is a Spanish illustrator, author and painter. Born in Valencia in 1961, she moved to Madrid in the early 1980s. She exhibits her works and publishes her books all over the world – Spain, United States, Japan. Well acknowledged for her original, melancholic, romantic and sometimes merciless interpretation of reality and its stories, Ana has illustrated several covers for the New Yorker, editorials for El País and the covers of many novels by Isabel Allende and others classics of the world literature.
Ana Juan was awarded – among other prizes – the Ezra Jack Keats Prize for best new illustrator (The Night Eater, 2005), the Premio Junceda de Ilustración (For you are a Kenyan Child, 2007) and, in 2010, the prestigious Premio Nacional de Ilustración by the Spanish Ministry of Culture.
Books published by #logosedizioni: Amantes (from which the following short stories have also been individually published: Different Love, Faithful Love, Fickle Love, Final Love, Unknown Love and Weekly Love (all available also in Italian, Spanish and French), Circus, L’isola, Snowhite, Sorelle, Postcards Ana Juan, Demeter (also available in Italian, French and Spanish), Promises (also available in Italian, French and Spanish), Complete Works, Carmilla, Lacrimosa (also available in Italian and French), Frida and Anna dei miracoli.
|Cover||Hardcover with jacket|
|Dimensions||cm 21,0 x 27,0|
|Le illustrazioni di Ana Juan||IlPost.it||www||07-10-2014|
|Un viaggio nel mondo fantastico di Ana Juan||XL La Repubblica||www||01-11-2014|
|Moda Illustrata||Io Donna - Il Corriere della Sera||29-11-2014|
|I disegni di Ana Juan, l'illustratrice preferita dall'Allende e dal New Yorker||Huffingtonpost.it||www||13-04-2015|