Archive for February 2, 2015

Artist of the moment……..Sir John Tenniel



After seeing the works of the previous post, Ericailcane, I thought we should take a closer look at an artist whose work is very similar, John Tenniel.

John Tenniel was born in London, England in the year 1820. Tenniel is famous for being the original illustrator of the children’s book Alice in Wonderland. He also was the chief political cartoonist for England’s Punch magazine for more than five decades.

Tenniel originally attended the Royal Academy of Art but left early as he was upset by the quantity of teaching he was receiving at the institution.

An interesting fact is that the artist lost sight in his right eye as the result of a fencing accident. The artist was practicing fencing with his father when the protective tip of his dad’s foil (sword) became loose. Tenniel hid the fact from his father how bad the accident damaged his eye.

In this clip we view some prints by John Tenniel appearing for the first time in Russia:

Tenniel was knighted becoming a sir in 1893. He was the first artist or illustrator to be knighted.

Tenniel was also a highly talented watercolorist.

John Tenniel passed away in 1914 at the age of 94.

Price range information: Many prints can be found for a few thousand dollars. Not enough price information available for pricing on oil paintings.

Its very interesting to see the works of Tenniel and Ericailcane side by side. We can see where Ericailcane has added so much to the creatures and animals by using color and working in such a vast size.


Artist of the moment………Ericailcane

The third work from the bottom is a collaboration with artist Blu.

Ericailcane is a fantastic street artist from Belluno, Italy. His style of street art blends animal creatures with human features, clothing,  and situations. Ericailcane works as an illustrator, printmaker, animator of short video works, and an installation artist.

His father owned a printing press and the artist made his first print at the age of 8 years old.

The name now refers to a single artist, but the group began as a trio.

The artist finds inspiration from Victorian era children’s books illustrations.

Ericailcane attended college in Bologna, Italy.

The artist often works with street artist Blu creating very large multiple story murals. Below we view a large mural made by Blu and Ericailcane:

Price range information: Sorry none available.

Below a link to the website of the Ericailcane:

In this clip we view a time lapse of the artists at work painting some animals:

I enjoy the human qualities of the creatures depicted by Ericailcane. His work reminds of artist John Tenniel, the illustrator of the original Alice in Wonderland book. Tenniel was also great at drawing animals with human qualities.