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DAVID DELAMARE ON ILLUSTRATING ALICE: "In 2008, after painting an image for an invitational Alice in Wonderland exhibition, I found myself haunted by the characters from the book. I was working on [a] piece...when the entire cast of Wonderland characters began to shift in my mind. Specifically, they began taking on animal masks, or perhaps, removing their human ones. The Mad Hatter, for instance appeared as a baboon and the Queen of Hearts as a warthog. Seeing those strange flashes, I was compelled to document them and the book project was born." David passed away in 2016--this is signed by his collaborator, model and wife, Wendy Ice. David drew and signed a bookplate for us for another project in 1998. This is included at no charge.
Eight years and a successful Kickstarter campaign later, here is the book--packed with artwork on nearly every page. It is a true labor of love. David's previous books included Animerotics, Man in the Moon, Cinderella, The Nutcracker and The Steadfast Tin Soldier. Aside from this project, his most recent work was special commissions and personal works which might then come up for sale. His work was also adapted to cards and prints that were exclusively available online.
This deluxe volume is very similar to the storybooks that were read by Victorian children—with a cloth cover, embossed foil titles, sewn binding, and a full color overlay on the front. It comes in a slipcase with a sewn-in ribbon bookmark.
Here's more from David: "I had long been a fan of the tale. It was, along with Wind in The Willows and Peter Pan, among my favorite imaginative works. But I had never been tempted to illustrate it. "
"Illustrating Alice in Wonderland is a bit like agreeing to play Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire. The quintessential version has already been done. The best you can hope for is to provide the audience with a new lens, a personal one that in its subjectivity might give new entry into a familiar but complex landscape."
"Too intimidated to take on the book, but unable to ignore the call of the characters, I determined to paint just a few images. This was the fairytale equivalent of stepping tentatively into the woods, only to realize that the trees had closed behind me and there was no turning back."
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Item Code ALICWHS Publisher Wendy Ice Publish Date 2016 ISBN 9780996720649 Binding Hard Cover - No Dustjacket Dimensions 9x11 # Pages 134pg Color Text/Full Color