Ward Brackett began his illustration career in the 1930's and by the 50's he was producing editorial paintings for the likes of 'Good Housekeeping' - usually to accompany the sort short stories that magazines don't carry any more.
By the 60's Brackett, was exploring a very different way of working (whilst maintaing the highly wrought, painterly approach) that has been described as 'sophisticated crudeness'. This style is a mixed media playground where collage and gestural mark making come together in a playful and exciting visual world.
Brackett, created several childrens' books in this way and it's one of those that we're going to show off.
Bought recently from a library in Indiana (via Amazon) You Will Live Under the Sea, is a 1966 children's book about mans future beneath the waves, illustrated by Ward Brackett in his alternate, collaged, sophisticatedly crude style.
On closer inspection the collage and textural nature of the illustration process is evident.
Remember, all of this work was created decades before photoshop. I expect to see you all jostling for the photocopier over the coming weeks.