out Holly's artistic friends and associates:
art has been popular enough in recent years that it is possible to find
a great variety of coffetable books on both specific artists and on
certain art movements. This page is by no means a complete listing nor
a very comprehensive one. Instead, it is meant as a place to begin looking
at some great faery art and begin exploring the artists that created
thorough explorations, look at the fairy
tale artists page on Heidi Anne Heiner's SurLaLune
site and fairy
art collection page on Christine Norstrand's Art
Passions site. For further reading on the subject, look at Terri
Windling's essay on the Victorian
Fairy Painters on her Endicott
Studio of Mythic Arts site. You might also want to take a look at
a site called, plainly enough, fairyartists.com.
offscreen looking, Bud Plant's extensive
catalog of illustrated books will probably have what you are looking
painters' work included some exquisite paintings of creatures from folklore,
including mermaids, witches, and sirens. Sir
Edward Byrne-Jones (1833-1898), John
William Waterhouse (1849-1917), Dante
Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882) the brother of poet Christina Rossetti
who wrote "Goblin Market," and Sir
John Everett Millais (1829-1896) are particularly notable for painting
the same period there were several other notable faery painters not
painting in the Pre-Raphealite tradition, including Richard
Doyle (1824-1883), John
Atkinson (1836-1893), and Richard
Naid by John William Waterhouse
Chase of the White Mice by John Anster Fitzgerald
few years later another group of painters came to prominence. Some still
painted in the Pre-Raphealite style, such as Edward
Robert Hughes (1851-1914), Henry
Maynell Rheam (1859-1920), and Frank
Cadogan Cowper (1877-1958), who is considered to be the last of
Rackham (1867-1939) was distinctly different, however. His faery
illustrations may be the most well known of all the Victorian faery
faery artists working during this period were John
Anster Fitzgerald (1819-1906), who painted many opulent and strange
faery works, and Charles
Rennie Mackintosh (1868-1928).
many of the well-known faery painters were British, some of the most
influencial were not. One of the earliest was the Swiss painter, Henry
painter, Edmund Dulac (1882-1953), Dutch painter, Kay
Neilson (1886-1957), and Australian painter, Ida
Rentoul Outhwaite (1888-1960), and the Swedish painter, John
Baur (1882-1918) were all painting faeries and fairy tales in distinct
and unique ways during the same period.
to the 1920s is often called the "golden age" of illustration
because of the influence the artists had on later generations.
Little Mermaid by Edmund Dulac
Kills Fafner by Arthur Rackham
the modern faery artists are associated with the Mythic
Arts Movement. Terri Windling's Endicott
Studio Gallery page features essays on such notable modern faery artists as Brian
Froud, Charles Vess, Thomas Canty and Alan Lee.
Scalora is notable for her faery photography, which was published
in a coffeetable book and on various young adult book covers including
Block's I Was a Teenage Fairy.
Wolf's Changeling: The Dreaming and WOTC's Magic: the Gathering collected a another small group of faery artists including Rebecca
Guay and Tony Diterlizzi,
who have gone on to illustrate faeries and fairy tales in books.
are many, many more faery artists working today as well as more that
have made significant contributions in the past. Undoubtedly, there
will be still more to come in the future. And to me, that is a very
good thing indeed.