Sophie Blackall: Stories-Pictures-Books

May 2, 2012 - August 24, 2012
Central Library, Youth Wing
Sophie Blackall: Stories-Pictures-Books

Original illustrations and sketches including work from The Crows of Pearblossom, Edwin Speaks Up, Spinster Goose, Wombat Walkabout and the Ivy Bean series. Additional artwork
from Ruby’s Wish, Big Red Lollipop, Pecan Pie Baby, Are You Awake? and many others will also be on display, along with bits and pieces of ephemera collected in the process of making books.

BPL, Sophie BlackallSophie Blackall is a Brooklyn-based Australian artist who has illustrated over twenty books for children, including the Ezra Jack Keats Award-winning Ruby’s Wish. Her editorial illustrations have appeared in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, and her poster commissioned by the New York City MTA Arts for Transit program is currently in subway trains all over the city. Blackall has collaborated with many notable authors, including Aldous Huxley, Jacqueline Woodson, Jane Yolen and Meg Rosoff. In addition to art and illustration, Blackall has also alternately worked as an almond picker, has painted animatronic characters for theme parks and written a magazine column about stain removal. She enjoys eavesdropping on buses, collecting old photographs, and sifting through faded telegrams at flea markets. She also likes fireworks, sunsets and baby bunnies.

Blackall’s first book for adults, Missed Connections: Love, Lost & Found (Workman Publishing; October 2011), began as a blog in early 2009 and continues today as a series of paintings based on real, anonymous messages posted online by lovelorn strangers.

To contact Sophie Blackall:
www.sophieblackall.com | sophie@sophieblackall.com

Visit Sophie Blackall's other exhibition, "Drawn From My Father's Adventures" in the Lobby Gallery (next to the Multilingual Center).