Cinema and the Arts as Sermons: THE FANTASY ART OF ARTHUR RACKHAM

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"I've been a huge admirer of Arthur Rackham's work ever since I first encountered it in my late teens. And although he's featured briefly in other videos I figured he was worth a video to himself. This isn't any kind of biography but more a review of what I think are highlights from his long career. If you want to see more there are many books and a massive web presence." Pete Beard

Arthur Rackham ( September 1867 – September 1939) was an English book illustrator. He is considered to be one of the leading figures during the Golden Age of British book illustration. His work was characterized by its robust pen/ink drawings, which combined the use of watercolour, a technique he developed as a journalistic illustrator.

Along with The Lord of the Rings, The Chronicles of Narnia a book that influenced me most and helped in my salvation process with the Lord was The Wind in the Willows illustrated by Arthur Rackham (published after his death). Even today his distinctive style is unique and there is no others like him. The quaint, unique and atmospheric illustrations take me back to my very young years as they help suspend disbelief. Rackham illustrated many other works as well.

Arthur Rackham

Arthur Rackham Biography

Rackham's illustrations for Lewis Carrol's Alice in Wonderland set the stage for more work. During the 1920s Rackham’s reputation went overseas. The privations of the First World War had discouraged British enthusiasm for deluxe illustrated books, a new generation of collectors was now present in the United States. Rackham illustrated a variety of books for the American market, including Where the Blue Begins by Christopher Morley (1925), Washingon Irving’s The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (1928), and Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Mystery and Imagination (1935).

Here is a link to The Arthur Rackham Society

Link to Arthur Rackham: A Biography Paperback – April 1, 1994 (Amazon)

God created the heavens and the earth and He is the Creator of all things. We are made in his image and therefore we are creative beings. God has given us an imagination and each one of us talents and gifts. We are all artists, and art can be done by everyone.

Art should be beautiful, communicate truth and be accessible to all. For me, this is through either doing my own art or seeing and appreciating the artwork of others. As a sinner in need of redemption and in my daily walk with Christ I demonstrate my faith and also do my best to spread the Gospel through the beauty of the written word and art.

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