Boekmerk 50 (2015/4)

We present the eleventh sequence in the series about famous artists who have made ex-libris. This second article about the South of Europe deals with the Italian artists Sartorio, Sassu, Segantini, Severini, Stella and Valentini.

Afterwards Theo Maes discusses the ex-libris series of nine muses (based on the Greek mythology) that Martin R. Baeyens designed for Belgian and Dutch Graphia members. After discussing the role these nine muses played in Greek mythology, Theo lets the owners of the bookplates comment on their preference for one specific muse.

Again Martin R. Baeyens selected a few surprising variants from his collection. This time remarkable pairs made by Emil Orlik, Jakob Höttinger and Bruno Heroux are reproduced.

We don’t only present a Walloon collector in this issue, but also a Walloon graphic artist. This way we’d like to give the southern part of our nation some attention in the hope of building some form of cultural bridge that could bring both country regions closer together. The Walloon collector (in fact the only Graphia member from the south of Belgium!) is Jacky Antoine, who was introduced to the ex-libris by the renown collector Serge Golifman. The graphic artist is Christine Ravaux, an internationally recognized specialist of the mezzotint. Her small-size, somewhat mysterious symbolic designs seem to contain a warm glow coming from within the heart of the image.

At the last IEC competition three Polish artists were rewarded, all of them quite young and from the same region. In search of an explanation for this surprising circumstance, we found the answer during a talk with the Polish CGD-specialist Krzysztof Marek Bak. He is not only a highly appreciated bookplate designer, but also a university professor leading the Digital Exlibris Studio (DExS) of the Art Academy of Cieszyn, an academy supervised by the University of Silezia in Katowice. In this studio, Bak explains, students specializing in the graphic arts are asked to concentrate on the design of bookplates and occasional graphics, which makes them specialists in this field after their graduation (with the happy result of them winning quite some rewards!).

Anastasia Melnikova is a young graphic artist from Ukraine. She works in etching and aquatint and has a preference for designs that seem to be inspired by the English Pre-Rafaelites (but also by her father, the painter Alexander Melnikov). From 2011 onwards she has designed colourful bookplates that are often individualized by the use of watercolour.

After having presented the winners of the latest IEC-competition in Boekmerk 48, Ward Bohé now discusses some trends resulting from the analysis of that competition: the globalization of the competition, the growing age of the participants, the predominance of the traditional techniques and the growing amount of free graphics.

Recent ex-libris reproduced in this issue are made by Konstantin Antioukhin, Elena Antonova, Willy Braspennincx, Veselin Damyanov-ves, Marina Richter, Igor Shokoladov, and Ulyana Turchenko.

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