The latest whimsical watercolors from Wallace Edwards have the same quirky styling that has characterized his books since he won his first Governor General’s award for children’s illustration a decade ago. You can flip through that prize-winning work, called Alphabeasts, by going to this link and clicking the pages.
Above: The Passing Parade (2011) 29.5 x 41.5 watercolor, colored pencil, and gouache
His last book, Cat’s Pajamas was full of the whimsical illustrations that have made him one of the country’s best known kid-lit illustrators and authors. It explains idioms to children in engaging pictures (like A Lot to Draw on, below, left; and Frog in his Throat, below, right).
Edwards spent 20 years as a commercial artist, notably at the Metro Toronto Zoo, where the signage and animal identification plaques bear his original artwork. A recent exhibit named from the title of his newest book – Uncle Wally’s Old Brown Shoe – at Ingram Gallery highlights his capability with detail. (The two works at the top of this blog are also from that show).
Wallace Edwards biography and more of his art, here.