Before we are out of February’s special spotlight on the contributions and endeavors of African American individuals and culture, we should make sure to note this year’s Caldecott award winner, Jerry Pinkney. His detailed watercolors have won a handful of Coretta Scott King Illustrator awards – literally, he has won five times. His other hand is full of Caldecott Honors, five of those as well, including his most recent Medal for The Lion and The Mouse. Mr. Pinkney has a large body of work illustrating Aesop’s Fables and many other works with African American subjects. He’s a really thoughtful artist; just listen a little of what he has to say in some of these interviews I was especially rapt with his comments on the Magic in the Line segment, the power of lines to create moods, set rhythms, and define spaces.
Here are some more paintings from Mr. Pinkney to persuse. If you love ’em, reserve them and borrow them from the library!