STOCKBRIDGE, MASS.- Norman Rockwell Museum
continues its ongoing Distinguished Illustrator Series this spring by exploring the work of the innovative Hungarian-born artist Istvan Banyai, whose unique approach to image-making found an unlikely home in the United States; the exhibition, Istvan Banyai: Stranger in a Strange Land is on view at the Museum from March 9 through May 5, 2013.
The intelligence of Istvan Banyais imagery and elegance of his execution captivated me from the start, notes Norman Rockwell Museum Chief Curator Stephanie Plunkett. In his smartly constructed visual world, people move fluidly through time and space, eerily disconnected from one another, and shadows seem to have a mind of their own. Pointed in its commentary, Banyais art also conveys an air of quiet mystery, and his absorbing illustrations inspire more questions than answers, a reminder that things are not always what they seem.
Istvan Banyais elegant, incisive artworks have been sought after by clients throughout the world; his striking imagery has appeared on the covers and pages of The New Yorker, Atlantic Monthly, Playboy, Rolling Stone, Mother Jones, The New York Times, GQ and Esquire, and in work for Absolut Vodka, Nickelodeon, MTV Europe and Encyclopedia Britannica. The artist is also the creator of such acclaimed childrens picture books as Zoom, Re-Zoom, The Other Side, and REM, whose unexpected perspectives have made him one of the most original and iconoclastic illustrators today.
The Norman Rockwell Museum Distinguished Illustrator Series honors the unique contributions of outstanding visual communicators today. Presented by the Rockwell Center for American Visual Studies, the nations first research institute devoted to the art of illustration, the Distinguished Illustrator Series reflects the impact and evolution of Norman Rockwells beloved profession, exploring a diverse and ever-changing field.