Author(s): Angus Hyland
"The Purple Book" is a luxurious compendium of contemporary illustration that explores fantasy, sensuality and the erotic imagination. It highlights visual art and the written word as media for representing human desires relationship with the dream-state, make-believe, and symbolism. Much of the work by illustrators exploring these themes is unpublished, personal work, and many works here appear in print for the first time. As well as a treasury of portfolios by 21 of the very best international contemporary illustrators, a series of specially-commissioned works illustrate five classic literary texts that have inspired the themes of "The Purple Book". The personalities behind this commissioned work are revealed through interviews with their creators, exploring the imaginative process behind their visual fantasies and how this translates into the final artwork. The title of the book is inspired by "The Yellow Book", the periodical published in the 1890s and initially art directed by Aubrey Beardsley. While the colour yellow represented the daringly salacious in the 1890s, today the colour purple is synonymous with opulence and sensuality.
Angus Hyland is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a partner at Pentagram Design London. His work for Laurence King includes (with Roanne Bell) Hand to Eye (2003), The Picture Book (2010) and, with Steven Bateman, Symbol (2011). Angharad Lewis is an independent writer and editor and former editor of Grafik magazine. She has contributed articles to Eye, Icon, Crafts and Etapes magazines and contributed to, authored and edited books including Public Address System (2006), Street Talk (2006) and for Laurence King Materials Process Print (2007). In 2012 she launched online magazine and design retailer Up Side Up.
page 07 Foreword by Angus Hyland page 09 Introduction by Angharad Lewis page 19 Laura Laine: interview & portfolio page 25 Goblin Market by Christina Rossetti, illustrated by Laura Laine page 42 Contemporary illustration by Laura Laine, Yuko Michishita, Miss Van, Deanne Cheuk, Daisy Fletcher, Tran Nguyen, Conrad Roset, Tim Hon Hung Lee, Yuko Shimizu, Izzie Klingels page 63 Vania Zouravliov: interview & portfolio page 71 Eleonora by Edgar Allan Poe, illustrated by Vania Zouravliov page 80 Contemporary illustration by Vania Zouravliov, Amelie Hegardt, Tim Hon Hung Lee, Izzie Klingels, Dan Hillier, Sam Wolfe Connelly page 99 Jules Julien: interview & portfolio page 107 An extract from Story of the Eye by Georges Bataille, illustrated by Jules Julien page 116 Contemporary illustration by Izzie Klingels, Jules Julien, Yukari Terakado, Miss Van, Makiko Sugawa, Soey Milk, Sam Wolfe Connelly, Amelie Hegardt, Jasper Goodall, Jesse Auersalo, Yuko Shimizu page 137 Andrzej Klimowski: interview & portfolio page 147 Szamota's Mistress by Stefan Grabinski, illustrated by Andrzej Klimowski page 156 Contemporary illustration by Yuko Shimizu, Natalie Ratkovski, Deanne Cheuk, Yuko Michishita, Dan Hillier, Daisy Fletcher, Kelly Thompson, Makiko Sugawa, Soey Milk page 175 Martine Johanna: interview & portfolio page 183 Extract from Ulysses by James Joyce, illustrated by Martine Johanna page 190 Contemporary illustration by Soey Milk, Martine Johanna, Tran Nguyen, Conrad Roset, Elodie Nadreau, Tim Hon Hung Lee, Cho Kyuhyung, Yukari Terakado, Megan Pearce