DK Children Artists: Inspiring Stories of the World's Most Creative Minds
DK Children Artists: Inspiring Stories of the World's Most Creative Minds

Artists: Inspiring Stories of the World's Most Creative Minds



Publication Date: August 9, 2022

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Ages 7 to 9, Grades 2 to 4

Wonder at the incredible stories behind more than 50 artists who have inspired the world. 

Meet the cool creatives behind awe-inspiring art, with this nonfiction book for kids. Pour paint onto a canvas with Jackson Pollock, laugh along with the pranks of Hokusai, and find beauty in your self-portrait with Frida Kahlo, as you follow the stories of more than 50 amazing artists and their groundbreaking work.

Through charming storytelling rich in detail, Artists covers celebrated figures as well as lesser-known trailblazers, each with a tale as intriguing as it is unique. From cat connoisseur Louis Wain and pattern fanatic Yayoi Kusama, to eye-obsessed Margaret Keane, who won a court paint-off to prove her husband had passed off her work as his own—the artists in this book have all used their creativity and complexity to make powerful art that has enriched and inspired the lives of many. These groundbreaking pieces range from those whose beauty keeps you coming back for more, to some that might change your worldview.

Beautiful descriptions of the artists’ lives are brought to life through stunning watercolor illustrations by Jessamy Hawke and fantastic photography highlights the detail of their work.The artists come from all walks of life and parts of the world, making this the perfect book for every budding artist.

About the Author

Susie Hodge Susie is an art expert and author with more than 100 books under her belt, and a fellowship from the Royal Society of Arts. As well as writing about art, she has given talks on topics ranging from Ancient Egyptian artists to Impressionism and modern art, and has appeared on multiple documentaries. Her past books include popular titles such as Why Is Art Full of Naked People? and Why Your Five Year Old Could Not Have Done That: Modern Art Explained—which use Susie’s wealth of knowledge and fun, accessible style to introduce young and older readers to the world of art.

Jessamy Hawke works in ink, gouache, watercolor, and linocut-printmaking, and was the illustrator of DK’s Explorers (2019), Inventors (2020), and Scientists (2021). Jessamy’s project “A Midnight Clear,'' based on William Wharton’s wartime novel, was shortlisted for the 2016 V&A Student Illustrator of the Year Award and was displayed in the V&A Museum in London, and she was Runner-Up in the Little White Lies Creative Brief competition in March 2017. Jessamy’s work has been exhibited in solo shows in London and Oxford. She is also the author of the art blog Her work can be found at or on Instagram under the handle @jessamydrewthat.

Format: Hardcover

Length: 144 pages

Publisher: DK Children

Publication Date: August 9, 2022

ISBN: 9780744056679

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