It’s been a while since I’ve posted an instalment in my spotlight series, in which I highlight a person, place or thing from the bookish world that I love. Today is the turn of Robert Ingpen, an illustrator and writer from Australia who is probably best known for his beautiful artistic interpretation of several children’s classics, including the likes of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Peter Pan and Wendy, The Jungle Book and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, to name just a few. Many of these are available in lovely unabridged hardback editions from Templar Publishing, which are my favourite editions to collect with regards to Ingpen’s work.
His style is warm, colourful, enchanting, and expressive yet detailed; perfectly suited to the charm and whimsy of timeless tales such as those mentioned above. I think he has a particular flair for depicting animals, which form some of my favourite pieces by him.
There’s not much else that needs to be said, really. Instead, I think I’ll just let his work speak for itself and urge you all to check him out if you haven’t already.
Do you have any books illustrated by Ingpen? Which is your favourite?