Brian Wildsmith was a British painter, an award winning children’s book illustrator and lifelong nature lover. His love and fascination for our planet with all its components is present in all of his work and extends to his paintings. Over a period of fifty years, he illustrated 82 books, most featuring animals in colorful guises. He had a jewel-like palate of Klimt, and drew animals that were a joy to behold. Everything in Wildsmith’s illustrations sings with life, seeming to cry out: “I am a beautiful living thing. Your life is precious, too.
The artist wrote in 2008,“Our children are our inheritance and our future. They are the building blocks of our civilizations, and we are inclined sometimes to forget this important and crucial fact. It is important to remember that at birth a child’s soul is like an empty book in which anything may be written. Let us sharpen our wits and pencils and make sure that what we write and paint will fly the child into a world of joy and wonder and imagination. We must write in those books about love, humour, compassion, truth, understanding, justice… profitable wonders that will determine how our children will develop and help build a happier and more peaceful world.”
To buy a copy of Animal Gallery: https://www.brianwildsmith.com/the-book