Interview with Kinuko Craft

Monday, January 19, 2009.

There’s long been a distinction made between pure art and children’s picture book art. Picture book art has a tradition of being playful in all manner of stories, fun and serious, an approach not yet adopted by art puritans.

Inspired by the her grandfather’s books of renaissance art she enjoyed as a young girl, Kinuko Y. Craft has been creating some of the most sophisticated art ever to appear in picture books — books that she insists are mistakenly viewed as exclusively for children.

K. Y. Craft speaks with Mark about storytelling through art, the time it takes to complete each of her illustrations and her quest for the perfect painting.

The following books, illustrated by K. Y. Craft, are mentioned in the podcast:

Photo courtesy of K. Y. Craft.

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