Artless: Art & Illustration by Simple Means

By Marc Valli and Amandas Ong

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  • Hardback
  • 372 color illustrations
  • 272 pages
  • 10¼ x 7⅜ ins
  • ISBN 9781780678535
  • Published October 2016

Artless presents some of the most compelling images created by contemporary artists and illustrators using the simplest of tools, from coloured pencils, Sharpies, crayons and watercolours to clay, found objects, Sellotape and card, or scissors and glue, creating images that are arresting because of their originality and spontaneity.

Through individual interviews with 49 artists, Artless looks at how and why these particular artists find the intimate connection between the unassuming tools they use and the art they create. The end results are images imbued with a great sense of fun and spontaneity.

About the Author

Marc Valli is the founder of the retail and book-selling company Magma as well as the magazines Graphic and Elephant. His books include RGB: Reviewing Graphics in Britain, Walk the Line, Microworlds and A Brush with the Real: Figurative Painting Today. 

Amandas Ong is a social anthropologist, occasional art writer, and was previously web editor of the visual arts quarterly Elephant.

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1. Ianna Andreadis – Greece/France 

2. Edouard Baribeaud – France/Germany 

3. Tiziana Jill Beck – Germany/France 

4. Virginie Bergeret – France

5. Serge Bloch  - France/USA 

6. Laura Carlin – UK

7. Edith Carron – France/Germany 

8. Sofia Clausse – Brazil/Portugal 

9. Damien Florebert Cuypers – France/USA

10. Jean-Philippe Delhomme – France/USA

11. Marion Deuchars – UK

12. Nathalie Du Pasquier – France/Italy 

13. Juliette Etrivert – France

14. Daniel Frost – UK 

15. Si-Ying Fung – Germany

16. Louis Granet – France

17. Sofie Grevelius – Sweden

18. Kim Hiorthoy – Norway/Germany  

19. Masanao Hirayama – Japan 

20. Kyu Hwang – South Korea

21. Marie Jacotey – France/UK

22. Faye Coral Johnson – UK 

23. Misaki Kawai – Japan/USA

24. Anna Kovecses – Hungary/Greece

25. Patrick Kyle – Canada 

26. Simon Landrein – France/UK 

27. Miju Lee – South Korea/Spain

28. Maria Luque – Argentina

29. Clara Markman – France

30. Vania Mignone – Brazil 

31. Virginie Morgand – France 

32. Robert Nicol – UK

33. Malin Gabriella Nodin – Sweden 

34. Marcus Oakley – UK 

35. Adrien Parlange – France 

36. Jeremy Piningre – France 

37. Federica Del Proposto – Italy/France

38. Zoran Pungercar – Slovenia 

39. Brian Rea – USA

40. Rand Renfrow – USA 

41. Emily Robertson – UK 

42. Sammy Stein – France 

43. Zoe Taylor – UK      44. Simon Thompson – France

45. Charlotte Trounce – UK      46. Alice Tye – UK 

47. Emi Ueoka – Japan/Australia     48. Clement Vuillier – France 

49. Philippe Weisbecker – Senegal/France