Graham Percy

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Graham Percy (7 June 1938 – 4 January 2008)[1] was a New Zealand-born artist, designer and illustrator.[2] His work was the subject of The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy, a major posthumous exhibition of his work which was shown at galleries throughout New Zealand including City Gallery Wellington,[3] Gus Fisher Gallery Auckland,[4] Sarjeant Gallery Whanganui,[5] the Rotorua Museum[6] and the Southland Museum and Art Gallery, Invercargill.[2]

Life[edit]

Graham Percy was an artist, designer and illustrator,[2] he was born in Stratford, New Zealand and studied at Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland. After graduating in the early 1960s, Percy worked as an illustrator for the New Zealand School Journal and collaborated with other Auckland-based writers and artists, he designed the typography for a number of Colin McCahon's exhibition invitations and set up one of New Zealand's first design consultancies with Hamish Keith.[3] During this period he designed covers for The End of the Golden Weather and The Pohutukawa Tree by Bruce Mason.[7] In 1964, Percy received a scholarship to study at the Royal College of Art in London. From late 1964 until the end of his life, he lived and worked in London as an illustrator and artist,[3] he was the production designer on the 1973 animated film Hugo the Hippo.[8] While working on the film he met his second wife, the photographer Mari Mahr.[1]

For much of his career, Percy specialised in children's books, illustrating more than 100 works for children.[2] In later years, he produced a body of his own independent art for adults.[9] In 1994, Chronicle Books (San Francisco) published a book of his drawings for adults, Arthouse. In 2007, a further series of his drawings for adults, 'Imagined Histories' was published, supported by the Scottish Arts Council.[10][7] Graham Percy died on 4 January 2008.[1]

Notable works published during his lifetime[edit]

Books illustrated by Percy for children include the following:

  • Illustrations for La Belle au bois dormant[11] (1977) written by Charles Perrault
  • Illustrations for When Dad cuts down the chestnut tree[12] (1988) by Pam Ayres
  • Illustrations for the Fantastic Flying Journey[13] (1987) and Fantastic Dinosaur Adventure[14] (1989) by the noted author and naturalist Gerald Durrell
  • Illustrations for The Woodland Gospels According to Captain Beaky and His Band,[15] by Jeremy Lloyd, Faber and Faber (1990)
  • Illustrations for A cup of starshine (1991)[16] selected by Jill Bennett
  • Illustrations and text for The Cock, the mouse, and the little red hen[17] (1992)
  • Illustrations and text for Lullabies: Poems and Rhymes to Dream on,[18] Running Press (1995) – part of the Library of Congress Miniature Book Collection[19]
  • Design and illustration for the series Graham Percy's Animal Tails,[20] Random House (1995)
  • Illustrations for the illustrated Mother Goose,[21] Running Press (1997)
  • Illustrations for the Wind in the Willows,[22] HarperCollins (1997)
  • Illustrations for The mailbox mice mystery[23] (1999) by Juli Mahr
  • Illustrations for Mama tiger, Baba Tiger[24] (2001) by Juli Mahr

Animated film for children:

  • Production designer[25] of the full-length animated film Hugo the Hippo in Hungary (1970–1972)

Books for adults:

Crime and the Law was a Bulletin for schools, written by Bernard Brown and produced by the Department of Education (1969). It was illustrated by Graham Percy
  • Illustrations for Crime and the law[26] (1969) by Bernard Brown
  • Concept and illustrations for Arthouse[27] (1996), published by Chronicle Books, reviewed in the New York Times,[28] artwork exhibited at Storyopolis gallery[29] in Los Angeles.
  • Concept and illustrations for Imagined Histories[30] (2007), published by Crear, space to create, supported by the Scottish Arts Council.[31]

Posthumous exhibition and book[edit]

The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy was a major posthumous exhibition of Percy's work, it was developed in partnership between City Gallery Wellington and Gus Fisher Gallery, The University of Auckland; it was curated by Gregory O'Brien, leading New Zealand poet, art critic and curator and winner of the 2012 Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement.[3][32]

A Micronaut in the Wide World: The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy is an account of Graham Percy’s life and art by O'Brien,[33][34] it was a finalist in the New Zealand Post Book Awards 2012[35] and was highly commended in the Random House New Zealand Award for Best Illustrated Book 2012.[36] A copy of the book was donated by the Chartwell Trust to every high school in New Zealand.[37]

As of October 2013, the itinerary of the exhibition was as follows:

External links[edit]

References[edit]

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  5. ^ http://www.sarjeant.org.nz/site/pages/exhibitions/past-exhibitions.php?searchresult=1&sstring=percy#1329343062667S
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  8. ^ "Thousands of years and millions of miles". 19 February 2011 – via New Zealand Herald.
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  13. ^ Durrell, Gerald (1 June 1989). "The Fantastic Flying Journey". Simon & Schuster – via Amazon.
  14. ^ Durrell, Gerald (27 September 1990). "The Fantastic Dinosaur Adventure". Conran – via Amazon.
  15. ^ Lloyd, Jeremy (30 April 1990). "Woodland Gospels". Faber and Faber – via Amazon.
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  18. ^ "Lullabies: Poems and Rhymes to Dream on". Running Press Miniature Editions. 3 January 1998 – via Amazon.
  19. ^ "Library of Congress Online Catalog - Legacy Catalog Retired".
  20. ^ Percy, Graham (1 January 1995). "The Tiger's Tale/Book With Tail". Random House Childrens Books – via Amazon.
  21. ^ "Mother Goose The Children's Classic Edition". 1 January 1998 – via Amazon.
  22. ^ Grahame, Kenneth (17 April 1997). "The Wind in the Willows". Thorsons – via Amazon.
  23. ^ "Library of Congress Online Catalog - Legacy Catalog Retired".
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  25. ^ "Graham Percy".
  26. ^ "Library of Congress Online Catalog - Legacy Catalog Retired".
  27. ^ Percy, Graham (23 June 1994). "Arthouse". Chronicle Books – via Amazon.
  28. ^ Hartley, Christine Schwartz (19 February 1995). "IN SHORT: NONFICTION; Rooms of Their Own" – via NYTimes.com.
  29. ^ "Storyopolis".
  30. ^ Percy, Graham (1 May 2007). "Graham Percy - Imagined Histories". Crear, Space to Create – via Amazon.
  31. ^ "Crear Space to Create :: Home".
  32. ^ "2012 Prime Minister's Awards for Literary Achievement: Winners Announced".
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  34. ^ "A micronaut in the wide world : the imaginative life and times of Graham Percy / Gregory O'Brien. - Version details".
  35. ^ "New Zealand Post Book Awards 2012 Finalists Announced".
  36. ^ "2012 Best Illustrated A Micronaut". 28 May 2012.
  37. ^ art, Chartwell Collection of contemporary. "Chartwell Books - Chartwell Collection of contemporary art".
  38. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 7 February 2013. Retrieved 2 June 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  39. ^ "High Quality Exhibitions - Tauranga Art Gallery Toi Tauranga".
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  42. ^ "A Micronaut in the Wide World: The Imaginative Life and Times of Graham Percy, Hocken Collections, University of Otago Library, University of Otago, New Zealand".
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