“The fragility of Mats Gustafson’s art is almost tangible,” Berndt Arell writes. “Landscapes, portraits pervaded with eroticism, and fashion illustrations – Gustafson’s brush is adept at them all.” Mats Gustafson, Watercolors is the first overview publication to date on one of the most admired illustration artists of our time. Known for his subtle and haunting fashion illustrations, intimate portraits, and scenes of nature, Gustafson began his career as an illustrator in the late 1970s, at a time when editorial illustration was eclipsed by photography and watercolor as a conceptual medium had barely been explored. The elegant and expressive character of Gustafson’s watercolor, pastel and cut-out paperworks expanded the possibilities of fashion illustration and nearly single-handedly reinvigorated the genre. Published to coincide with a major retrospective exhibition of Gustafson’s work at the Millesgarden in Stockholm in 2013, the volume includes texts from Stockholm’s Nationalmuseum director Berndt Arell and former Interview editor-in-chief and art critic Glenn O’Brien.
9 1/2 x 13 1/3 inches / 72 pp / Full color
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