Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Book Review: 'Inspired by Art' by Uvi Poznansky


Uvi Poznansky dons another Technicolor coat in this latest series of books, always raising the bar for her high standard previous achievements. Originally from Israel where she studied Architecture and Town Planning then moving to the US where she studied Computer Science and became an expert in Software Engineering, Poznansky managed to combine the design elements of two studies into unique formats. And she has accomplished the same with the other side of her brain - making visual her ideas (she is an accomplished painter, drawer, and sculptor who has enjoyed exhibitions both in Israel and in California, her present base) and making words in poetry and in short stories and children's books.

Uvi has published an absorbing book series – The David Chronicles – and now is curating art collections to enhance the pleasure of her books’ stories. This volume, RISE TO POWER - focusing on the decline of the House of Saul and the rise of David – follows her previous installments THE EDGE OF REVOLT, FIGHTING GOLIATH, A PEEK OF BATHSHEBA and FALL OF A GIANT and is again one of the most complete collections of art from ancient through renaissance to contemporary in drawings, paintings, sculptures, etchings – works by Rembrandt, Taschcar Pictures, Bernardo Cavallino, James Tissot, Julius Kronberg, Ivan Schwebel, Vallotton, Boris Laurentiev, William Wetmore Story, Ernst Josephson, Erasmus Quellinus II, Gustave DorĂ©, Guercino, He Qi, Julius Schnorr von Carolsfeld, George Tinworth, Johann Christoph Weigel, Chagall, Cima da Conegliano, Lord Frederic Leighton, Aert de Gelder, Hans (Jan) Collaert, the Maciejowski Bible, Matthaeus Merian the Elder, Rubens, von Lambert Lombard, Simon de Vos, Antonio Molinari, Guido Reni, Jacobsz Lambert, Hans Fronius, John Singer Sargent, Oskar Kokoschka, Richard Dadd, Matthias Scheits, Jacob Cornelisz van Oostsanen, William Blake, Henry Fuseli, Benjamin West, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jean Fouquet, Gerard Hoet and Salvadore Dali - some well known, others – discoveries. The art is arranged neither by artist nor by artistic style or era, but rater by the story the art tells. It is a majestic, learned, beautifully designed book that carries a lot of instruction, entertainment, as well as visual pleasure. But then that is what Uvi is all about! Grady Harp, May 17




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