Julianna Bright’s drawings are perfect examples of the ‘best of both worlds’ ideal. They have all the charm of fairytale illustrations without the childishness that might keep them from appealing to adults. It’s a difficult balance to attain, but somehow Bright manages to do it over and over again.
The whimsical pictures she creates are like scenes from a world where Alice in Wonderland meets Yellow Submarine. Their strict two-dimensionality and vibrant colors remind me of American folk art, as do the old-fashioned clothing and faces of Bright’s presumably invented subjects.
The absence of backgrounds that would place Bright’s characters in specific locations gives her work an abstract, often psychedelic feel reminiscent of so many 1960s album covers and concert posters. It’s very satisfying to see this style in a brand new fairytale world of humanized animals and enormous flowers, and it took me no time at all to fall in love with Julianna Bright’s drawings.
Like many of the artists I’ve featured on this blog, prints of Bright’s work are available for purchase for as little as 15 dollars! I imagine these beautiful pieces would look beautiful framed and hung on a wall. It’s the sort of art that almost requires a story to go along with it, and that is a nice kind of art to have in your home. That’s where your own imagination comes in.
Once upon a time, a woman fell in love with a bird-man…