FRESNO — The print above is but a small glimpse into the exhibition of Will Bullas, who has recently illustrated an alphabet book titled M is for Masterpiece: An Art Alphabet, written by David Domeniconi.
The new book shows off the creative talent of Bullas through the unusual compositions illustrating single art-related words or artist names from A to Z.
This is not your typical alphabet book; it has sophisticated and detailed compositions that capture the attention of both young and old:
“J is for the Japanese print
from far across the sea.
Not the work of one artist alone,
it takes the skills of three.”
David Domeniconi explains the three-step process of making a woodblock print. The first artist makes the pen-and-ink drawing. The second artist carves the picture onto the woodblock. The final artist prints the woodblock. Woodblock prints are one of Japan’s most well-known forms of art. Impressionists such as Mary Cassatt were influenced by Japanese prints.
This exhibition has been extended through June 20, 2021, and the physical copies of the book will remain for sale in the FAM Museum Store.
Image above: J is for Japanese Print, 2005, Giclée print on archival paper, courtesy of the artist.