By Chris Jalufka | 09.25.2013
The work of illustrator and printmaker Anne Benjamin is delightful. Some might not like that word, but to me it rings true — her prints are full of delight.
It could be the classic look of what she does. Benjamin’s designs immediately recall children’s books, but more refined. Sophisticated.
Her poster for Laura Marling’s performance in Chicago is so simple and effective. She takes that child-like drawing style and uses it for a morose scene — this poor bull, shot. The arrow, the blood.
The bull — a giant gently crumbling to the ground. A beautifully simple message told through bold and playful design.
Anne’s designs have the same fantastical feel of a Disneyland ride poster. They show us childhood adventures. A promise of fun and excitement. Her work balances the child-like and the high-minded, like a children’s book created for mannered readers.