Tuesday, May 27, 2008

#127 Winter 2008

In the latest issue of this fine quarterly magazine there is a very interesting story by Gregory O’Brien about artist & illustrator Graham Percy (1938-2008).
I didn’t know Graham Percy but I long admired him from afar as a very fine children’s book illustrator. I mentioned this to art historian/artist/curator/poet O’Brien who has responded thus:

Thanks for the note about Graham Percy. He was certainly a great book illustrator and a wonderful man.
If you want to pop a note on your blog, readers can go to


This rather splendid website includes masses of the most excellent drawings. It also features drawings for a book Graham was working on (over some considerable time!) with Hamish Keith. They are in the ‘In Development’ section and are called ‘Stories of the Inflatable Boy’.

As the attached illustrations (and the images in BACK AND BEYOND) suggest, Graham had been working on a lot of images of kiwis of late.
Various people, myself included, are planning to develop an exhibition of Graham’s work for display in NZ sometime in the future.


Anonymous said...

Hi Mr Beattie,

Many thanks for your kind remarks about Graham's website: I've passed them on to Mari, his wife. Just one point: perhaps you would be kind enough to correct the URL of Graham's site? It's actually www.grahampercy.com (It displays as graham.and.martinpercy.com due to techincal issues which I need to fix!)

Thanks again.

all the best

Martin (Percy!)

Anonymous said...

oh, in case you want to drop me a line, my email's