Red double decker London bus

A Century of Fiep Westendorp

If you grew up in The Netherlands, it’s more than likely you’ve spent more time with the artwork of Fiep Westendorp than you did with your brothers and sisters. With 2016 being the 100th anniversary of her birth, it’s well worth celebrating a woman whose work that has influenced so many Dutch children with her work on classics like Jip & Janneke. And it’s being celebrated with expositions, theater, educational packages and many more initiatives.

Fiep Westendorp drawing

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Ralph Steadman - Animal Farm

Ralph Steadman – 80 and Still Weird

When you drive from Amsterdam to London, you’re likely to pass a little town called Maidstone. Somewhere on the outskirts of this town, hidden behind the trees stands a large, stone mansion. Drive past it with the windows down, and you might catch an ink splatter on your cheek. Listen close and you might hear the hard, wet smacking sound of a soaked brush hitting heavy paper.
This is all part of Ralph Steadman’s process as he goes to work. “When I don’t know what to do, I do that. It might lead somewhere.”

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Gail Anne Howard - Big Mama (2013)

Gail Anne Howard – Drawing Artist

Gail Anne Howard (UK) makes drawings with a steady hand and received a traditional British art education. In recent years she decided to steer beyond her original training to work with more playful and imaginative strokes. In 2012 she joined 1000 Drawings Amsterdam as drawing director and she tirelessly worked with local and international drawing communities. One of the more visible results is The Open Draw community platform.

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