Each one of Yale’s Little History books is illustrated by a different contemporary artist-illustrator, whose specially commissioned work is designed to enliven and enhance the text. Initially inspired by the style and appearance of books from the 1930s – when E. H. Gombrich was writing his Little History of the World for Younger Readers – these images are often a humorous nod towards what is to come in the chapter that follows.
Mat Pringle is an Illustrator, Printmaker and Arts Educator based in Margate, UK. His work draws from influences such as folklore, cinema, music, flora and fauna. He works predominately in linocut printmaking specifically reduction linocut.
His work has featured in exhibitions including Film 4 Summer Screenings, Pick Me Up, ARTCRANK, Required Reading (Gallery 1988, L.A) and he recently had his first linocut exhibition ‘An Alphabet of Musicians’.
He teaches Illustration and Printmaking at BRIT Kids to 9 – 18 year olds.
You can find our interview with Mat, exploring his work on A Little History of Art, here.
Books in the little histories series
A thrilling journey through 100,000 years of art, from the origins of mark making to art’s pivotal role in culture today Why did our ancestors make art? What did art mean to them and what does their art mean for us today? Why is art even important at a …