Noyes Museum of Art

Oceanville, NJ



The Painted Page: Children's Book Illustrations by Charles Santore

September 24, 2000 - January 7, 2001


Celebrated chiIdren's book illustrator Charles Santore will be the subject of a one-person exhibition this fall at The Noyes Museum of Art. Entitled "The Painted Page: Children's Book Illustrations by Charles Santore," this exhibit will feature over fifty original drawings and watercolors that were used to illustrate books containing some of history's best-loved children's stories. Mr. Santore is widely regarded as one of the finest artists working in children's book illustration today. (left: Aesop's Fables, The Fox and the Rooster, 1988, watercolor on paper)

Since venturing into children's book illustration fifteen years ago, Santore has reinvigorated some often illustrated classic fables and stories. To date he has illustrated the Complete Tales of Peter Rabbit and Other Stories, published by Running Press in 1986, and Aesop's Fables, The Wizard of Oz (a story which is celebrating it's hundredth anniversary this year), The Little Mermaid, and Snow White, all published by Random House between 1988 and 1999. Some of Santore's signature illustrations from these titles have been used as backdrops for major theatrical and television performances. In 1997 Random House also published an original fairy tale - William the Curious: Knight of the Water Lilies - which Santore both authored and illustrated. His next book project, A Stowaway on Noah's Ark will be published later this fall and will be available for purchase at the Noyes Museum of Art. (left: The Wizard of Oz, 1991, watercolor on paper)

Mr. Santore has won many awards, including the prestigious Hamilton King Award from the New York Society of Illustrators, a gold medal from the New York Society of Publication Designers, a 1998 Storytelling World Honor from Storytelling magazine and an "Edger" from the Mystery Writers of America. His works have been widely collected by major museums, such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York City, as well as by private collectors around the world. In 1992 his illustrations were honored with a one-person exhibition at the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania. Mr. Santore is also a noted collector of American decorative and folk arts and has authored two definitive volumes on the American Windsor chair. (left: Snow White, 1996, watercolor on paper)

A native Philadelphian, Charles Santore graduated from the Philadelphia Museum School of Art (now the University of the Arts) in 1956 and got his start as a freelance illustrator for advertising agencies and art services. Among his clients was N. W. Ayer, then one of the largest advertising agencies in the world. Starting in the 1960s, Mr. Santore's work appeared in magazines such as Ladies' Home Journal, Cosmopolitan and National Geographic, just to name a few. Mr.. Santore is also widely known for the numerous celebrity portraits he produced for the cover of TV Guide Magazine. (left: A Stowaway on Noah's Ark, 2000, watercolor on paper)

Charles Santore will be available to sign copies of his children's books at the Noyes Museum of Art's Fall Opening Reception on Saturday, October 7, 2000 from 3 to 6 PM. Also held in conjunction with The Printed Page exhibition will be a special Creative Sparks Program entitled "Young Illustrators Workshop." Participants (children ages 6 to 12) in this workshop will look at a series of children's books and will then learn techniques to create their own illustrations.

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