Nickle Noir: The Art of John Nickle

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Black Scat Books, May 10, 2013 - Book cover art - 144 pages
"Nickle is a conjurer of dread and remembrance. His works quickly bypass conscious examination and lodge themselves in the space between sleep and wakefulness. This is a book of dark joy. Welcome and beware." -p.g. sturges, author of SHORTCUT MAN and ANGEL'S GATE"Don't take a wooden nickel-take a noir one. NICKLE NOIR, that is. This collection of rich, provocative, and all-together memorable book covers and artworks by the famed illustrator John Nickle is not only priceless, but a vivid, technicolor reminder that noir is more than a rainy street corner in black and white. With a style that shows the influence of Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood, Nickle neatly encapsulates the birth of noir as a literary form and artistically catapults it to a present both immediate and timeless. Any lover of noir-in book or film, in oils or celluloid-will savor a copy. Three cheers to Black Scat books for this terrific collection!"-Kelli Stanley, award-winning author of CITY OF DRAGONSFor over 25 years John Nickle has illustrated books, book covers, newspaper and magazine articles. He is well known for his noir cover art, created using colored pencils and acrylics. His moody images possess rich textured tones and eerie shadows, and are often marked by a dark sense of humor. This limited edition collection features full color reproductions of this award-winning illustrator's best work - including his classic covers for Vintage / Black Lizard's "Martin Beck" novels.

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About the author (2013)

John Nickle's illustration clients include St. Martin's Press, Random House, Simon & Schuster, Scholastic Books, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post among many others. He has illustrated seven children's books, most recently WHO PUSHED HUMPTY DUMPTY? AND OTHER NOTORIOUS NURSERY TALE MYSTERIES. HANS MY HEDGEHOG, also published in 2012, has received starred reviews from Kirkus Reviews and Publishers Weekly. Nickle's book ALPHABET EXPLOSION!, won an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Award and was selected by Amazon and MSNBC as one of the best picture books of 2006. Nickle wrote and illustrated THE ANT BULLY, which received a starred review from Horn Book, was later released as a major motion picture by Warner Brothers, produced by Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, starring the voices of Julia Roberts, Nicolas Cage, Meryl Streep and Paul Giamatti. Recently he has had solo shows at the The Brooklyn Public Library and at The 92nd Street Y in New York City.

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