On exhibition, a collection of 30 paintings by Brian and 10 sculptures by Wendy created for their newest book, Brian Froud's Faeries' Tales, published by Abrams. The exhibition will be on view at AFA of SoHo from September 12th through October 12th, 2014.
Brian Froud's Faeries' Tales explores the complex relationship and the liminal state between the human and faery world where interaction occurs. Readers encounter individual faeries, each with a story to uncover, as told by the faeries themselves. Many of the stories are familiar to humans, but the true story is told by the faeries.
Considered the pre-eminent fairy artist of our generation, Brian Froud’s prolific body of art is recognized, and beloved, the world over. In 1978, his collaboration with Alan Lee, the book Faeries, became an instant international success. Reissued in 2002 and again in 2010, Faeries has sold more than 3 million copies and is considered a modern classic of its genre. Froud’s work has been published in countless additional tomes such as The Goblin Companion: A Field Guide to Goblins, Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book and Good Faeries/Bad Faeries, to name a few. He is also legendary for his invaluable contributions to film, including acting as conceptual and costume designer for The Dark Crystal and concept designer for Labyrinth. Both set new standards in design, puppeteering and animatronics at their time and are considered landmarks in the evolution of modern day special effects. Froud’s paintings and original artwork conceived for film and book illustrations are widely collected and have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the UK, US, Europe and Japan.
Master sculptor / puppet maker Wendy Froud (born Midener) created “Jen” and “Kira” for the film The Dark Crystal (where she met her now husband Brian Froud), fabricated “Yoda” for Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, and goblins for Labyrinth. She also created and built puppets for the Muppet Movie, the Muppet Show and a variety of other productions. Also a writer, her work and words, have appeared in numerous books and publications including The Art of Wendy Froud, published by Imaginosis, published in 1986. Froud’s highly sought after polymer clay and mixed media dolls and sculptures have been exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the US, UK, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium and Japan. Her work is in private collections throughout the world.