Noma Bar: Graphic Story Telling
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A career retrospective of one of the world’s most inventive contemporary illustrators, curated by the artist
From an illustration of Donald Trump, his signature pout forming the shape of a fist, to Bob Dylan, seemingly composed of musical instruments, Noma Bar’s innovative, playful style has made him one of the most sought-after illustrators working today. His use of negative space and minimalist forms creates images within images―layers of meaning that delight and surprise in equal measure. Each of Bar’s illustrations tells a story that is hidden in the details, the whole message revealing itself with a second look.
For this retrospective volume, Bar has handpicked his iconic illustrations and favorite works, covering a range of topics, all in the distinctive style that has established his reputation. The works are organized into five thematic chapters: “Less More” (daily life); “Pretty Ugly” (portraits); “In Out” (sex), and “Life Death” (conflict). Alongside the images, Bar reveals his working methods and the stories behind his often idiosyncratic inspiration for different illustrations, and he reflects on how his life experiences have shaped him as an artist.
Noma Bar is a must-have reference source for students or professionals in the worlds of graphic design and illustration, and a treasury for aficionados of visual and popular culture.
Designed by Studio Fernando Gutiérrez
Published by Thames and Hudson, 2017
Softcover, 400 pages, full color offset, 9.1 × 11.4 inches