Etienne Delessert

Etienne Delessert

 

Switzerland

 

Etienne Delessert began working in a graphic arts studio in Lausanne and then went on to work for two Parisian fashion magazines. He has lived and worked in Paris, New York and Lausanne and joined avant-garde artists in “remaking” picture books. His first book, The Endless Party - San fin la fête was published simultaneously to great acclaim in the USA and France in 1967. He went on to illustrate the collections of stories by Eugene Ionescu, Contes 1 and Contes 2 (Stories 1 and Stories 2, 1968 and 1970). In 1971 he published in collaboration with the psychologist Jean Piaget, How the Mouse was Hit on the Head by a Stone and so Discovered the World. More recent books include Ashes, Ashes – La Corne de Brume (1990), Night Circus (2015) and the Yok Yok series. Etienne Delessert’s style draws from the psychedelic style of the 1960s and the richness of tones of Breughel’s paintings. He uses traditional tools of watercolour, coloured pencils, acrylics, enamels and even oil and tempura and often paints on unusual backgrounds, smooth and textured papers, metal or wood panels that allows him to play with transparency and opacity. Etienne Delessert has illustrated over 80 books and received significant recognition including twice receiving the Premio Grafico at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair. He has received several gold and silver medals of the American Society of Illustrators and has had many exhibitions in Europe and the US. He has been nominated twice, in 2006 and 2010 for the Hans Christian Andersen Award and in 2010 was one of finalists.