Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Some Coye Words

I have always enjoyed the bold, stylistically distinctive art of Lee Brown Coye, but what I knew about him was distilled from brief segments of a number of books. Until recently, I wasn't even familiar with Arts Unknown: The Life and Art of Lee Brown Coye—but once I learned of it, I had to have a copy. Finally got a chance to read through it, and it was everything I had hoped for and more.

This isn't just a Coye art book. Oh, there's plenty of art, and the reproduction quality is superb, so art fans won't be disappointed. But it's also a great look at the career of this influential and largely underrated artist whose horror work brings a folk art sensibility to a field that's usually dominated by other, very different styles.

If you've ever enjoyed Coye's work, you'll be glad you checked this one out. If you haven't, this might the book that makes you a Coye fan.

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