In December Estonian Children’s Literature Centre hosts a solo exhibition from a renowned Russian illustrator Anton Lomaev. The exhibition The Nutcracker will be open in the centre from December, 11th, 2021 until January 29th, 2022.
Anton Lomaev is a world renowned Russian illustrator who has participated in a number of exhibitions all over the world and been awarded many prizes for his work. In 2019 he won the Golden Apple prize in the Bratislava Illustration Biennial’s international competition for illustrations of books for children and youth. Books illustrated by Lomaev have been published in many countries all over the world, including Russia, France, Germany, USA, China and others.
The artist illustrates books for children and adults alike. According to Viive Noor, the Estonian Children’s Literature Centre’s art expert and the curator of the exhibition, it is worth to mention Lomajev’s illustrations for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes and Isaac Babel’s Tales of Odessa. The Christmas exhibition in the centre features Lomaev’s illustrations for E. T. A. Hoffmann’s classic Christmas fairy tale The Nutcracker translated by A. A. Sokolovski.
Books with pictures from Lomaev are warm, rich in detail and joyful. The artist explains on the web-page fairyroom.ru that he finds illustrating children’s books easier than illustrating texts for adults: „Unlike illustrations for an “adult” book, it is easier for me to work with children’s illustrations in the sense that I understand my goal more clearly, what I am trying to convey through the image.“ The father of two finds that children’s books provide a better form of self-expression for an artist: „as an artist, the space of a children’s book seems to me much larger in terms of the possibilities of self-expression, and the better polygraphic embodiment of children’s books gives this an additional perspective.“
The exhibition is open during the opening hours of the centre.