My first glimpse of Rockwell Kent’s art was on a dinner plate: Salamina. My family had a set, and they were my favorite dishes when I was a child.
Kent (1882-1971) was a famous artist and book illustrator, adventurer and political activist. He was well known for his illustrations of Moby Dick.
His prints pack a punch with their strong imagery and high contrast,
..and attention to anatomy.Last week I was looking through a book of his art and was surprised to learn that he also designed fabric! Here are some of his fabric designs.
A Moby Dick Scarf,
and repeating designs for yardage.
The book showed the textile designs in black and white, and described the colors used. I found a few color examples of his prints on-line.
I like that Kent’s art was part of people’s lives in the form of ceramics, textiles, book illustrations and paintings.
Please click on this link to a biography of Rockwell Kent at the National Gallery of Art if you would like to know more about him.