October 6th - December, 2012
Internationally-acclaimed film & faerie artists Brian and Wendy Froud will be the guests of honor at AFA for an exhibition & sale featuring original artwork from the couple’s new book, Trolls, published by Abrams in September 2012. The book incorporates paintings and drawings by Brian, and sculptures by Wendy. Wendy also wrote the text for the book. Brian and Wendy have worked together for over 30 years. The two met in New York during the development of Jim Henson’s film The Dark Crystal in 1978. Trolls is their first literary collaboration.
The Trolls exhibition will debut at a reception for the Artists at AFA on October 6th, and will be on display through December 2012. The gallery will also host a book signing for Trolls with Brian & Wendy Froud on October 11th. Copies of the new book will be available for purchase at the gallery, and will be autographed by both Brian and Wendy Froud.
Brian & Wendy will also be the guests of honor at The Society of Illustrators on Friday, October 12th, 2012 at 6:30PM. A lecture and book signing will be followed by a reception. RSVP required.
Trolls presents a collection of Brian Froud’s paintings and sketches that bring new depth and dimension to the characters, landscapes and tales that inspired the 1982 classic film, The Dark Crystal. Brian is an award-winning artist, author and concept designer, who also imagined and designed Jim Henson’s cult classic film Labyrinth. With over 30 books in publication and over 8 million books sold to date, Brian Froud’s best sellers include Good Faeries/Bad Faeries (Hugo and Chesley Awards), Lady Cottington’s Pressed Fairy Book (Hugo Award), the Faeries’ Oracle and Lady Cottington’s Fairy Album. His internationally best- selling book, Faeries, with fantasy and Tolkien illustrator Alan Lee, published in 1978 and reissued in 2002 and again in 2010, is considered a modern classic and has sold more than 3 million copies.
Wendy is the fabricator of “Yoda” from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. She sculpted and fabricated “Kira” & “Jen” from The Dark Crystal, and sculpted and fabricated several Labyrinth goblins. The Trolls exhibition will include Wendy’s 3-D sculptural interpretations of select characters from the book.