Carll Cneut  [ Belgium ]

Biography

Carll Cneut Portrait
©NP Buchverlag

Guest 2005.

Bibliography

Willy
[Text: Geert De Kockere]
De Eenhoorn
Wielsbeke, 1999

Die wundersame Liebesgeschichte des Mister Morf
Sauerländer
Düsseldorf, 2003
Übersetzung: Iris Praìl

Un secret pour grandir
[Text: Carl Norac]
L´École des Loisirs
Paris, 2003

Mijnheer Ferdinand
[Text : Agnes Guldemont]
De Eenhoorn
Wielsbeke, 2003

Rotgelbschwarzweiss
[Text: Brigitte Minne]
Sauerländer
Düsseldorf, 2004
Übersetzung: Andrea Kluitmann

Dulle Griet
[Text: Geert de Kockere]
De Eenhoorn
Wielsbeke, 2005

Antonio auf der anderen Seite der Welt
[Text: Malachi Doyle]
NP Buchverlag
St. Pölten, 2005
Übersetzung: Elisabeth Reichart

Hexenfee
[Text: Brigitte Minne]
Residenz
St. Pölten, Salzburg, 2006
Übersetzung: Mirjam Pressler

Monster, friss mich nicht!
[Text: Carl Norac]
Residenz
St. Pölten, Salzburg, 2006
Übersetzung: Pauline Katz

Übersetzer: Rolf Erdorf, Iris Prael, Mirjam Pressler, Elisabeth Reichart, Pauline Katz

»My illustrations continue into the invisible. My readers have the freedom to complete them in their heads. This often confuses adults, but never the children«, says Carll Cneut , a rising star amongst European illustrators, when talking about his much applauded pictorial creations. In his picture book »Willy« (1999) the first page only shows a little bit of a trunk and two elephant feet and it falls to the beholder to complete the picture. The Flemish picture book artist was born in 1969 on the Belgian-French border. After considering a career as a pastry cook or a circus artist, he decided to attend the St. Lukas Art Academy in Gent, where he studied Graphic Design and where he still lives today. He started out working in an advertising agency, before publishing his first picture book »Varkentjes van Marsepein« (t: Marzipan piglets) in 1996. Since then, Carll Cneut has illustrated close to fifteen books, which have been sold worldwide. In 2002, he made his debut as an author with »The Amazing Love Story of Mr. Morf«. Expertly staged, Cneut tells the tale of a very special dog – both circus dog and famous tightrope walker – who decides to leave the lonely fame of the circus ring behind and to go in search of love. His third picture book in German translation »Antonio auf der anderen Seite der Welt« (Eng. »Antonio on the Other Side of the World, 2003) was published in German in 2005 – a delightfully quirky story by Malachy Doyle about Antonio’s visit to his grandmother, about sea monsters, marmalade sandwiches and homesickness. The picture book »Monstre ne me mange pas« (2006; Engl: »Monster, Don’t Eat Me!«, 2007), with text by Carl Norac, appeared in 2006 and was published in the 2007 collection of the Austrian Children’s and Youth Literature Awards.

Carll Cneut makes great art out of picture books. His illustrations reveal a love of detail; they captivate the viewer through a distinct patina and conjure up connotations of priceless embroideries, textiles or wallpaper. They remind us of the works of old masters and are both modern and contemporary. For him it is important that his figures have a visible past, along with their clothes and their surroundings. Cneut lets his illustrations emerge from multiple layers of acrylic, pastels, leaf gold or coffee. Recently, Cneut's new interpretation of the painting »Dulle Griet« (2005; t: Mad Griet) by Pieter Bruegel the Elder caused a stir. Along with the author Geert De Kockere he tells the tale of raging Griet, who descends into hell and asks the Devil for his hand in marriage – a challenging picture book, that transcends the boundaries of the genre. Here too, he prefers pictorial compositions full of tension. »At times he creates accentuated empty spaces as places for association, at times he crams his figures so close together that no gaps remain. Thus illustrative and emotional elements permeate in a noticeable way«, the »Süddeutsche Zeitung« wrote.

Cneut has been teaching at the Academy of Fine Arts in Gent since 2005. His illustrations have received numerous international awards, including Special Mention at the Bologna Ragazzi Awards (2001), the Prix Octogones (2002) and the Golden Insignia in Bratislava (2003). »L’Express« has called Carll Cneut »a crazy talent«.

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