As a small child, I was never afraid of monsters or ghosts, but I was indeed terrified of Daniel Adel’s illustration on the front of the book The Book That Jack Wrote. The book was set up on my dresser in my room as a decoration (probably because it had my name on it). The cover had a man on it with the most sinister smile and wearing an Ottoman fez cap like the bad guys from Indian Jones. I would always ask my mom to turn the book around at night because I didn’t want the creepy man watching me sleep. Over time I learned to get over the fear of this illustration and started to appreciate Adel’s unbelievable talent. Although the book is for children, I highly recommend at least looking at the pictures because every single one is interesting and imaginative. I chose to talk about Dan Adel’s artwork not only because he is talented but also because his work is creative and represents views on society.
I think Adel stands out as a painter and illustrator because of his unique way of mingling both comedy and disproportion into a piece. Adel is known as a caricaturist, which means he depicts people with exaggerated characteristics for comical effect. Most of the subjects in his pieces have huge heads and really big teeth. You will notice if you visit the link below, that he paints a lot of celebrities and politicians. One painting most of you will most likely recognize is the picture of George Bush he illustrated for the cover of Time Magazines “Person of the Year” issue. The fact he portrays famous people in a satirical light appeals to me, because unlike paparazzi photographs or entertainment TV, he portrays celebrities and politicians as he and others see them whether it’s positively or negatively.
Another aspect of Adel’s work I really like are the colors he uses. Adel uses very rich and vibrant colored oil paints, which makes his painting almost pop off the page. You will find a lot of subordination in the background of his paintings in the form of solid colors or lack of detail to act as a rest area for your eyes. I also noticed the color red is used in almost all of his caricatures as well.
A good link
- Why does Adel focus his caricatures on politics and celebrities?
- Do you think his grotesque pictures are seen positively or negatively from viewers?
- Would you see his art as false propaganda or truth?