The works of two African-American artists who have won significant praise and awards for their illustrations of children’s books. Original artwork of London Ladd and Elizabeth Zunon will be on view in the library’s Lumen Winter gallery. The artists will speak about their work in a public program and reception on Sunday, February 25 at 3:00 pm, in the library’s meeting room and Ossie Davis Theater. The free program is suitable for children, teens and adults.
London Ladd is a graduate of Syracuse University with a BFA in illustration. London works primarily in a painterly style with acrylic, building opaque layers atop a foundation of thin washes, in a way that brings his colors to life. Mr. Ladd’s big break came when he was hired to illustrate the picture book March On! The Day My Brother Martin Changed the World, written by Christine King Farris and winner of the ALA Carnegie Medal and Parents' Choice Approved Award in Historical Fiction. He also illustrated Oprah: The Little Speaker, Under the Freedom Tree, Frederick’s Journey: The Life of Frederick Douglass, and Waiting for Pumpsie.
Drawing and painting have always been among the most important things to Elizabeth Zunon. She was born in Albany, NY and grew up in the Ivory Coast, West Africa. Surrounded by the bright, vibrant colors of everyday West African fabrics and tropical vegetation, Elizabeth’s love of color and pattern only grew. After returning to the United States, Elizabeth attended the Rhode Island School of Design and graduated with a B.F.A. in Illustration in 2006. Her illustrated picture book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind was chosen as one of Amazon’s Best Children’s Books of 2012. Many of her books have made top lists and have garnered prestigious awards including The Legendary Miss Lena Horne, which tells the true story of groundbreaking actress, singer, and civil rights activist Lena Horne.