[Lynda Barry: Archive of Original Art and Letters]
Date Published: 1999-2002
Book Id: 49581
This archive consists of seven pieces of original art and six signed letters, with two pieces of supplemental material. Please inquire for further details.
Cartoonist, novelist, and visual artist Lynda Barry has been creating complex and idiosyncratic work for decades. Barry was born in Wisconsin in 1956 and grew up in Seattle, Washington. She was interested in art from an early age, and embraced her identity as the "class cartoonist" when she realized that her talent protected her from some degree of childhood bullying. While a student at the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, Barry began to draw comics after a bad break-up. Friend and fellow student Matt Groening (of Simpsons and Life in Hell fame) began publishing her strips in the school paper under the name Ernie Pook's Comeek. After college, Barry was determined to be a painter. It was only gradually and without conscious intention that she found herself making a living with her comics. In addition to the Ernie Pook strip, which ran for almost thirty years, Barry has published two illustrated novels and two books of inspirational writer's/artist's reference. She is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Creativity at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and teaches writing workshops around the country. This archive is the product of the 1999-2002 correspondence between Barry and Patrick Eddington, who asked Barry to contribute to his Cat Project. Barry happily obliged, and the resulting original paintings are vibrant, fresh, and charming. As Barry told Eddington, she had not often found reason to paint or draw cats in her life; these works are especially interesting, then, as they reveal something of Barry's approach to the unfamiliar. We are excited to offer this unique collection of work and letters by a truly original artist.About the Cat Project: Patrick Eddington (known as 'Pat the Cat') was a Utah-based artist, teacher, and cat-lover. He carried on extensive correspondence throughout his life with a staggering number of writers and visual artists. Eddington's charming and persuasive letters convinced many to contribute to the Cat Project, an ambitious undertaking which Eddington described as follows in a letter dated 2004: "This project is a labor of love. It will culminate as a large book and traveling exhibition. It will also help Best Friends Animal Sanctuary. I've asked individuals I admire to create cat-related works. They are not the typical cat images but creative works. I have over 240 works so far including work by: Günter Grass, William Wegman, Kiki Smith, Sandy Skoglund, Peter Milton, Robert Crumb, Keith Carter, Joel Peter Witkin, Jerome Witkin, Alison Saar, William Wiley, Ralph Steadman, Peter Beard, Gladys Nilsson, José Bedia, Haruki Murakami, David Lynch, Clive Barker, Mark Ryden, Ray Bradbury, Margaret Atwood, Doris Lessing, Robert Williams, Al Hirschfeld, Leo and Diane Dillon, Lynda Barry, Roddy Doyle, Francisco Toledo, Flor Garduno, etc." Eddington's vision was sadly never realized, but his tenacity and appeal resulted in the creation of a wealth of fascinating letters and original art from creative luminaries around the world.