The Fate of Fausto
Sotheran's Rare Books & Prints
2-5 Sackville Street, Mayfair London
September 13 - September 24, 2019
Monday through Saturday, 11 - 5 PM
There was once a man who believed he owned everything and set out to survey what was his…
Oliver Jeffers’ and HarperCollins UK are pleased to present The Fate of Fausto, an exhibition of the artwork and artifacts behind the painted fable.
The Fate of Fausto was written nearly five years ago while Jeffers was traveling along the North Coast of Antrim in Northern Ireland. Taking in the greatness of the rolling sea and cliffs, he was inspired by the steady power of nature and how small we are in our attempt to control it. From this Fausto was born. A man who believed he owned everything from a single flower to the unbreakable sea, to show us of the dangers greed can lead to in the face of this resilient world. While like an old story, Fausto remains relevant today, as these continue to be the undercurrents of modern civilization.
To touch on the timelessness of the poetic prose Jeffers decided to use the technique of traditional lithography, working with the prestigious Idem Editions in Paris to create the artwork that would make the book as well a special printed artists edition. In discussing the process, Jeffers’ says, “It’s almost as if I agreed to make a book in a foreign language, and only once I commenced did I realize that I did not know how to speak it. The results are mildly controlled accidents that have stumbled upon beauty.”
The results are the unique works seen here. Both minimal and reactionary, they reproduce the energy of the modern-day fable in their vivid mark making and bold palette of neon pinks and yellows, bold blues, and unfeared white space. Next to these, Jeffers and Idem Editions have shared the artifacts that brought us to the final works and publications; the original character studies in Jeffers’ sketchbook, color tests from the Parisian studio, and the handcrafted objects that made the unique typography and endpapers, among others.
The exhibition celebrates the release of the title in hardback on 17 September and will be on view through 24 September.