Carolyn Alexander

I am, quite understandably, easily seduced by the work of many contemporary illustrators, but I am sure that it will be more than a passing fling when it comes to my adoration of the work of British illustrator Carolyn Alexander. And there are a number of reasons why this is the case. Firstly, her work is a real treat for the eyes and incorporates gorgeously intricate detail and quirky narratives. Secondly, Alexander lives in the French Alps and uses her experiences learning the French language and adjusting to French culture as inspiration for her pieces. Thirdly, she gave up smoking in one of the most imaginative and interesting ways that I have encountered. Finally, she possesses a most delightful and witty sense of humour that infuses her illustrations with yet another layer of charm.

Exploring her portfolio provides the opportunity to not only giggle at her très drôle Haughty Bitches series, but also to brush up on French verbs by studying her black and white typographical series, which is aptly titled Ne Parle Pas Francais. In truth, Alexander’s illustrations can be neatly summed up in one word: magnifique!


3 Comments Carolyn Alexander

  1. José Luis May 22, 2010 at 7:46 PM

    Love it, specially the 1920’s look of the first ‘haughty bitch’. I’d love to see this images but using pop frases like ‘As if’ from Clueless movie or ‘Eat me with the spoon’ from Moon Zappa, ‘That’s hot’ cortesy of Paris Hilton or ‘It’s Britney bitch’, that would be awesome. Also ‘nuculear’ by Goerge W. Bush could be a treat.

    P.S. Do all the bitches have short hair?

  2. Tristan May 22, 2010 at 11:48 PM

    I had seen some of her images on tumblr, but did not know her name. Great write-up. Yes, the Haughty Bitches are the best (the blonde one in your post resembles Isobel Campbell a bit).

  3. Danica van de Velde May 23, 2010 at 10:43 PM

    @José Luis Ha – I like your idea of a pop cultural haughty bitches series! We’ll have to see what Carolyn does next. And to answer your question: I don’t think so. I’ve known plenty of bitches with long hair :)

    @Tristan Thanks and yes, she does look like Isobel Campbell now that you mention it.

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