Daniel Peacock, Under The Buddy Tree
Maurice Sendak‘s death last week brought a flood of tributes and memories from artist and fans all over the world. They said things like, “Sendak made me want to be an artist!” or “Sendak taught me everything I know!” or “Sendak showed you could make things you loved without complying with what everybody else is doing!” It was incredible to see the impact he had on so many people, across continents and styles.
Daniel Peacock, Blue Bear
I think the greatest tribute to Sendak, though, are the artists who continue his legacy by creating new creatures and animals and monsters. I think they stretch the collective imagination and push all art forward. Is that too corny? There’s always a way to do it with style, with grace, with humor (or not), and I think Daniel Peacock gets that.
His animal creatures seem almost self aware. They’re round and wide-eyed, almost like they’re expecting you to say something. I like that it feels like they’re on the way somewhere, or in the middle of something, and are just stopping to pose for a second.
Don’t you think Sendak would be proud?
You can see the rest of Daniel’s stuff here.