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Wiesner, David

Entry updated 1 October 2022. Tagged: Artist.

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(1956-    ) US illustrator and graphic artist, almost all of his work being designed for young audiences; he has received much esteem and several awards for this work, most of which falls outside the remit of this encyclopedia and is not listed below. He is of strong if indirect sf interest for Sector 7 (graph 1999), a wordless tale whose young protagonist is taken by an animate cloud from the top of the Empire State Building (see New York) to the eponymous Steampunkish marshalling-yard for clouds in the sky (see Fantastika). Here he inspires the creation of great clouds in the shape of creatures of the sea, which transformatively cloak the great city, generating an effect later extended and deepened by Shaun Tan in The Arrival (graph 2006). [JC]

David Wiesner

born Bridgewater, New Jersey: 5 February 1956

works (highly selected)

  • Tuesday (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company/Clarion Books, 1991) [graph: illus/hb/David Wiesner]
  • Sector 7 (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company/Clarion Books, 1999) [graph: illus/hb/David Wiesner]
  • Flotsam (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company/Clarion Books, 2006) [graph: illus/hb/David Wiesner]
  • Fish Girl (New York: Houghton Mifflin Company/Clarion Books, 2017) with Donna Jo Napoli [graph: illus/hb/David Wiesner]
  • David Wiesner and the Art of Wordless Storytelling (New Haven, Connecticut: Yale University Press, 2017) [graph: includes an exhibition catalogue: hb/David Wiesner]


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