In his latest book ZOO, Gábor Palotai displays a different take on the depictions of animals as figurative illustrations; by now every animal (one of them is you) is portrayed as an abstract art; sharply outlined in contrast with a mesmerizing pattern in light and dark. The effects of this white and black pattern enhance the impression that each animal is etched into the paper in a texture that evokes tactile sensibility. At the same glance each animal looks bound to the architectural outer shape of their image, their bodies are tattooed in undecipherable graphic patterns suggesting that each of them is free from within to multiply and literally take on any figurative meaning.

Red Dot Design Award, Best of the Best 2017

Statement by the jury
The illustrations of the animals convince with their completely different form of what we are used to seeing. Firstly, the reduced colouring in just black and white causes the viewer to look closer. Secondly, the particular pattern with its etching effect triggers curiosity. And finally, the simplicity of the illustrations is surprising. That sometimes less is needed to tell more strikingly comes true here in a genuinely playful and creative manner.

Language: English
Author/Artist: Gabor Palotai
Artworks: Gabor Palotai
Design: Gabor Palotai Design
Text: Linda Rampell
Hardcover with lenticular image
88 Pages / 83 Pages illustrated
Size 22 x 22 cm
ISBN 978-91-639-2433-0

Available at:
Arvinius + Orfeus Publishing
Idea Books

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