British illustrator Inga Moore moved with her family to Australia when she was eight, but a fondness for the English countryside never left her, as she grew up reading books with British illustrators. When she returned to England as an adult, and after a time working in various positions in London, she moved out to the English countryside once again to pursue her illustration career in more suitable surroundings.
As a result of that love of the land, and a long time admiration for great landscape painters as well as Golden Age illustrators, Moore produced a unique and beautiful style, richly detailed and textural in the midst of trends toward minimal children’s book illustration, and brought it to bear illustrating her own titles, like Six-Dinner Sid, and new versions of classics like The Wind in the Willows and The Secret Garden, among others.
Moore works in a multi-media approach, using pencil, ink, watercolor, colored pencil and occasionally oil (bringing to mind the multi-layered charcoal and watercolor techniques of Golden Age American illustrator Elizabeth Shippen Green).
Moore is somewhat reclusive, and as far as I can tell, does not have an official web presence, so I’ll point you to places where others have posted her work.
4 Replies to “Inga Moore”
Charley, long time reader here. Just want to tell you you’re a national treasure. I hope this blog goes on forever. Thanks a lot for this labour of love.
Thanks. Glad you’re enjoying the posts!
Hi Charley – I used to live in the same house as Inga and would love to get back in touch with her. Do you have any idea how I might?
Hi Mary. Unfortunately, I don’t know of any direct way; she does not appear to have her own presence on the web. The best I can suggest is to try to send a note through one of her publishers, or a gallery that handles her original art.
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