BIOGRAPHY: submitted by Kinuko Y. Craft. Revised Version 2/18/2006
is a Renaissance woman. By this I mean not that she paints like the
Renaissance painters, but that she is an artist for all seasons, for
all kinds of subjects, and in all kinds of styles. If you will
survey her works, you will find little duplication in form, color or
texture. She fits herself to her subject with charming ease and
yet leaves herself free to remain herself. There is an air about
all of her illustrations of one who is a true connoisseur of art,
wide-ranging through all the countries of the world. One cannot help
but think how delightful it would be to walk into gallery of her
Kinuko Y. Craft is a well known illustrator/fantasy artists in the United States
whose career spans more than four decades. She has become known
for meticulous attention to detail, careful research of subject matter
and a passionate love and knowledge of fine art and art history.
Her fairytale picture books are currently distributed in the USA, other English language countries, Europe, China and Korea.
She creates paintings for the book covers of many well known authors,
and her art is widely licensed on calendars, posters, greeting cards
and other consumer goods. Her original paintings are in public
and private collections scattered around the world: The National
Geographic Society, Time Incorporated, The Museum of American
Illustration in New York City
and other corporate collections. Work in private collections
include those in New York City, Atlanta GA, Santa Barbara CA, Long
Island NY, Dallas TX, Connecticut, San Francisco CA, Japan; and Greece.
Ms. Craft is a graduate, B.F.A. 1962, of The Kanazawa Municipal College of Fine and Industrial Art (known in Japan as The Kanazawa Bidai). She was born in Japan and came to the United States
in the early sixties where she continued studies in design and
illustration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for a year
and a half. Subsequently, she worked for several years in well
known Chicago art
studios. By the end of the decade her work was in wide demand and
she had begun her long and successful career as a free-lance
illustrator. For most of this time she worked in editorial and
advertising markets where her work regularly appeared in national
magazines and newspapers. Since the mid 1990’s, she has
concentrated on children's picture books, fantasy book jackets and
poster designs. Her work is currently represented by Graphic
Collectibles, an on-line gallery offering her original art and fine-art
limited edition giclée prints.
Kinuko Craft's work
has been recognized by professional art and design publications,
competitions and shows. To name a few highlights:
· Communication Arts Magazine October 1981;
· featured artist in Step-By-Step Graphics Magazine;
· Idea Magazine (Japan) Seibundo Shinkosha 1989;
· Illustration Magazine (Japan) Genkosha, #42/October 1989;
· Cover painting for the American Illustration Annual;
· A major article in Realms of Fantasy Magazine, 1999;
· Artist Interviews 2003: Locus Magazine, August 2002:
· 3DExcellence, an on-line magazine, March 2005:
· Ninth Book of Junior Authors and Illustrators.
Collections: Paintings in the permanent collections of:
· The National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian, Washington, DC (Collection of Time Magazine covers recently donated by Time, Inc.) 09/07/05
· The National Geographic Society
· Time Incorporated
· The Museum of American Illustration, New York City
Other corporate collections.
Private collections in New York City; Kennesaw, GA; Santa
Barbara, CA; NY; Dallas TX; Avon, CT, San Francisco, CA; Oita, Japan;
and Athens, Greece.
Medals and awards include:
5 Gold Medals from the Society of Illustrators NY annual exhibitions,
including the 42nd in January 2000.
· Hamilton King Award also from the Society of Illustrators, NY in 1987.
· Spectrum 10 Silver Award: Books 2003.
· Spectrum 9 Grand Master Award 2002.
· Spectrum 8 Gold Award 2001.
· Spectrum 7 Gold Award 2000.
· Renaissance 2001 show, The Franklin Mint Museum. Best in show.
· The ASFA (American Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists), Chesley Awards:
Best Product Illustration 2002.
Best Interior Illustration 2001.
Best Product Illustration 2000.
Best Hardback Cover Award; 1998.
Five paintings, including a Silver Medal, in the Society of
Illustrators, NY 1991 annual exhibit.
Four paintings, including a Silver Medal, in the Society of
Illustrators, NY 1999 annual exhibit.
· Silver Medal in the 1995 Society of Illustrators of Los Angeles show.
The 21st Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa, Japan, Spring
2006. Titled A Spring Night's Dream, over 20 works were displayed.
· The Art of Der Spiegel, 2005 a traveling exhibit.
“The Spectrum Show.” The Museum of American Illustration at the Society
of Illustrators, NY, NY Sept 7 to Oct 1st, 2005.
· The Art of the New York Times, The Society of Illustrators, New York City, December 2004
· “The Art of Der Spiegel – Cover Illustrations over Five Decades,” A traveling show in Germany and the United States, Nov 2004 through Jan 2006.
Women in Illustration: Contemporary Visions and Voices, The Norman
Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA, four paintings, March 6, 2004 through May 31, 2004
· Illustrating the Sea. Group show at The Maritime Gallery at Mystic Seaport, Mystic CT, several paintings on a nautical theme. March 13-April 25, 2004.
The Society of Illustrators, 46th Annual Exhibition, New York City, NY,
Editorial and Book show February 28 - March 27, 2004
· “The Fantasies of Kinuko Y. Craft,” Norfolk Library, Norfolk, CT Dec 2002~Jan 2003.
· “The Realm of Enchantment" The Franklin Mint Museum, US Rt. 1, Franklin Center, PA. January 16 through March 4, 2000. Over fifty paintings.
· “Illustrating Women” Ringling School of Art & Design, Sarasota, Florida 2000.
· “Masters of the Art of Children's Books” University of Wisconsin - Eau Claire 2000.
· “Other Realms” exhibit at The Discovery Museum, Bridgeport CT.
· “The Fine Art of Illustration” 1995, Hunderdon Art Center, Hunterdon, NJ.
· “Women Illustrators in New England”, Radcliffe College, Cambridge MA.
“Brave Little Girls” The National Museum of Women in the Arts - an
exhibition that traveled widely in the United States for several years.
“The Art of Enchantment,” The Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA
also a traveling exhibition.
· Other group exhibitions include: Cartoon Art Museum, San Francisco - “Visions of the Floating World,” 1992.
· The Art Directors Club of New York - “New York 5” (Also a traveling exhibit in Japan) – 1988.
· Musee de la Civilisation, Quebec, Canada.
· A one-woman show at the Society of Illustrators, NY in 1983.
Fairy tale books:
· The Twelve Dancing Princesses, Morrow Junior Books, 1989
· Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave, 1994 Morrow Junior Books
· Cupid & Psyche, 1996 Morrow Junior Books
· Pegasus, 1998 Morrow Junior Books
· King Midas and the Golden Touch, 1999 Morrow Junior Books
· Cinderella, 2000 Sea Star Books
· Tom Thumb, Sea Star Books 2001
· Sleeping Beauty, SeaStar Books 2002.
Other children's books include:
· Mother Goose ABC, 1977 Platt & Munk
· Bear, Wolf and Mouse, 1975 Follett Publishing
· What Is It, Follett Publishing
· Gingerbread Children, 1973 Follett Publishing
· Come Play With Me, 1975 Follett Publishing
· Cookie House, Follett Publishing 1978
· Treasure Island, 1980 Rain Tree Publishers
· Classics, 1977 Platt & Munk
· Rumplestiltskin, Scott Foresman & Co.
Guest lectures, workshops:
Ms. Craft has guest lectured at:
· The Washington DC Society of Illustrators
· Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA
· The Ringling School of Art & Design, Sarasota Florida
· The Stamford Design Conference, Palo Alto, CA
· Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
· San Jose State University, San Jose, CA
· Academy of Art College San Francisco
· San Francisco Society of Illustrators
· Community College of Arts and Crafts San Francisco, CA
· School of Visual Arts in New York City
· The Art Institute of Boston-1998 duPont Visiting Artist Series
· Rhode Island School of Design
· Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, where she has taught two summer workshop classes
· Travel/Lecture with “New York 5” in Japan during 1989, including a traveling exhibit.
· Artist Guest of Honor. World Fantasy Con, Madison, WI November 2005
Judging’s and appointed positions:
Craft has been called upon regularly as a judge at professional shows
and competitions. Some of these include:
· The Washington DC Society if Illustrators
· The Cleveland Art Directors Club
· The Dallas Society of Illustrators
· The Society of Illustrators of New York, various exhibitions
· The Hamilton King Awards (Society of Illustrators, NY)
· The Los Angeles Society of Illustrators
· The San Francisco Society of Illustrators.
· 1998 Communication Arts Magazine Illustration Annual.
· Member of The Advisory Board to the Norman Rockwell Museum, Stockbridge, MA.
· The Society of Illustrators, New York City, NY, member since mid 1970’s
· The Illustrators Partnership of America, founding member
· American Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists (The ASFA), member
Clients: Her work has included paintings for:
· Time and Newsweek Magazines
· National Geographic
· Forbes Magazine
· Sports Illustrated
· The New York Times
· Atlantic Monthly
· US News and World Report
· Playboy Magazine
· Cover art for many major book publishers and advertising art for major ad agencies.
· Her work has also graced posters for the Washington and Dallas Operas.
Ms. Craft now devotes most of her time to illustrating children's
picture books and fantasy book jackets. She completed her eight picture
book, Sleeping Beauty, published by SeaStar Books of New York City, 2001.
Comments on the work of Ms. Craft by major organizations and the press:
· “A...major figure in contemporary American illustration.” Syracuse University.
“K.Y. Craft’s illustrations are wonderful fun.” Gahan Wilson, for the
N.Y. Times Book Review.
· "...one of today's most profound Renaissance painters.” CMYK Magazine.
· “Her attention to detail is unflagging.” Publishers weekly.
“Craft’s oil on watercolor paintings are splendid,"… "exquisitely
rendered.” Kirkus reviews.
· “...lush illustrations...are sure to enthrall...” New Yorker Magazine.
· "A consummate artist" School Library Journal.
· “Craft's illustrations are almost unbearably sumptuous" INFONDA.COM
Kinuko Y. Craft resides in Connecticut with her husband Mahlon and her German shepherd, Wolfgang III.
LITERARY AND MASS MARKET AUTHORS whose book jackets have been illustrated by Ms. Craft:
SCIENCE FICTION AND FANTASY AUTHORS whose book jackets have been illustrated by Ms. Craft
-Orson Scott Card
-Sherri S. Tepper
-Guy Gavriel Kay
-Raymond E. Feist
-Marion Zimmer Bradley