The Big Picture
Children’s book illustrator PJ Lynch has enticed generations of children and adults into the magical worlds of Andersen’s The Snow Queen, the smoky Victorian London of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and the adventures of John Howland, a stowaway on the Mayflower who survived falling overboard to land in the New World.
Announced as the new Laureate na nÓg by President Michael D Higgins in 2016, Northern Irish born PJ Lynch is the fourth artist to be awarded the title. He has created artwork for more than 20 books, from illustrating classic texts to original stories. He has also designed a series of posters for opera and theatre productions including Orfeo Ed Euridice, Tosca and The Importance of Being Earnest, as well as a collection of stamps.
Irish literature and Irish writers, in fiction, poetry and theatre, are highly regarded around the world, with four Nobel Laureates for Literature including George Bernard Shaw, WB Yeats, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney. Laureate na nÓg is one of three Laureates which also includes the Irish Laureate for Poetry and the Laureate for Fiction.
PJ builds on the tradition of Irish storytelling, utilising his unique visual language to bring the stories to life, creating beautifully illustrated characters and landscapes that take you right to the heart of these strange and mysterious worlds. His theme as Laureate na nÓg is The Big Picture and he creates regular podcasts involving live drawing techniques as well as guests who talk about their drawing passions. His work is part of a rising generation of world-renowned Irish illustrators including Chris Judge, Oliver Jeffers and Fatti Burke, all of whom are taking the art of storytelling to new visual landscapes.