The Art of Sherlock Holmes is a totally unique experience. Imagine a dozen or more of the finest artists in the U.S. creating art for some the best new short stories written by some of the finest Holmes authors in the world. Each artist has envisioned their version of one story specifically selected for them. All stories and art in one large, hardcover, coffee table presentation volume. This first edition features artists from West Palm Beach, Florida. Future editions will be global, with participating artists contributing from all over the world. The Art of Sherlock Holmes was conceived and curated by Phil Growick, himself a renowned Holmes author.
The Art of Sherlock Holmes is a book with a wonderful blend of art and fiction combined. Don’t think I have ever come across anything similar and I thought it was certainly a very novel idea.
Before each short story, there is brief introduction to the author and artist, of which, the artists art work is then shown before the short story begins. It was very interesting to read the story of which inspiration was given from the art work. I have no doubt that many writers could have given different interpretations from the same art work.
Admittedly it’s some time since I have read a Sherlock Holmes novel, mainly reading them in my teens. Certain things tend to stay with you though, one being the camaraderie between Holmes and Watson. A few of the authors especially bring this to life, especially the short story Two Plus Two which did have me chuckling at the banter between the two.
The Art of Sherlock Holmes is a book that will appeal to art lovers as well as fans of Sherlock Holmes. It’s great to see two different types of art, coming together and bringing to life a much loved fictional character. It would certainly be very eye catching on someones book shelf as well as be a conversation starter. Very enjoyable.
My thanks to Caroline at Bits About Books for inviting to be part of the blog tour and for an advanced readers copy. All opinions are my own and not biased in anyway.
The Art of Sherlock Holmes is available to purchase from Amazon. (Please note that link used is an affiliate link).
The project was conceived by and is curated by Phil Growick. Phil ran one of the world’s leading executive search firms in the advertising industry. Phil’s network in the creative world is unparalleled which is perfect for artist acquisition. Now living in West Palm, Phil is heavily involved in the local art community and as a two-time Sherlock Holmes novelist came up with the concept of combining two of his passions – art and Holmes.
“You’re presented with murder, theft, treason, betrayal, love, loss and greed. All the ingredients to make a delicious Holmes meal of mystery: inimitable interpretations of truly unique Holmes stories.”
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MX is the world’s largest Sherlock Holmes publisher. The MX Book of New Sherlock Holmes Stories is the world’s largest new Sherlock stories collection with twelve bestselling volumes in the last four years – with three more volumes due in May 2019. Over 100 authors have taken part in the anthology including NY Times best sellers Lee Child, Jonathan Kellerman, Lyndsay Faye and Bonnie MacBird.
The collection raises money for the Stepping Stones School ( a school for children with learning disabilities) at Undershaw, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s former home which carries the Estate’s Conan Doyle Seal. The collection has overwhelming support from leading Sherlockians worldwide. MX are in a perfect position to bring the best in Holmes fiction and the Sherlock fan base to the project.
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