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Interviewed by Giuseppe Castellano, 80 minutes,  The Illustration Dept Podcast, April 11.


Magazine Digest: A Forgotten Jewish-Canadian Alternative to Cultural Nationalism

A narrated slideshow presentation that was part of an online conference titled Future States: Modernity and national identity in popular magazines, 1890-1945, hosted by the Centre for Design History at the University of Brighton, 30 March – 17 April 2020. Published as "Recuperating Magazine Digest: Jewish Identity and Cultural Nationalism in Canadian Publishing," The Devil’s Artisan: A Journal of the Printing Arts, Number 87 (Fall/Winter 2020): 45-64, AND in a book.      


What is Illustration? Framing Our Research

An invited keynote presentation for Transposition as Artistic Practice (part 1 of an international research project titled Illuminating the Non-Representable), Faculty of Art, Music, and Design, University of Bergen, Norway, Oct. 19.

This talk explores the European etymological and intellectual heritage  of "illustration" and critiques its blindspots and exclusions inherent in privileging unfettered access to the gaze.


Embodying Word and Image: Magazines in Illustration Studies

A reflexive, practice-based inquiry into illustration-research methodology applied to periodical studies., using Western Home Monthly (1898-1934) as a case study.

Special forum on Reading and Using the Magazine in Academic Research: Interdisciplinary Methodologies, Modernism/modernity, Volume 4, Cycle 2 (July 2019) DOI: 10.26597/mod.0111


Old Texts/New Data: The Canon According to Illustration Experts, 1830-1970

2019, 2020
A conference presentation on the marginalization of women and formation of canon in illustration's historiography. Illustration Across Media: Nineteenth Century to Now, Washington University, St Louis, March 21-23.

Refer to the latest update of this project for new refined results, which are published as “Illustrator Identity in the Historical Record, 1830-1970: A Quantitative, Bibliographic Inquiry into Canon and Renown,” Nathalie Collé and Monica Latham, gen. eds. and dirs. Sophie Aymes, Brigitte Friant-Kessler and Maxime Leroy, guest eds. Illustrating Identity-ies / Illustrer l’identité. Vol. 10. Collection Book Practices & Textual Itineraries. Nancy: Presses Universitaires de Nancy – Éditions Universitaires de Lorraine, 2020. 246 pages. ISBN : 978-2-8143-0580-9.  


The Illustration Game

Article on the present and future of illustration (US focus) and tongue-in-cheek history of the last 60 years in illustration, presented as a board game. The background of the game is filled in with notable, telling quotations over the years. The context, commentary, citation and full text of each quote is downloadable. The Illustration Game appears in Communication Arts, May/June 2019. Clickimage below for high-resolution.



History of Illustration (Bloomsbury 2018; 592pp, full colour)

The first textbook on the subject, covering traditions from every continent. Edited by Susan Doyle, Jaleen Grove, Whitney Sherman, with over 50 contributors and 900 images. 592pp, order from Bloomsbury.

Review appearing in the Journal of the Printing Historical Society, Winter 2018.   Further reviews are available by request, or see full cv for details.

Editorial: The ‘Theoretical Turn’ and Pedagogy in Illustration Education

Journal of Illustration, Vol. 5 # 2 (Fall): 179-190. This essay discusses the pros and cons of the academicization of illustration curricula worldwide.

Anita Kunz Hall of Fame Essay

A nice summary of Kunz's career and work written for the New York Society of Illustrators.

Oscar Cahén book chapters: "The Early Years" and "Oscar Cahén's Vulgar Modernism"

Chapters in the definitive book on Oscar Cahén. The first provides essential information on Cahén's unusual childhood and youth, including his involvement in espionage; and the second is a reprint of a paper that also appears in Devil's Artisan (2016), which discusses Cahén's unusual and creepy illustrations of the late 1940s. PDF includes Table of Contents, Index, and other matter.

Editorial: The Illustrator as Public Intellectual

Editorial discussing the trend in illustraton towards greater social engagement. Published in the Journal of Illustration, Vol. 4 #1 (Spring 2017).

Portrait of the Illustrator as a Young Woman: review of Crabapple's book Drawing Blood

Review of Molly Crabapple's 2015 memoir, Drawing Blood. Published in the Journal of Illustration, Vol. 4 #1 (Spring 2017).

Drawing Out Illustration History in Canada 1.4 pdf

History of systemic, institutional discrimination against illustration and design in Canada.
RACAR: revue d'art canadienne / Canadian Art Review,
Vol. 40, No. 2, Design Studies in Canada (and beyond) / Les études du design au Canada (et au-delà) (2015), pp. 115-129

Evaluating Illustration Aesthetically 3.7 pdf

A primer for people new to the illustration world, debunking some myths and providing a list of aspects unique to illustration one should take into consideration. Originally released online August 2011, this version is the final published one from 2013

Netting Jellyfish: A point of view on illustration research from the United States and Canada Journal of Writing in Creative Practise

Due to copyright, I cannot provide a download; please go to a university library to locate. If this is difficult for you, please email me and I will get you something. --Jaleen

As researchers in illustration continue to develop what some call ‘illustration theory’, the need for a meta-perspective grows. What is illustration research? Who is doing it? Why are we doing it, and how? What opportunities, needs and pitfalls exist? Focussing on activity in The United States and Canada, this article offers a conceptual model of ‘illustration research’ in which three domains of current activity are surveyed: that of practitioners, that of connoisseurs and that of scholars. Strengths and weaknesses of each area are discussed, and suggestions regarding purpose and needs are made. A reference list representing work from the three domains follows.

A Castle of One’s Own:
Interactivity in Chatelaine Magazine, 1928-35
(58k pdf) Journal of Canadian Studies

Due to copyright, I cannot provide a download; please go to a university library to locate. If this is difficult for you, please email me and I will get you something. --Jaleen

Chatelaine promoted maternal feminism with a variety of illustrated content and with mixed results. Hand-drawn imagery in 1928 connoted both individual expression and collective national identity. Readers’ material interaction with illustration developed their self-direction, critical judgement, and creativity in how they received editorial, advertising, and aesthetic messages. This made the magazine popular and gave it counterpublic potential. Unfortunately, Chatelaine—an important employer of women at first—replaced much of the illustration by female artists with men’s work and generic photographs after 1932. Ironically, Chatelaine’s celebration of essentialized femininity in pictures and other texts contributed to the exclusion of women from “masculine” illustration jobs, even as such imagery also brought women together in solidarity.


Walter Haskell Hinton: Illustrator of the Popular American West

Using primary sources, this monograph surveys Hinton's life as an illustrator of advertising and pulp magazines and calendars, as well as his oil paintings. Hinton was active in Philadelphia at the beginning of his career but retured to the Chicago area from the 1920s to his death in the 1970s. He is most remembered today for his work for John Deere and covers of outdoor sports magazines.   

Towards Illustration Theory: Robert Weaver, Harold Rosenberg, and the Action Illustrator? 7MB pdf Journal of Art Criticism

This paper retroactively constructs a debate between illustrator Robert Weaver and the art critic Harold Rosenberg (who coined the term "action painting" and launched the careers of the Abstract Expressionists). Both men largely agree, except Rosenberg couldn't get over his prejudice against commercial art, despite his 30 year career with the Advertising Council.....!

The Impact of Illustrators’ Online Communities on Recent Visual Communication 7MB pdf Paper presented at the Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK, Canada.

May 31, 2007
Abstract from 2007, when this topic was still novel:
Illustrators' relative isolation from other creators led them to exploit the possibilities of the internet more than their fine-art counterparts. Using interviews and cases, my paper looks at networks among Canadian illustrators, tracing the new networks formed through online communities, blogs, email newsletters, vendors and agents, and personal websites. I theorize that the return in the last ten years [1997-2007] to a fashionable, highly illustrative vocabulary in fine art and visual communication may be linked to the newfound visibility and power resulting from creative co-operation between illustrators who were previously unable to so easily share their work and professional experiences. Illustrators have made a new space of public knowledge between themselves, enabling them to take their creative approach to a wider public, which has re-engaged illustration and comics as a popular means of communication in the public sphere.

Illustration, Post-Illustration, and Those Who Draw 156K pdf

Delivered Nov. 2, 2006 at the University Art Association of Canada's annual conference, Waterloo, Ont, in the Canadian Drawing panel chaired by Christine Lalonde of the National Gallery of Canada. This is a working paper, polemic in tone, arguing that the evaluation of contemporary art drawing is compromised by general ignorance and historical dismissal of artistic values traditional to the draughtsmanly applied, popular and commercial arts. Please send me feedback!

Ph.D. dissertation:
A Cultural Trade? Canadian Illustrators at Home and in the United States, 1880-1960
(6.2MB pdf)

May, 2014
Canadian illustrators' impact on national identity

MA Thesis
But is it Art? The Construction and Valuation of Illustration in Victoria's Island Illustrators Society

MA thesis in Communication and Culture
Ryerson University, 2006

Basic argument - that the Island Illustrators Society of Victoria, BC represents a way to make art that challenges the divide in the art scene between contemporary, non-commercial artists and conservative, commercial artists.

The Model Book 1.3 MB pdf

An etiquette guide I wrote in 1998, based on my own experiences and on interviews with numerous other models in Victoria and Vancouver BC.







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