Finally, we can tell you about Martin’s work for Folio

Martin O’Neill was commissioned to recreate the cover for the best selling novel by Oliver Sacks, along with 10 internal full page illustrations for the Folio Society, London. The book will be published in a limited edition of 5000 copies.

The illustrations were created over 6 months. O’Neill says he tried to approach the images with a completely open mind and tried to get rid of the usual compositional traits he employed in his work. The subject matter being so rich and sometimes fantastical. A lot of the stories/descriptions of patients problems dealt with the breaking down of neurological function and how that affected their daily lives.

Inspired by his young daughters sticky paper collages he decided to try and break down figurative forms into diamond and rhombus shapes, then try reconstructing them again in a haphazard manner. The resultant collages hail a new, more abstract, direction for O’Neill’s literary based work and has spawned many experimental off shoot images which will be on O’Neill’s new website, when the book is launched in May 2011.

Title: The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat
Author: Oliver Sacks
Publisher: The Folio Society
Published: May 2011

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