Saint Petersburg: [Dmitry Sayenko], 2016. Sayenko, Dmitry. First and Limited Edition. Hardcover. Number 9 of 15, folio, 44 pp., signed by Dmitry Sayenko. Fine. Item #17072605
Dmitry Sayenko (b. 1965 in Kiev) learned a love of book illustration from his father, a book illustrator himself, by watching him at work. In 1995 Dmitry graduated from the Mukhina Art School, St. Petersburg, where he still lives and works and in 1993 he began to work in the artist book field while he continues to teach. For most of his books, Dmitry not only designs the book, but makes the cuts, prints and binds the books, and for several also makes the paper. His works are in private collections as well as institutions around the world, including the Russian National Library, the Staatsbibliotheck, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Birmingham Museum of Art, the Van Abbemuseum, and the Eoun-ho Kim Collection, among others. Dmitry's illustrations are powerful and evocative, and in addition to wood and linocuts he uses other media such as pieces of old sheet music in creating his books. This celebrates the ages-old custom of "The Hunt", with its requirements for bravery and skill on the part of the hunter, and shares whimsical stories of royal personages who had a passion for hunting - such as the father of Peter the Great, who "had a huge collection of exotic birds, his falcon yards alone contained over 3,000 birds each of which he knew by name". ***DESCRIPTION: Bound in full green jacquard fabric with brass corner-pieces, front inset of tan handmade paper with linocut in black of a hooded falcon, title and decorations in brown beneath, all edges uncut, moss green endpapers, pictorial title page, linocuts on almost every page in black, brown, green and rust colours interspersed with text; type Franklin Gothic, paper handmade by the artist with his watermark of Queen Swan (100% cotton), folio size (13.75" by 9.75"), unpaginated, 44 pages with English text and linocut images printed on both sides, limited edition of 15 copies, each numbered and signed by the artist, this no. 9. Enclosed in a cardboard slipcase with matching green jacquard fabric edges. ***CONDITION: Fine, as new; we acquired the book directly from the book artist, it is as it came from his studio; slipcase also fine. ***POSTAGE: International customers please note that additional postage may apply as the standard does not always cover costs, please inquire for details. ***Swan's Fine Books is pleased to be a member of the ABAA, IOBA and ILAB and we stand behind every book we sell. Please contact us with any questions, we are here to help.