A hand-sewn, delightfully illustrated book on acid free paper created and self-published by the artist, Charles Van Sandwyk. The calligraphy by the artist weaves simple wisdoms ("arrows of wisdom fly straight from the heart"; *remember your roots for they are common to us all";"live and love beyond earthly achievement") with exquisite images.
"Animal Wisdom" by Charles Van Sandwyk
Charles van Sandwyk was born in Johannesburg, South Africa in 1966. In 1977, he emigrated with his family to Vancouver, Canada, where he studied graphic design at the Capilano College art programme in North Vancouver. By the early 1980's, he was selling his drawings and watercolours in a style reminiscent of the old prints and paintings which hung in the family home. Upon graduating in 1986, the wanderlust of younger years sent him travelling to the South Pacific. He discovered the Fiji Islands, and fell in love with a remote island and its inhabitants. His first attempt at publishing has now evolved into a passionate, ongoing venture into the world of handmade and private press books and prints. His watercolours, etchings and books are collected across North America and in Europe. He divides his time equally between Vancouver and Fiji (leasing land from the neighbouring family and building for himself a simple home of grass thatch, in the traditional island style) and has settled into a pleasurable routine of winter seasons in Fiji filled with painting and writing, the results of which are brought back to Canada each summer and prepared for exhibition and publication each autumn.