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The Walrus submission for A Whales Tale.


  • 1. Art is about stories. And sometimes, one still image begs for another. Thats exactly what Rich Rawlyk has done with A Whales Tale. He has given the reader the opportunity to experience a beautiful Canadian icon in more than one moment. Based on the story of brothers grow- ing up in the arctic, this collection, while visually simple delves into a profound story of transformation that parallels the experiences of Rich himself. A Whales Tale Walrus Magazine, July 6th 2010

2. Cover Image: From the tail of a whale.Highlighted images are featured in this document, for the complete story visit: http://awhalestaleillustrated.blogspot.com/ A Whales TaleWalrus Magazine, July 6th 2010 3. Beyond reach, children raced in ageless games of youth, laughing they spent thelong days summer lent them. Children playingInk, 10 x 7 inA Whales Tale Walrus Magazine, July 6th 2010 4. Far from the busy shore, in the plentiful waters of summer whales splashed, Wishypaddled among the whales with uid motion, watching and listening he felt a partof their games.Despite pressure to leave what most thought foolish, Wishy persisted each daywith renewed hope, a hope kept constant by faith that he would learn everythinghe could about whales. Among the whales Ink, 10 x 7 inA Whales TaleWalrus Magazine, July 6th 2010 5. We gathered when the spring arrived. Passing through the crowded lands wejourneyed back to the shore. There we remembered the sea and could see thatour future and our freedom lay in the open waters. We dove into the waters andknew immediately that land was not where we belonged. Beyond the hunters Ink, 10 x 7 inA Whales TaleWalrus Magazine, July 6th 2010 6. Rich chose to study design in art school, which offered all the comforts, stability and rewards that would make a designer giddy and an artist miserable. Now, humbled and looking for experiences that will scare him, inspire him and force him to reduce his ideas to one blank canvas, Rich is nally home. Richs work is relatable, insightful and can go from loose and droll to grown up serious before the ink even has a chance to dry. But aside from what Richs ideas make us think and feel and want, we like the fact that he fearlessly allows himself to play, without rules, and without supervision. Hes always got the place to himself, and we like that too. We like the fact that hes been a spoke in the wheel of a mega agency. We like the fact that hes a bit of an over-sharer. And we like the fact that theres an actual idea that vera- ciously guides him through whatever little bit of Canadiana hes narrating at that given time. Sometimes its a painting. Other times its a lithograph. The odd time its just a rec- reation of a pattern from Grandmas sofa in 1978. He moves slowly, assuredly, wildly. He paints. He blogs. He illustrates. And on the days when he has no idea where hes going thats when we really, really like him.Phone: 403-852-3097rich.rawlyk@gmail.com A Whales TaleRich Rawlyk 305 Patterson View S. W.. Calgary, July 6th 2010Walrus Magazine, AB T3H 3J9