CAN A COAL SCUTTLE FLY?

Miller, Tom (1945-2000, illustrator) and Murphy, Camay Calloway (words)

ISBN 10: 0938420550 / ISBN 13: 9780938420552
Published by Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1996. dj, 1996
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SIGNED hardcover first edition - First printing. The only children's book illustrated by Tom Miller, an award-winning artist whose exuberant work has been described as 'Afro-Deco.' This book, based on his own childhood, is all about the possiblities - what objects can be, and what people can be - and even though it was done several years after he was diagnosed with AIDS, this is a joyous book. The accompanying text is by Camay Calloway Murphy, daughter of jazz musician Cab Calloway and an award-winning educator. SIGNED by the author, Camay Calloway Murphy with the words 'Hope that you enjoy this book! " and dated in 1996. Also inscribed with the notation that 'Christopher's mother wrote this book' Large format, unpaginated. Fine in fine dust jacket. An uncommon book, especially signed. LIMITED TIME SALE: All prices shown have been REDUCED by 25% for the ABEBOOKS SALE. Dust jacketsare protected with archival covers, and books are carefully packed for shipping. Bookseller Inventory # 53974

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Title: CAN A COAL SCUTTLE FLY?

Publisher: Baltimore: Maryland Historical Society, 1996. dj

Publication Date: 1996

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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Describes the artist's childhood and how he learned to turn found objects into works of art by painting them bright colors

Review:

"Miller, who paints in a bold cubist style he calls 'Afro Deco,' uses his exuberant paintings to illustrate the story of his coming of age as an artist in Baltimore. Surrounded by affection in a visually stimulating environment, the young Miller cavorts through a joyful world of primary-colored objects and multi-hued relatives and neighbors. Conflicts are hinted at in the artist's fleeting unease at entering an all-white art school, but Miller's path leads fairly smoothly to success in realizing a unique artistic vision while maintaining close ties to his cultural roots. Unfortunately Murphy's narrative, while easily understood, lacks the freewheeling inventiveness of Miller's vivacious, slyly patterned paintings. Still, the spirit of the artist―and the idea that 'hope, love, hard work and lots of color' can accomplish miracles―comes through."

(Publishers Weekly)

"Baltimore native Tom Miller is a nationally known artist. Here, Miller illustrates his life story and emphasizes the message of the possibilities of life. Miller loved color from the time he was very young, and his Baltimore neighborhood was full of sights and sounds and laughter. His first project was painting a coal scuttle and making it look like a bird. Later, he went to art school and then taught art, always telling his students that 'anything is possible when you are true to your colors and true to yourself.' Miller is certainly true to his colors: his artwork is bold and imaginative and executed in a style he calls Afro Deco. Kids will respond to both the freewheeling shapes and the positive message. As much an art book as a biography."

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