Raising the Bar

So we might not be entirely impartial when it comes to assessing the creative output of Israeli-born Noma Bar (he's a long-term Esquire contributor, after all), but it's hard not to be drawn to his unique take on illustration, which deftly blends the linear conservatism of graphic design with the wry commentary of political cartoons.

While his first collection of work, Guess Who?: The Many Faces of Noma Bar focussed on neatly deconstructing celebrity profiles (Kim Jong-Il's nuclear warhead eyebrows being a particular highlight), his latest tome, Negative Space, is far broader in its scope. 

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Bar describes it as "a collection of positive observations of negative situations - clashes, arguments, wars, etc. - and my solutions to them." We merely think it's another faultless body of work from one of the most talented in the business. But then we were bound to say that, right? 

Out on 21 September (Mark Batty Publisher)