Last night at the Utopiales festival in Nantes, France, Jean-Baptiste Monge received the the Art and Fact Prize (Prix Artetfact). Mr. Monge (b. 1971) has created several magnificent oversize illustrated books on the world of faeries, and recently won the Silver Medal from Spectrum Annual of Fantastic Art.
I was honored to present the award to Mr. Monge during the ceremonies, as we are friends and I am an enthusiastic admirer of his work. He has a reverence for the masters of illustration, such as Rackham, Dulac, Bauer and Rockwell, and an uncanny ability to create believable characters in the world of faerie.
Art et Fact Association (website and gallery in French)
Website of J.B. Monge
Lines and Colors post on Mr. Monge with lots of links to his books, etc.
The award was supported by the Maison d’Ailleurs Museum (website in French and English) of Yverdon, Switzerland, whose director, Patrick Gyger, appears at left in the photo.