High Arts - Design & Illustration

About five years ago artist/illustrator J. Steven High contracted the Celtic fever (furor Celticus) which sent him upon a long and sinuous path, in pursuit of the various forms of Celtic art. The journey has just begun. Above are some of his humble steps along the way. The pieces included here he calls "Celtish" because they have a certain Celtic "flavor", but are nowhere near so complex or detailed as the celebrated illuminations, produced by Celto-Christian scribes in the Dark Ages. In fact, Kenneth Clark has said of the Books of Durrow, Lindesfarne and Kells: "…the pages of pure ornament are almost the richest and most complicated pieces of abstract decoration ever produced, more sophisticated and refined than in Islamic art. We look at them for ten seconds, then we pass on to something else that we can interpret or read. But imagine if one couldn't read and had nothing else to look at for weeks at a time. Then these pages would have an almost hypnotic effect." (Civilisation, p.11)

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After you've enjoyed the art of John Steven High, we invite you to enjoy the links below.


Lots of Links
Michael Carroll-Brilliant Modern Celtic Artist
Every Celtic Thing on the Web
Maxine Miller's Celtic Links
Celtic Doodler
Celtic Cornwal Links
Celtic Encyclopedia
Tara Brooch
Cari Buziak
World of Celtic Art
Modern Celtic Art Sites


E-Mail High Arts
J. Steven High


The Society for Creative Anachronism


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