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Vegan Art: A Book of Visual Protest By Tommy Kane

Publisher: HENI Publishing

Vegan Art
Vegan Art: A Book of Visual Protest By Tommy Kane
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ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1912122308
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1912122301


Tommy Kane brings together, for the first time, a collection of contemporary vegan artists whose works grapple with one of the biggest issues of our century and confront our conflicted relationship with animals. With diverse contributions, Vegan Art combines a passion for art as a language with the rebellion against animal abuse and exploitation, with the belief that art should be a mechanism for social change.

The complex visual language of the book is purposefully graphic and controversial. From utopian depictions of a world that vegans are fighting for, to dark dystopian impressions and brutal, bloody mutilations of non-human animals in industrial agriculture, the project tests the potential of our humanity and asks for equality for all species. With violent imagery and references to major food corporations - such as McDonalds - the project is unflinching in its advocation of veganism and animal rights.

Vegan Art engenders a sense of humility with a shared view that art has the power to move people to be informed consumers.

Featuring artworks by Tommy Kane, Andrew Tilsley, Sue Coe, Milk DoNg Comics, Dan Piraro, Melinda Hegedus, Tommy Flynn and Cynical Coyote.

About the Author:

Tommy Kane is an illustrator living in Brooklyn. He's traveled all over the world drawing what he observes in his sketchbooks. His style is very intense and detailed. Sometimes it can take up to 6 or 7 hours to complete one image. Tommy began his career as an illustrator for the Buffalo Evening News. He then spent 35 years as a creative director in advertising in Manhattan. You have probably seen some of his campaigns for Samsung, IBM, Barnes & Noble, Yellow Tail wine and BASF. His television commercial for, shoe designer Steve Madden, appears in the Martin Scorcese film, "The Wolf Of Wall Street." Tommy was Steve's creative during the crazy time depicted in the movie. Two of his commercials are in the Museum of Modern Art permanent collection. In the 1990's, he art directed many music videos for MTV. Lenny Kravitz, Robert Palmer and Buster Poindexter, just to name a few. While his career was going strong, he never gave up his love for drawing and painting. There are stacks of completed sketchbooks piled in his home studio. He recently became vegan. A lot of his new work is conceptual illustrations about the mistreatment of animals at big factory farms. He has a large online presence and many fans throughout the world. 

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