Cartoon Portraits of Remarkable Islanders
by Wayne Wright
120 Pages, printed b/w, soft cover
Wayne Wright figures he’s drawn the faces of ten thousand Islanders over the years. Most of them appear on the editorial page of Summerside’s Journal Pioneer — he’s been drawing that newspaper’s daily cartoons since 1979. Other faces show up on posters promoting celebrity roast fundraisers, and as portraits marking special occasions in Islanders’ lives.
“I love faces,” says Wayne. They may be the greatest ornament God bestows upon us. Happily, most Islanders have faces — politicians sometimes own two. In an Islander’s face one can read the story of that man or woman’s life, dreams and heartbreaks.”
This is not your usual Who’s Who of the rich and famous. There are a few politicians and premiers, business leaders and sport heroes, but Wayne’s favourite faces belong to salt-of-the-earth Islanders “who lived by the side of the road and are a friend to man.”
These Island men, women and children — including a selection of friends and neighbours who have passed through the Pearly Gates — are rendered with an impressive array of artistry and deep affection.
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