Discovered on Vacation: Alois Carigiet
We recently returned from a trip to Europe! We backpacked our way through 7 cities in 10 days. It was a crazy whirlwind full of experiences that I'm still processing.
In Chur, Switzerland I learned of an artist while we staying in the Romantik Hotel Stern.
As you can see, the space is totally adorable! The hotel also had a nice selection of artwork that appeared to all be from the same artist. I especially liked this illustration that was in our room. It's a little mid-century mixed with contemporary, mixed with some Dr. Seuss qualities... just so cute!
While walking around the town I noticed more illustrations with the same character. As we were checking out I asked the front desk staff about the art and the character. She explained that the hotel owner was very good friends with the artist Alois Carigiet, as a result, the hotel had several original works by the artist. Below are some that were on display.
The artist is best known for illustrating Schellen- Ursli a children's story that is just as popular to the locals as Heidi...that's where the character is from! I have yet to find the text online in English but apparently, the book follows a little boy (Ursli) who wants to present the largest bell for the Swiss holiday Chalanda-Marz. Which is a holiday that welcomes spring through the ringing of bells. Readers follow his journey as he ventures into the snow-covered Swiss Alps to his families summer home in order to retrieve a large bell that is stored there. The story was turned into a film in 2015.
I ended up buying a few mini books by the artist.
I found a short video of the artist where he talks about how art is better at capturing specific details than photography.
I was surprised to discover another artist while we were away. I'll share that in a future post.