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Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava 2011 stamp

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The Slovak Post has issued a stamp commemorating the Biennial of Illustrations Bratislava (BIB), largest non-commercial event of its kind in the world presenting the original works of books for children and youth in a competitive way. It is held every odd year in autumn in Bratislava. The BIB International Jury awards 11 prizes - Grand Prix BIB, five BIB Golden Apples and five BIB Plaques.

The stamp is a reproduced illustration from the book Tracy's Tiger by a talented young Slovak artist Martina Matlovicova-Kralova (24th Dec 1975), which won the previous Biennial BIB Golden Apple. Her work is characterized by the use of combined techniques - painting is often supplemented by collage which completes the whole illustration compositionally.

The illustrations of the book Tracy's Tiger are very diverse genre and color. Each illustration seems to be from a different book, but it is precisely this inconsistency that creates a whole that makes this book interesting. Illustrations appear easily and freely in the book which was also the reason why this work was awarded the BIB Golden Apple.

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