Encyclopedia of Fantasy (1997)
Odle, Alan

(1888-1948) UK artist and illustrator whose style was in the direct tradition of William Hogarth (1697-1764) but who displayed a disturbing element of Surrealism in his subject matter. He is now recognized as one of the masters of grotesque Illustration. Recurring themes in his work were dismemberment and transmuting plant and animal lifeforms. AO claimed that a major influence was the children's comic Chatterbox.

AO was art editor of The Gypsy (1915-1916), a short-lived periodical in which several of his drawings were published. An alcoholic and consumptive, he was not expected to live long, but married the novelist Dorothy Richardson (1873-1957) in 1917 and lived an impoverished life with her in Cornwall for over 30 years. [RT]

Alan Elsden Odle


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