Time to Meet our ILW 59 Judges ~ This week is Kadir Nelson.

We are excited to share our distinguished group of judges for this year’s Illustration West 59! This week meet Kadir Nelson. Kadir is an award-winning American author and artist based in Los Angeles, California. He has created artwork for Steven Spielberg’s AMISTAD and SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON. He has worked on over thirty children’s books with authors Debbie Allen, Will Smith, and Spike and Tonya Lee. His work has been honored with the Caldecott Medal, the Coretta Scott King Author and Illustrator Awards to name a few. He has created illustrations for NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC, HBO, Nike, Disney and many other clients. His paintings are in the permanent collections of the United States House of Representatives, the Muskegon Museum of Art, The National Baseball Hall of Fame, United States Postal Museum, the International Olympic Committee, the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, and the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

Check out more of his work at https://www.kadirnelson.com

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