British children's author, painter, muralist, illustrator and poster artist.
If ever there was a British artist who should have been a printmaker it surely was Kay Nixon. To my humble opinion. She produced so many wonderful pictures in a woodblock orientalist Japanese style. In watercolor and pencil. But, sadly, she wasn't a printmaker.
These great watercolour budgies is how I stumbled over Kay Nixon’s art. Looking for parrots (great and small) on prints on the www.
Just have a look and enjoy some of the following illustrations from this great and forgotten (1962) book:
Kay Nixon was trained at Camden and Birmingham Schools of Art and after her marriage (becoming Mrs. Blundell) lived in India for 25 years. In India she made illustrations for the Time of India Press and designed some 30 posters for the Indian State Railways. I found only these two.
She painted horse portraits and did murals for the Bombay Natural History Museum. She even decorated the interior of a maharaja’s private plane.
Returning to England her career was to be mostly in illustrating some of the most lovely animal books: "Bird families", "Animal mothers and babies", "Animal Legends" Books on "Pushti" and "Pindy Poo". And she worked with famous Enid Blyton.