John Clapp (artist)

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John Clapp is a visual artist from the San Francisco Bay Area. He was educated at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California,[1] and is a professor in the School of Art & Design at San Jose State University in San Jose, California.[2][3]


As of 2006, Clapp has illustrated five books for children.

  • The Stone Fey by Robin McKinley, Harcourt Brace & Company, 1998. ISBN 0-15-200017-8
  • Right Here on This Spot by Sharon Hart Addy, Houghton Mifflin Company, 1999. ISBN 0-395-73091-0
  • The Prince of Butterflies by Bruce Coville, Harcourt Brace & Company, 2002. ISBN 0-15-201454-3.[4][5][6]
  • On Christmas Eve by Liz Rosenberg, Roaring Brook Press, 2002. ISBN 0-7613-1627-2.[7][8]
  • Shining by Julius Lester, Silver Whistle, 2003. ISBN 0-15-200773-3.[9][10]


  1. ^ Young, Bob (1999), Notes from Millennium Beach, Hope Publishing House, p. 15, ISBN 978-0-932727-11-4, All who drew or painted with John Clapp at Art Center realized that a superstar would soon be launched. Not letting us down, John already has a fine reputation for painting stunning covers for juvenile books and has created illustrations for several children's books.
  2. ^ Faculty profile, SJSU School of Art & Design, retrieved 2012-04-30.
  3. ^ New, Jennifer (2005), Drawing From Life: The Journal as Art, Princeton Architectural Press, p. 144, ISBN 978-1-56898-445-2.
  4. ^ Okamoto, Jennifer (April 17, 2002), "Celebrate the season with a good book", The Dallas Morning News, (Subscription required (help)), A moving fable about following your dreams with detailed, gorgeous watercolor illustrations.
  5. ^ Ward, Elizabeth (September 8, 2002), "For Young Readers", Washington Post, (Subscription required (help)), Clapp's paintings are striking.
  6. ^ "Children's Review: The Prince of Butterflies", Publishers Weekly, March 18, 2002, Clapp's (The Stone Fey) uncannily lifelike watercolors feature close-ups of butterflies and aerial shots.
  7. ^ DuVal, Linda (December 8, 2002), "Children's Hour", The Gazette (Colorado Springs), (Subscription required (help)), sparely written and evocatively illustrated. ... The writer and illustrator work well together, and on some pages, the illustrations speak for themselves.
  8. ^ Geib, Kathleen Grant (December 4, 2003), "Holiday tales: Children's books beautiful gifts from the heart Children's books", Oakland Tribune, (Subscription required (help)), Clapp's lush paintings emphasize the characters' humanity and offer a wonderfully traditional Santa, who just happens to like bubble gum.
  9. ^ Rust, Suzanne (November 1, 2003), "The 12 Books of Christmas", Black Issues Book Review, (Subscription required (help)), John Clapp's hauntingly captivating illustrations are the perfect accompaniment.
  10. ^ "Shining", Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2003, deep-eyed faces alive with character peer from Clapp’s sweeping, shadowy accompanying art.

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