An 'Open Book' at the view

Check out Frederick Horst’s exhibition at the view, Winchester’s visual arts space on Bridge Street.  His exhibition of pen and ink illustrations titled ‘Open Book’ runs from Friday 28th August Friday 2nd October 2009.

Frederick Horst was born in Pennsylvania, USA in 1982, and from 2001-2006 studied for a double degree in Fine Art and in Comparative Religion at Moravian College, Bethlehem. He began drawing in1988 after discovering comic books and the art of people like Jack Kirby, John Romita and Joe Kubert. Since then, he’s branched out into other mediums and different techniques such as painting, sculpture and printmaking, but the comic book dynamism and interpretation remains an underlying theme.

His interest in mythology and fairy stories has influenced many of his pictures. Frederick said: “For the view space, I’ve used past drawings and old stories as inspiration in creating a story of my own, told with a graphic flow across the window space. With a set of ten illustrations done in pen and inks, I tell part of a story about a young boy who leaves home and meets with tragedy, monsters, fantastic lands, beautiful people, magic, adventure, and the eventual loss of his childhood and innocence. It is a naive story but a telling, honest story that people will be able to empathise with.”

For more information about the artist and his work or if you’re interested in discussing potential design commissions please contact Frederick at