Esref Armagan, Blind Artist by Rachelle Burk


Esref Armagan, Blind Artist by Rachelle Burk

In 1953, Esref Armagan was born completely blind to a poor family in Istanbul, Turkey. He received no formal education, and spent his childhood days in his father's shop where he developed the curiousity to create and draw. He experienced the world through touch, and learned to visually reproduce his surroundings, including color, shadows, and perspective, with his hands. The blind artist's story will be an inspiration to young artists of all abilities.


Mr. Armagan is an important figure in the history of picture-making, and in the history of knowledge. His work is remarkable. I was struck by the drawings he has made as much as by his work with paint. He has demonstrated for the first time that a blind person can develop on his or her own pictorial skills the equal of most depiction by the sighted. This has not happened before in the history of picture-making. --John M. Kennedy, Professor, Perception/Cognition Psychology, University of Toronto at Scarborough

An inspiring story about an inspiring individual ... Dr. Penny Hartin, Chief Executive Officer, World Blind Union

About the Author

Rachelle Burk is a writer of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry for children. Her books include Tree House in a Storm, Don't Turn the Page!, The Tooth Fairy Trap, Miss Crump's Funny Bone, Sleep Soundly at Beaver's Inn, and The Walking Fish. Her work has appeared in national publications such as Highlights for Children and Scholastic Science classroom magazines. She lives in New Brunswick. Artist Claudia Gadotti is an illustrator and portrait painter with more than a decade of experience. She graduated from the Academy of Art University with a BFA and a major in Illustration, presently working mostly with children s books, book covers, magazines, and portraits. Claudia grew up in Italy and currently lives and works in New Zealand.

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40 pages


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Publication date

1st July 2016



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