Oscar Cahén Life & Work by Jaleen Grove
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Oscar Cahén initially caught my interest because his illustrations were so varied and exciting, and because he moved so easily between illustration and abstract painting. His unusual life and the dearth of reliable information about him led me to dig deep into the archives to find gems. As each forgotten facet of his life comes to light we gain a new way of looking at his art. These discoveries complement recent interest in Painters Eleven, while his illustrations are especially relevant for contemporary graphic novelists.
Jaleen Grove

Jaleen Grove

Jaleen Grove has served as the Scholar-in-Residence at the Cahén Archives in Toronto since 2013. An art historian with a specialization in illustration history, Grove is an assistant editor of A History of Illustration, which will be the first comprehensive book on this topic to be published in 2016 by Fairchild Books, an imprint of Bloomsbury. She is an associate editor of the Journal of Illustration. She has written several monographs, articles, and book chapters on visual culture and on the state of illustration research, and has lectured and delivered papers in Canada, the United States, and Europe. Grove holds a PhD in Art History and Criticism from SUNY Stony Brook, an MA in Communication and Culture from Ryerson University, and a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design. Grove is based in Hamilton, Ontario, where she maintains a studio practice alongside her research and writing.