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Isabelle Brent is an internationally known painter and illustrator who has illustrated more than two dozen children’s books, many of which are of traditional fairy tales or stories from the Bible. She has worked on two books for Wisdom Tales Press. Ms. Brent’s most recent book for WTP is The Christmas Horse and the Three Wise Men, which she wrote and illustrated. The book has won the 2016 USA “Best Book” Award in the “Children’s Religious” category. The tale follows the familiar Bible story, but is told from the point of view of the horse of one of the wise men. Isabelle Brent’s first book for us, which she illustrated, was Saint Anthony the Great, a children’s biography of an important figure in the early Christian faith. Saint Anthony the Great was written by Rev. John Chryssavgis and Marilyn Rouvelas.

Isabelle Brent was born and raised in Great Britain. After high school, she studied at Loughborough College of Art and Design, in central England, and then did further studies in France and Italy. Isabelle later assisted at a museum of decorative arts in Leicester, England, where she conducted research for the museum galleries.

Her career as a fine artist started while Isabelle was still in her twenties. When she was 23, she had an exhibit at the prestigious Royal Academy of Arts in London. Isabelle Brent’s art has been exhibited in Paris, Tokyo, New York, and many other places worldwide.

Isabelle Brent’s work as an illustrator and designer is known by many due to the many greeting cards, gift wrap, and gift bags that bear her unmistakably detailed and full-color art.

The illustrated books of Isabelle Brent, some of which she also authored, began appearing in 1990, with The Christmas Story from the King James Version. This was followed by many more volumes, including All Creatures Great and Small and wonderful versions of fairy tales from Hans Christen Andersen and the Brothers Grimm, among others. Some of these books and Isabelle Brent’s other art contain one of her signature techniques: the use of gold leaf applications. This ancient technique was used on icons and manuscripts many centuries ago, and very few people have mastered the technique in contemporary times.

Isabelle Brent lives in France.

Awards for this Author’s Wisdom Tales Books

  • The Christmas Horse and the Three Wise Men (written & illustrated by
    Isabelle Brent):
    • Winner in the “Children’s Religious” category of the 2016 USA “Best Book” Awards
    • Gold Medal in the “Interior Design” category of the 2016 Midwest Book Awards
    • Silver Medal in the “Cover Design” category of the 2016 Midwest Book Awards
  • Saint Anthony the Great (written by John Chryssavgis & Marilyn Rouvelas, & illustrated by Isabelle Brent):
    • Silver Medal in the “Children’s Nonfiction” category of the 2015 Midwest Book Awards

More on Artist and Illustrator Isabelle Brent:

diamond bullet pointIsabelle Brent has her own web site, which has an extensive collection of her many types of work (including paintings, sketches, illustrations, etc.). Click here to go to the web site of Isabelle Brent in a new tab or window. Although the site is in French, there is an option to view it in English.

diamond bullet pointThe website The Good Life France did an interesting interview with Isabelle Brent, focusing on her development as an artist. It also has many beautiful images of her work.

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