"My work is a fusion of collected/found materials, various traditional techniques and digital elements - i approach my art, illustration and design as a quilter combining recycled elements with modern technology..."

BIO

Suana Verelst was born in Antwerp, Belgium and currently lives in Montreal. She grew up in Kortrijk, a Belgian town close to the French border. She studied drawing and painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in St Niklaas before leaving for Canada to study Art History, Fine Arts and Graphic Design. She has collaborated on children's books and illustrated a few which were published in Quebec, Belgium, France and the USA and received an award for illustrations she submitted to “Applied Arts Magazine” in Toronto, Canada and two of her illustrations were chosen to be permanently displayed on the website of “American Illustration and American Photography” in New York. (AI-AP 25 and AI-AP 26).

Her illustration work has been exhibited at the Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy, as part of the Flemish illustrator's exhibit, at “Picturale”, a group exhibition of Flemish illustrators in Ronse, Belgium and at a group exhibition of children’s book illustrators at the “4th Annual New York Showcase Children’s Book Art Exhibition” in New York City. In 2012, she received the Prix jeunesse des libraires du Québec and the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award for her illustrations of the book La saison des pluies written by Mario Brassard. Most recently in 2014, she received a number of nominations and awards for the book Razia's Ray of Hope. written by Elizabeth Suneby.

Suana Verelst est née à Anvers en Belgique et habite maintenant à Montréal. Elle a grandi à Courtrai, une ville belge près de la frontière française. Elle a étudié le dessin et la peinture à l'Académie des Beaux-Arts de St. Niklaas avant de venir au Canada. À Montréal, elle a fait des études en histoire de l'art, étudié les beaux-arts et le design graphique. Elle a illustré plusieurs livres pour enfants au Québec, aux États-Unis en Belgique et en France. Ses illustrations ont été récompensées par l’Applied Arts Magazine, à Toronto, et l’American Illustration and American Photography en a choisi deux autres pour leur site web à New York. (AI-AP 25 et AI-AP 26).

Ses œuvres ont été exposées à la Foire du livre jeunesse de Bologne, en Italie, à Ronse, en Belgique, et à New York lors du 4th Annual New York Showcase Children’s BookArt Exhibition. En 2012, elle a reçu le Prix jeunesse des libraires du Québec et le Prix de littérature pour enfants TD Canadienne pour ses illustrations du livre La saison des pluies écrit par Mario Brassard. Plus récemment en 2014, elle a reçu plusieurs nominations et prix pour le livre Razia's Ray of Hope.

AWARDS

2016 - Annual N° 13, 3 x 3 Magazine, Professional Show, Honorable Mention

2014 - Social Justice Literature Award, Int'l Reading Association, Winner

2014 - Middle East Book Award, Pict. Book, Middle East Outreach Council, Winner

2014 - USBBY Outstanding Int'l Book, Int'l Board on Books for Young People (IBBY),  Commended

2014 - Jane Addams Children's Book Award, Women's Int'l League for Peace + Freedom, Short-listed

2014 - CCBC Choices 2014, Cooperative Children's Book Center, Winner

2014 - South Asia Book Award for Children's and Young Adult Lit., South Asia Consortium, Winner

2014 - Best Books of the Year for Children / Young Adults, Bank Street Children's Book Comm., Winner

2014 - White Raven List, International Youth Library, Winner

2013 - White Raven List, International Youth Library, Winner

2012 - Prix TD de littérature canadienne pour l’enfance et la jeunesse - French Cat., Winner

2012 - Prix Jeunesse des libraires du Québec - ALQ - Cat.Québec - 5-11 years old - Winner

2012 - IBBY int'l honorary list- French Canada Category

2008 -  “American Illustration and Photography”, AI/AP 25-26-27 - Selected Winner Website

2008 - Applied Arts Magazine, Category: Illustration, Winner

2007 -  “American Illustration and Photography”, AI/AP 25-26-27 - Selected Winner Website

2006 - “American Illustration and Photography”, AI/AP 25-26-27 - Selected Winner Website

2005 - Applied Arts Magazine, Category: Illustration, Winner

2005 - “American Illustration and Photography”, AI/AP 25-26-27 - Selected Winner Website

2004 - Applied Arts Magazine, Category: Illustration, Winner

REVIEWS | REVUES

Razia's Ray of Hope

“Using collage techniques that employ photography, traditional fabrics and realistic pencil sketches, Verelst creates a striking complement to this realistic story of contemporary life. The explanatory material at the end and the classroom activities are useful for educational settings. Purposeful in a positive way, this imaginatively illustrated book should open readers'  eyes to issues facing children who live in very different circumstances.” Kirkus Review, August 2013

“This inspirational story is as beautifully illustrated as it is told. It is vital that young readers have stories like this one to show them that positive change is possible in the world, and that believing in yourself is the first step.”  Mary Chapin Carpenter, multi-platinum Grammy-winning recording artist/songwriter, September 2013

La saison des pluies

"J’ai reçu ce livre de l’éditeur comme un cadeau du ciel. Il est si difficile de trouve de bons livres sur la mort d’un papa, d’une maman, le deuil et les enfants. Si vous connaissez un enfant endeuillé autour de vous, offrez-lui ce livre. C’est un bijou!  En plus, ce livre est illustré d’une manière exceptionnelle par Suana Verelst. L’illustration de la page 24 m’a arrachée une larme au fond de mon cœur. Trop d’enfants viennent à Parent Étoile en traînant sur leurs épaules « l’ombre » du parent décédé.Sylvia Hamel (www.parent-etoile.com) - August 2011

"Voici un livre remarquable. Si vous ne l’avez pas encore lu, faites le détour par ces pages. Lisez bien assis, pour ne pas tomber, parce qu’il y a là-dedans des phrases coups de poing. Le deuil est raconté en mots tout simples et en métaphores si fines qu’elles vous pénètrent jusqu’à l’os. Le texte est accompagné d’illustrations de Suana Verelst qui sait rendre de manière vibrante le désarroi de l’enfant endeuillé comme l’absence du père." Danielle Marcotte, Ricochet - 2012