in aid of the Irish Hospice Foundation
A deck of cards is being used this year to raise awareness of the Irish Hospice Foundation. The Art:Pack features 52 custom-made cards by a variety of visual artists such as Robert Ballagh, Basil Blackshaw, Felim Egan, Guggi, Anne Madden, Patrick Scott and Sean Scully. Gavin Friday and Bono will feature as the jokers.
"We chose a pack of cards this year because we felt it was friendly inclusive and accessible for those involved in its production as well as its viability as an end product," said Ciaran O'Goara, committee member of Art:Pack.
"The artists we used range in age from 20-year-olds to 70 year olds and an open brief was given to suit their individual sensibilities," said O'Goara. "The approach yielded and eclectic mix of interpretation. Art:Pack took about 18 months to come to fruition and the artists had two months to produce their pieces."
25/11/01: A great many of the artists were in the 4 Seasons Hotel in Dublin today to sign their cards. A huge crowd queued to have their packs autographed. They must be Christmas presents. In any event the cards have gone for a further printing and have hit the 5 best selling Christmas presents list in one of the papers.
We started signing at 12 noon and finished signing at 6.30. One of the artists was still going strong when I left as he signs with a quill! We were asked would we offer the original artwork to the hospice for sale.
The Bristol Pack, an exhibition of playing cards designed by Bristol artists, 2005.
National Gallery (Dutch School) published by J. Jaques & Son, c.1895.
The Deck of Cards by Andrew Jones Art, 1979.
“Cosmopolitan” № 2121 playing cards designed by Russian artist Valeri Mishin, 1996
“Little Demons” playing cards illustrated by Wayne Anderson, c.1970
“Art for the Earth” Transformation Deck published by Andrew Jones Art for Friends of the Earth, c.1990.
The Car Game with artwork by Barry Rowe, published by Pepys, c.1960.
‘Naipe Criollo Caraí Pujol’ with Gaucho designs by Julio F. Parada Seifert capturing the spirit of Argentine country life, 2005.
‘Dogs’ playing cards showcases 52 canine portraits in four suits as authors, artists, musicians and film stars, illustrated by Chet Phillips, 2016
The Teddy Bear pack of playing cards created by Peter Wood, 1994
“Jeu de cartes comiques” transformation cards designed by Louis Atthalin (1784-1856) and published in 1817.
Delta playing cards are a modern art concept deck invented by Professor M. R. Ali, an artist operating under the company name of “Artology International”.
“Under the Sea” transformation playing cards, published in 2005 to raise money for the Marine Stewardship Council, an environmental charity which promotes sustainable fishing practices.
Prime Arts Playing Cards were published in 2004 featuring the work of contemporary artists, illustrators and photographers.
Hand-drawn transformation pack dated 1874 with the name Thomas Walters on the ace of spades.
Transformation cards designed and engraved by Vincenz Raimund Grüner, Vienna, 1809
Deck featuring “18 Rock ‘n’ Pop” Superstars portrayed on the court cards and jokers by eight of Britain’s leading illustrators.
“Olivia’s Lucky Ladies” glamour model playing cards produced by Ozone Productions Ltd, USA, 2004
A collective of artists known as Monster Illustration produced a deck entitled “Monsters” in 2004.
Transformation playing cards designed by Carl Johann Arnold (1829-1916), the court artist for King Friedrich Wilhem IV of Prussia
Pictorial playing cards published by C. Bartlett, New York, 1833.
The Krienser Fasnachts-Jass deck was designed and published by Léon Schnyder from Kriens for the 1988 Fasnacht Carnival
This “Jeu de Familles” from the 1960s designed by Jean Bachès promotes Chambord glassware.
In 1804, J.C. Cotta, a publisher and bookseller in Tübingen, Germany, produced the first set of transformation cards that was published as an actual deck of playing cards.
Matarelli was a well known caricaturist who first illustrated Carlo Collodi's famous Pinocchio story. He was also a collaborator in the satirical magazine “Il Lampione”, founded by Collodi.
The combination of shapes and colours in these playing cards creates a vibrant and eye-catching surreal effect.
The Basler Fasnachts deck is designed each year by a different local artist.
Lattmann's 'Die Spielkarte Der Feinen Welt' published in 1923.
Hand-drawing ‘Transformation’ playing cards was a popular pastime 200 years ago
Based on the standard French ‘Paris’ pattern, Dalí composed his playing card figures out of geometric shapes, like a surrealist tapestry, but retaining the traditional aspects of playing card design.
Lightly risqué luxury playing cards published by Éditions Philibert of Paris in 1956.
Karl Gerich's “Patience Indien No.16”, published in 1991, is adapted from Grimaud's “Whist Indienne” (c.1900). The double-ended courts are dressed in Arab garb.
Playing cards designed by artist Larisa Kovalass-Kovalevska on the theme of the Latvian folk epic “Lāčplēsis”.
The London College of Printing '52 Club' Designers and Artists playing cards, 1984.
In ‘Patia Te Pere - The Big Deal’, Joan Gragg presents a first edition series of 1000 decks in which the characters, themes and patterns from traditional playing cards are replaced by Cook Islands cultural, environmental and societal icons.
A “Questions & Answers” family game from France produced by Imagerie Pellerin.
Florencio de los Ángeles Molina Campos (1891-1959) produced the artwork for his series of Gaucho playing cards from 1944 to 1958.
A deck of cards to raise awareness of the Irish Hospice Foundation.
PETER WOOD is a UK based artist.
Gallery of Playing Card Artists and Designers