Los Angeles

Janel Lessing

Ankrum Gallery

Children of twelve have boundless imaginations and prodigious talents. Such a child is Janel Lessing. Her hand and eye are quick and facile. But at this point her talent is imitative. Bemelmans, Provensen—the illustrators of children’s books seem to be her sources and she is able to copy them admirably. The Calder-like fantasy drawings are very good. She draws skillfully and balances shapes artfully, but if she is not soon exposed to flowers and snails and starfish and moved to draw them too, she will remain an illustrator.

Joan Hugo