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Reviewed by Sarah Stuart for Readers' Favorite
The initial paintings express their meaning without words. About a third of the way into Ace of Arts: An art book, Isabel Scheck changes tack with “Ace and Into Hugging”, “Ace and tired as hell”, “Ace and part of the LBGTQA+ Community” and others. Shockingly, they are followed by clusters of duller paintings where only the words stand out. These gradually lighten into acceptance and joy, but it doesn’t last. The colors darken again until misery becomes fear. An intriguing series of arguments follow expressed by a snake drawn in different colors. Ace of Arts is skillfully designed. Open it looking for a spectacular treat and they are there in plenty, including a “pretty” picture that becomes a whirling vortex.
Every painting comprising the collection Ace of Art by Isabel Scheck is signed “Izzy” As in You’re Perfect to Me, a poetry book I had the privilege of reading in 2020. Isabel Scheck is instantly a friend, someone you do not know and yet feel is familiar, and it is a fascinating technique that succeeds in both books. Ace of Arts expresses moods effectively in many shades of the spectrum, but it is no surprise, given the color of the cover, that purple reigns supreme. It even pops up on a frog declaring support for the LBGTQA+ Community. “People” are not included but there is a selection of outfits from the shoulders to the shoes that left me wondering if the style depicted would be “Izzy’s” choice of footwear. Ace of Arts: An art book by Isabel Scheck is an essential treasure.