This is For You — Rob Ryan

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"Rob Ryan cuts out dreams."

— Helena Bonham Carter and Tim Burton

Artful, eye-catching, and full of heart, internationally renowned British illustrator, and visual artist Rob Ryan's incredibly detailed paper cuts have graced book covers, album covers, magazines such as Vogue and Elle, as well as collections of fashion designers such as Paul Smith.

In This Is for You, Ryan takes his unique vision and crafts a book-length Valentine that will move the heart and engage the spirit with its charm and artistry. Each of this charming book's 64 pages features color images of amazingly intricately hand cut and hand painted paper cuttings that tell an enchanting tale of yearning and romantic hope.

Each page of This is For You can stand alone as a striking art piece, or be read as part of a the larger tale of a love letter of hope and joy, of yearning and understanding that true fulfillment will come the day that his big heart finally holds someone's else's, too. 

Ripe with evocative imagery and a heartfelt text, This Is for You is a powerful combination of poetry, graphic novel, and museum-quality art, but at its heart, it's a simple yet timeless tale of love.

The book is magical, both in how it looks and the feeling of hope and wonderment is leaves you with. It is poignant and celebratory — just like real-life love.

The perfect keepsake, This is For You is a beautiful book/work of art to be cherished and read over and over and over.


  • Condition / Type: New, hardback
  • ISBN-13: 9780811868419
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 2/4/2009
  • Pages: 64, color
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)
  • ★★★★ 1/2


Rob Ryan was born in 1962 in Akrotiri, Cyprus. He studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic and at the Royal College of Art in London where he specialised in Printmaking.

His work often consists of whimsical figures paired with sentimental, grave, honest and occasionally humorous pieces of writing which he admits are autobiographical.

Over the years, he has collaborated with the likes of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Paul Smith, Liberty of London, Tatty Devine and Vogue. Rob has exhibited widely across the UK and internationally and has written and illustrated three books, This Is For You, A Sky Full Of Kindness, The Invisible Kingdom an most recently, The Kingdom Revealed. He lives and works in London, UK.