Scatter the Devils
A leading British painter, John Hoyland (1934–2011) gained early critical acclaim and went on to exhibit at the Serpentine Gallery and the Royal Academy of Arts. Concentrating on his later work, and produced in collaboration with the artist, this book reproduces over 100 of his paintings and explores the processes that compelled him to create art to ‘inspire the spirit … liberate and fire the imagination’, and to refute the label of ‘abstract’.
Between Clarity and Mystery
Published just before his death in 2011, this first monograph follows Trevor Frankland’s life from his childhood in Middlesborough to his position as President of the Royal Watercolour Society in 2003. Over 100 of his works are reproduced, with early watercolours and abstract images giving way to semi-realistic images and geometric paintings.
Tessa Newcomb's Paris
Based on a love of Atget’s evocative photographs, Tessa Newcomb visited Paris repeatedly from 2007–12, making drawings from which to paint intimate vignettes of everyday Parisien life – a woman daintily eating in a patisserie, birds on sale at a local market, chess players in the shade of trees. A hundred of her watercolours and oils are reproduced in this volume, with her written observations about the scenes that inspired her.
The Life and Work of Ivor Abrahams
Eden and Other Suburbs
In a career spanning over 50 years Ivor Abrahams (1935–2015) used a variety of unusual materials to create witty and irreverent sculptures that explored the suburban dream and how nature and manmade objects coalesce. This monograph contains hundreds of images, including his multimedia Parliament of Owl sculptures, which epitomize his ability to tread the border between art and kitsch, an interview with the artist and a biography he compiled himself.
The Mammoth Book of Skulls
Skull iconography has come to occupy a central place in modern art and culture, from children’s sweets and ankle tattoos to street art. Graphic artist Ilya Illkillya curates and annotates this lavishly illustrated compendium of examples from many different art forms, while referring back to historical precedents such as medieval ossuaries and the Mexican Day of the Dead.
More Heroes of the Comics
Following the publication of the original Heroes of the Comics, this volume features 100 more portraits by cartoonist Drew Friedman, each accompanied by a brief biography. Chosen for their contributions to the comic book industry over the last 50 years, the writers, artists, editors and publishers who are depicted include Curt Swan, whose version of Superman is said to have inspired the 1978 film; Marc Swayze, a scriptwriter for Captain Marvel; and George Tuska, who drew for DC Comics.
David Sedaris Diaries
A Visual Compendium
The American humourist, essayist and author of Santaland Diaries, David Sedaris writes the Foreword to this selection of illustrations from his diaries: photographs, packaging, reproductions and montages – a ‘cabinet of curiosities’ and a sourcebook for Sedaris’ work.
In Search of Harriers
Over the Hills and Far Away
A founder member of the Society of Wildlife Artists and author of the Poyser monograph The Hen Harrier, Donald Watson (1918–2005) presents a collection of his bird paintings, mostly of harriers, but also of species associated with them, including merlins, black grouse and stonechats, all set in their natural landscapes. The reproductions are accompanied by Watson’s engaging personal observations and ornithological information about the various species of harrier – in Britain and abroad – and their habits and habitats. Slightly off-mint.
Glimpses of Eternity
Watercolours of Westminster Abbey
Asked to record the wedding of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011, Alexander Creswell began a series of watercolour paintings of Westminster Abbey, its chapels and cloisters, architectural details, and views from the Triforium and Organ Loft. Some 40 watercolours are reproduced here, with commentaries by the artist.
Creating the Countryside
The Rural Idyll Past and Present
This exhibition catalogue offers a range of perspectives on the role and importance of the countryside in art and visual culture – from Gainsborough's landscapes to 21st-century video games. Essays explore themes such as the relationship between art and farming and how the concept of the rural idyll is exploited in advertising campaigns, while contemporary artists explain how rural places, communities and themes function in art practice today.
The Railway Paintings of Wrenford J Thatcher
Caught on Canvas
After a brief account of his life, from young trainspotter to railway artist, Wrenford Thatcher presents reproductions of 86 paintings – ‘my attempt to relive the years before that fateful day in 1968 which saw the end of working steam’ – with notes on the location and locomotive in each painting. From the Princess Arthur of Connaught departing Rugby at night, to the A4 60014 Silver Link at Hatfield, the book journeys through 70 years of Thatcher’s paintings.
Point of Balance
The son of a French violinist and well-known British composer, Benedict Rubbra was brought up in England and Italy, surrounded by artists and musicians, but it was a new art teacher arriving at Christ’s Hospital school in 1950 who first made him think about a career as a painter. This retrospective of his life and work includes over 150 paintings and drawings, including many of his harmoniously coloured abstracts and portraits of prominent people.
Outsider Art, Graphics and Illustration
This portfolio of contemporary paintings, sketches and digital art celebrates the motorcycle and the many styles, tribes and fashions it has inspired. Featuring the work of 30 artists from the UK, USA, Europe, Australia and Japan, and inspired by biker subcultures such as greasers, road rockets, choppers, café racers and dirt trackers, the imagery ranges from retro poster art and atmospheric racing scenes to photomontage, cartoon characters and pin-ups.
Landscapes of Communism
A History Through Buildings
‘The time is long overdue to descend into the maelstrom of socialist architecture’, writes Owen Hatherley in the introduction to his journey of historical discovery across the magistrales (thoroughfares wide enough for May Day parades), the immense housing estates and the Stalinist skyscrapers of the old communist bloc. Through surviving Soviet-era architecture, Hatherly explores topics such as prefabricated housing, the Metro, museums and memorials, and socialist style in Chinese cities; and he considers how the buildings are perceived and used today.
Pens Ink and Places
Starting with his drawings for Beatrix Potter’s previously unpublished Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, Quentin Blake narrates his life as an illustrator through the projects he has worked on since 2012. The book reveals the remarkable variety of Blake’s work, with examples that range in scale from book illustrations for The Fables of La Fontaine to wall-sized drawings for the Jerwood Gallery in Hastings, and across subjects from Claridge's Hotel (for a champagne advertisement) to the post-apocalyptic landscapes of Riddley Walker.
The Man Who Changed the Look of British Illustration
In addition to producing his own ground-breaking work, Brian Grimwood founded the internationally renowned Central Illustration Agency in 1983. His distinctive free and fluid style first brought him to prominence in the 1960s and this overview of his output, which includes traditional drawings and paintings as well as iPad and Photoshop designs, clearly demonstrates his significant contribution to the changing world of commercial art since then.
The Paintings of Richard Harrison
Richard Harrison enrolled at Chelsea School of Art in the 1980s to study product design but soon turned to painting. His style was essentially abstract until he developed a more figurative approach through a fascination with the landscape and Biblical and mythical subjects favoured by the old masters. This retrospective of his work includes a biography and appreciation of his oeuvre and reproductions of over 200 of his paintings.
The Illustrated Book of Sayings
Curious Expressions from Around the World
The Finnish idiom, ‘to pace around hot porridge like a cat’ is comparable to our ‘to beat around the bush’. Each of the 52 cross-cultural expressions in this collection is accompanied by musings on the origin and meaning – whether literal or metaphorical – and by light-hearted illustrations on the opposite page.
The Della Robbia Pottery
From Renaissance to Regent Street
The Della Robbia Pottery in Birkenhead was founded in 1894 by Harold Rathbone. A junior member of a wealthy and influential family, Harold was free to pursue an artistic career and his pottery was inspired by his studies of Renaissance art in Italy and the ideals of the Arts and Crafts Movement. In six essays, this slim volume explores the pottery, its inspiration and the distinctive output of ceramics created there before its closure in 1906.
In Art and Cultivation
First brought to Britain from North America in 1687, the magnolia is considered to be one of our most beautiful ornamental trees. This volume presents over 150 large-scale and finely detailed paintings of the flowers by award-winning botanical artist Barbara Oozeerally. Each illustration is accompanied by authoritative information about their cultivation, and full botanical descriptions, covering all hardy species and around 100 hybrids.
David Nash at Kew Gardens
The internationally renowned sculptor David Nash is known for his use of natural materials. This catalogue shows his work on display in Kew Gardens, provides an overview of his career, and reveals his working methods using timber from the Gardens’ tree management programme.
A Natural Gallery
David Nash sculpts wood with a chainsaw, creating forms that reflect their natural origin. This book chronicles his year-long residency at Kew Gardens, working with trees at the end of their lives. Photographs show the works in progress against a backdrop of the changing seasons.
Theo van Doesburg
A New Expression of Life, Art, and Technology
Accompanying an exhibition devoted to the work of the Dutch painter, architect, poet and designer Theo van Doesburg (1883–1931), and the work of the leading artists he brought together by founding the De Stijl movement and its magazine, this catalogue comprises reproductions of 145 paintings, designs and architectural drawings and six illustrated essays on various facets of van Doesburg’s career, including Dada, De Stijl, abstract cinema and Art Concret.
Works on Paper by Philipp-Rudolf Humm
This collection explores the pop expressionism of the German-Belgian artist Philipp-Rudolf Humm, whose paintings combine contemporary styles with the techniques of Old Masters. The selection features his work in gouache made between 2014 and 2016, revealing his stylistic evolution from pop compositions to a new kind of contemporary Expressionism. Arranged in series, each section begins with a brief description of themes and observations, and the introduction offers an overview of the artist’s developing style.
New Dimensions in Art
‘Art for me’, writes Alexander in his prologue, ‘has always been about the excitement of creating something new’. Illustrating that restless exploration, this book, with Edward Lucie-Smith’s brief essays and Alexander’s own commentaries, looks first at works created since 2008, then goes back to the start of Alexander’s career and traces the progression through painting and sculpture to monumental works. A final section is devoted to his experimental four-dimensional sculptures and holograms.
A Painter's Journey
The Scottish-Italian artist Leon Morrocco is a figurative painter well known for his outstanding draughtsmanship and use of vibrant colour. Covering a period of 20 years, this book offers a glimpse into his creative process from the initial sketches made in streets and markets across the globe to the paintings he finished in the studio. It illustrates how travel – from Edinburgh to Rome, London to Havana – and inspires what the poet Liz Lochhead describes in her introduction as ‘a visual, visceral response to something real’.
The Art of the Garden
Presenting works ranging from Leonard Knyff’s panoramic View of Hampton Court (c.1703) to Fabergé’s enamelled and jewelled flowers (c.1900), this volume draws on the Royal Collection to trace the changing design and function of gardens through the art they have inspired. After a short chapter on early Islamic gardens, the history traces royal and aristocratic garden style from medieval sacred gardens to the 19th-century ‘horticultural garden’, with a final chapter on ceramics and ornament. Foreword by Sir Roy Strong.
In the 1960s, when the fashion in art was towards the abstract and conceptual, John Bellany (1942–2013) focused on the figurative, paying homage to Old Masters in his depictions of the fishing communities of the east of Scotland, among which he had grown up. This retrospective reviews his entire oeuvre, from these early large canvases, through the phantasmagoric, expressionist paintings of the following decades, to the more optimistic landscapes and allegorical compositions of the 21st century.
Published to coincide with Elizabeth Blackadder’s 80th birthday retrospective at the Scottish National Gallery in 2011, this catalogue reproduces 94 examples of her work, from a self-portrait in 1951 to watercolours of Crabs and Shells in 2011, revealing the intuitive nature of her art and its diverse range. A chronology of her life is accompanied by essays from Philip Long and John Leighton, who argue that Blackadder is one of Scotland’s greatest living artists.
Pop to Popism
Originally accompanying an exhibition at the Art Gallery of New South Wales in 2014, this catalogue presents eight essays and over 180 reproductions. It traces the development of Pop Art in Britain, Europe, America and Australia, from its origins in the 1950s and the work of Eduardo Paolozzi and Robert Rauschenberg, through the era of Roy Lichtenstein and Andy Warhol, to the re-emergence of ‘Popism’ in the 1980s, with artists including Jeff Koons, Jean-Michel Basquiat and Keith Haring.
Balthus: Cats and Girls
Paintings and Provocations
Focusing on the early decades of Balthus’s career, this catalogue accompanied the 2014 exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Balthus’s fascination with cats is clear from the 40 pen-and-ink drawings he produced aged eleven, and they feature frequently in his often provocative paintings of young girls on the brink of adolescence. With a detailed introduction and comprehensive notes on each painting, Sabine Rewald provides a unique perspective on this eccentric self-taught artist.
Charting the life and career of Abigail McLellan (1969–2009), Sturgis describes how her childhood obsession with ‘making’ culminated in a place at Glasgow School of Art. Choosing portraiture, she often exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery, though her real passion lay in painting flowers and nature. This first monograph of the artist is richly illustrated with photographs and reproductions that reflect her boundless creative energy, even as she was losing her battle with MS.
The world of fantasy artists Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell is one of muscle-bound heroes, beautiful - and also muscle-bound - women, dragons and monsters in other-worldly and often violent landscapes. In this volume the two artists present 145 reproductions of recent, previously unpublished images, and chapters telling their own stories and discussing elements of their art. With the book, inside the back cover, there is a set of ten limited edition art prints.
War Artists in Afghanistan
Beyond The Wire
Jules George travelled to Helmand as a war artist in 2010, in the wake of its bloodiest year for British troops. This book reproduces his sketches, watercolours and oil paintings, along with the work of four other artists who documented that conflict. Against the vast beauty of the Afghan landscape, they capture the experience of soldiers on patrol or caught in a firefight. Each artist’s work is accompanied by his or her first-hand account of war in Afghanistan.
Painting the Toon
Geordie painter John Coatsworth stumbled across his signature style in 1997 when he made a sketch of St James's Park stadium, bending the shapes and perspective to create vibrancy, rhythm and flow. His subsequent vibrantly coloured 'curvation' paintings quickly gained local commissions and an army of fans through cards and prints. This retrospective collection includes early works in different styles as well as his popular paintings of Newcastle and the North East.
The Visual World of French Theory
In the 1960s and 1970s there were remarkable encounters between the most prominent French philosophers and contemporary artists, particularly members of the Narrative Figuration movement. Passages from critical texts arising from those encounters serve as the focus in each chapter of this illustrated study, which explores, among others, the meetings of Jean-Paul Sartre and Robert Lapoujade; Louis Althusser and Lucio Fanti; and Jacques Derrida and Valerio Adami.
Presenting the major works of Clare Woods up to 2016, in reproductions and in photographs of the large-scale works in gallery installations and architectural projects such as Brick Field (2012) at the Olympic Park, London, this volume gives a strong sense of the diversity of the artist’s work. Different aspects of her painting, including the vast landscapes, the ‘wonder and horror’ of the human head, and her techniques, are explored in five essays, with a foreword by Andrew Marr.
As a figurative artist, Graham Dean (b.1951) regards the body as ‘a holding pen for the emotions’ and aims to communicate his subjects’ inner life through his large-scale and very distinctive watercolours. James Attlee draws on conversations with the artist to provide a full, yet succinct introduction to Dean’s life and work, accompanying over 150 reproductions that follow his artistic career from realist, post-Pop acrylic paintings to the life-size watercolour depictions of the human body.
Artist, Writer, Friend
Beryl Bainbridge is celebrated as one of the finest novelists of recent years, but few know of her lifelong passion for drawing and painting. Psiche Hughes, a close friend from 1963 until the writer’s death in 1990, charts her Liverpool childhood, struggles to become a writer, family life and literary success. Generously illustrated with photographs, book jackets and Beryl’s own art, this biography explores her exuberant and sometimes macabre creativity both on canvas and on the page.
(And How to Break Them)
What constitutes modern art and what makes it good or bad is a mystery to many, but this box set proposes a practical new method of exploring the subject. Alongside a concise introduction to the concepts of art is a set of 42 cards, each displaying a contemporary artwork with accompanying text that explains how the example 'works' and suggests how you might make a similar work yourself and explore the concept from the inside.
With his ‘naked portraits’ and his aim to ‘make the paint work as flesh’, Lucian Freud (1922–2011) was able to reinvent portraiture. Although often controversial, his reputation grew to the point where Freud was hailed as the ‘greatest living realist painter’. In this survey, Virginia Button considers his life and work from a more distanced perspective than the many studies written during his lifetime.
One of the most radical British artists of the 20th century, Ben Nicholson (1894–1982) first came to international prominence with his remarkable ‘white reliefs’ of the 1930s and formed links with Picasso, Braque, Mondrian and others of the European avant-garde. This study explains his central role in the establishment of a modernist art community in St Ives, and why his importance to the development of modern art practice in Britain cannot be overstated.
The jacket assures us that ‘No dogs were harmed in the making of this book’, but some of them do look a bit apprehensive, some are loving it and the bull terrier is just humouring the odd photographer lady with the Frisbees and the wind machine (therein lies the trick). We dare you not to smile.
Sympathy for the Devil
Art and Rock and Roll Since 1967
The dynamic relationship between rock music and visual art crosses continents, generations, and cultures. Beginning with Andy Warholãs involvement with The Velvet Underground in 1967, artists have maintained a strong connection to rock. Artists such as Slater Bradley, Mike Kelley, and Raymond Pettibon have created album covers and music videos for rock bands, while rock musicians such as Bryan Ferry, John Lennon, and Peter Townsend have emerged from art schools, and punk and new wave bands such as Talking Heads and Sonic Youth have shared the same social and artistic milieu as artists including Robert Longo and Richard Prince.
A Charming Meaning, a Solid Meaning, a Struggling Meaning
Published to accompany the exhibition, A fee to avoid our expenses at The Modern Institute, Glasgow, this volume features sculptures and installations including Think, Thingamajig and Other Things (2003) and A Routine Sequence of External Actions (2005).
Letting Off Steam
The Railway Paintings of David Weston
David Weston established his reputation in the 1970s through a major commission (which became an exhibition) of 24 large canvases celebrating the history of the British steam locomotive. This retrospective of his work includes Weston's thoughts and memories about his art and the subjects he paints, as well as fine reproductions of many of his pictures in oil and watercolour, covering everything from abandoned industrial locomotives to glamorous main line engines from the last years of steam.
Tony Garner's Enchanted Light
Pastels of Norfolk and the Broads
Tony Garner's pastel paintings portray the quintessential character of Norfolk and the Broads, their vast skies and spectacular sunsets and dawns. Accompanying over 100 reproductions of Garner's paintings, an introductory essay describes how he was introduced to watercolour painting during a family holiday in Scotland, and how, after abandoning watercolour to work exclusively in pastels, he became a successful professional artist and teacher.
The Independent Eye: Contemporary British Art
The collection of Samuel and Gabrielle Lurie comprises modern and contemporary British art from the last 40 years, particularly major works by Caulfield, Hodgkin and Kitaj, and 50 works by John Hoyland. This exhibition catalogue examines this period through the lens of the collection, with essays by several leading critics and art historians. These are followed by biographies of each artist and large scale reproductions of their works. A CDROM of the images is also included.
James Chambury: Colour, Light and Shade
Painting in East Anglia and Beyond
James Chambury devoted the second part of his life to painting the Essex, Suffolk and Norfolk scenery, and his pictures show a concern with the effects of light on the landscape. Those familiar with East Anglia will recognize fishing boats on the beach at Aldeburgh and scenes from the villages of Blakeney and Wells-next-the-Sea on the north Norfolk coast. With over 70 colour plates and a fully illustrated introduction, this book is a wonderful celebration of a prolific English artist.