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.
'Natures Powers and Spells'
Landscape Change, John Clare and Me
Carry Akroyd had been painting the East Midlands countryside for some years when a commission to celebrate the poet John Clare, also closely associated with the area, led her to be profoundly influenced by him in her responses to nature and the landscape. This album of her paintings, linocuts and screen prints, inspired by this association, depicts the plants and creatures of field and hedgerow, the flat vistas of the fens and the patchwork farmland of Northamptonshire. Slightly off-mint.
Pens Ink & 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Starting with his drawings for Beatrix Potter’s previously unpublished Tale of Kitty-in-Boots, Quentin Blake narrates his life as an illustrator through the projects he has worked on since 2012.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.
Magnolias 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.
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.
Portraits of the World's Most Stylish Women
The fashion illustrator David Downton made his name working for magazines including Vogue and Vanity Fair and has for 20 years been working on a series of portraits of celebrated women from the worlds of film, fashion and style. This collection of the work includes over 150 drawings and paintings of famous women, such as Catherine Deneuve, Gillian Anderson and Linda Evangelista, as well as anecdotes and photographs from the sittings.
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 – 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 showcases 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, tracing 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.
Paintings and Drawings from The Venice Studio
This retrospective of expatriate British artist Geoffrey Humphries celebrates both the artist’s work and his home city of Venice. At once elegant, decadent and theatrical, Humphries’ paintings, including his many sensitive portraits of women and erotic depictions of the female form, exude the Venetian spirit, drawing inspiration from the city’s art history and Gothic architecture. Three introductory essays and an interview with the artist are included in this lavishly illustrated volume.
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.
A Passion for Glass
The Dan Klein & Alan J Poole Private Collection of Modern Glass
Dan Klein and Alan Poole were the foremost promoters of contemporary British and Irish artists working in glass. On Klein’s death in 2009, their extraordinary collection was gifted to the National Museums of Scotland. Illustrated in colour throughout, this catalogue showcases hundreds of these works, from exquisite tableware to dynamic sculptures, and provides biographical information on every artist.
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.
The Visitors' Book
In Francis Bacon's Shadow: The Lives of Richard Chopping and Denis Wirth-Miller
When the artists Richard Chopping and Denis Wirth-Miller died, their friend Jon Lys Turner inherited a vast archive of letters and diaries. These writings reveal a remarkable tale of talent and transgression, of a group of largely gay young men who pushed boundaries in their art and their relationships against a backdrop of wild nights in Fitzrovia; of artistic fame and week-long parties at their cottage in Wivenhoe, Essex; and, towering over it all, the brilliant, disturbing figure of Francis Bacon.
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.
Although Sarah Raphael was only 40 when she died in 2001, she had, in the words of William Packer, ‘reached long ago that mature confidence of herself as an artist to trust the work itself to take her wherever it wished to go’. This volume surveys her life and work, from early portraits to the abstract Strip series of the late 1990s and the Childhood Cube, commissioned for the Millennium Dome. With a foreword by the artist’s father, Frederic Raphael.
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.
A Catalogue Raisonné of Prints and Multiples, 1971–2007
American conceptual artist John Baldessari began taking photographs in the 1960s as references for his paintings, but from the 1970s, photographs – often found images – increasingly became the building blocks of his exhibited work. He later developed a series of 'multiples', arranging and juxtaposing selections of prints, and experimented with three-dimensional prints. This catalogue raisonné features over 175 works, made between 1971 and 2007, with comprehensive information about each and a contextual essay analysing the development of Baldessari's printmaking.
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 American Dream
Pop to the Present
Covering key figures in American art, including Warhol, Jasper Johns, Robert Rauschenberg, Cy Twombly and Richard Serra, this volume presents an overview of printmaking in America since the 1960s. With over 200 reproductions and profiles of around 70 artists it traces the main trends in art from pop art, through the rise of minimalism, conceptual art and photorealism in the 1970s, to the engagement with contentious issues such as race, AIDS and feminism that continues to this day.
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.
Since its opening in 2000, Tate Modern has become one of the world's most visited museums of modern art and has helped transform the way art is presented and how audiences experience it. This book offers a full account and appreciation of the collections and displays, with six essays, including contributions from Nicholas Serota and Andrew Marr, and an A–Z of over 150 artists, with commentary and reproductions of their work and additional entries on art movements and concepts.
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.
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.