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’.
The Art of AE Backus
In a career spanning most of the 20th century Backus produced numerous paintings of Florida that now provide testament to its tropical past, with unspoilt beaches and tidal rivers edged with palms and mangroves, and the dramatic weather conditions it endures. With over 200 illustrations, this biography celebrates his life and art, revealing his talent and the humanitarian spirit that led him to mentor the group of African American artists known as the Highwaymen.
A Coming of Age
Celebrating 18 Years of Botanical Painting by the Eden Project Florilegium Society
When the Eden Project opened in 2000, it set up the Florilegium Society to encourage the art of botanical painting. This book records its work, and features more than 140 illustrations by 31 artists, each of whom is profiled. The flowers and plants include exotics grown in the project’s biomes, such as the Venus fly trap from North America, and species native to Cornwall, where it is based, including gorse and sea pink.
Art Answers: Portrait Painting
Expert Answers to the Questions Every Artist Asks
Creating beautiful portraits requires a variety of skills, from planning the composition to perfecting the details of hair and facial features. This handbook offers valuable and reliable advice, including how to choose a background, how to work out a pose, and methods of ensuring a good likeness.
The Complete Works
There are only 35 known paintings by Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675), but while limited in numbers, they include works of extraordinary quality, including best-loved masterpieces such as The Milkmaid, The Little Street and Girl with a Pearl Earring. In this large format book, Arthur Wheelock, an authority on northern Baroque art, provides an informative introduction and detailed commentary on all 35 paintings, each with a full-page reproduction and many of them accompanied by related works.
Rembrandt by Rembrandt
Over the course of his life Rembrandt van Rijn (1606–69) painted more than a hundred self-portraits ranging from the good-looking young man sporting a military gorget in 1629, through sketches, paintings and appearances in larger subjects – including a single eye in The Night Watch – up to the old artist, portrayed twice in the months before his death. With reproductions of nearly all the self-portraits and commentary by the art historian Pascal Bonafoux, this volume records Rembrandt’s ‘incomparable undertaking’.
Presenting almost 200 paintings and drawings, the exhibition mounted jointly by the National Portrait Gallery, London and Museu Picasso in Barcelona offered an in-depth exploration of Picasso’s creative process as a portraitist and his genius for caricature. This exceptional catalogue reproduces 197 works, with chapters discussing topics including the artist’s shifting styles; differences between his portraits of men and women; his ongoing dialogue with earlier portrait painters; and his motivation in transforming a sitter’s appearance.
Georgie Gaskin (1866–1934) was a celebrated jewellery designer and an important figure in the Arts and Crafts Movement. Published in 1895 and quickly established as a nursery favourite, the alphabet primer was the first book written and ‘pictured’ by Mrs Gaskin. A facsimile of the first edition, this book faithfully reproduces her illustrations and rhymes for each letter and is bound in 1890s style, with green linen and a screen-printed cover.
Throughout the 1970s Francesco Clemente (b.1952) travelled regularly from Rome to India and created a body of drawings that question Western rationality and capitalism and helped define neo-expressionism. This collection of over 100 of his images focuses predominantly on his depictions of the human body, and the themes of spirituality, sexuality, myths and dreams that would influence his later paintings.
The Art of Graphic Design
The distinguished career of the American graphic designer Bradbury Thompson (1911–1995) included work in the design of magazines, postage stamps and books, particularly the Bible, in corporate identity, and as a teacher at the Yale University School of Art. In this award-winning autobiography, first published in 1988, he describes his work from the war years (1940–45) up to his much-acclaimed redesign of the King James Bible.
At the forefront of the British Pop Art movement in the 1960s, Allen Jones’s fifty-year career has been influential across fashion, graphic design, film and music. This retrospective, which accompanied an exhibition at the Royal Academy, reproduces 83 of his works. Revealing his versatility as a painter and sculptor, it demonstrates his subversive humour, exuberant use of colour and preoccupation with the human form, epitomized in his controversial ‘women as furniture’ pieces.
BIRDS Watercolour Art Pad
Easily detached for painting and mounting, the 15 outline drawings in this art pad include a peacock, golden eagle and mandarin duck. Colour reproductions of the original watercolours are featured, with brief introductions to materials and techniques such as representing feathers and creating washes.
Looking at Birds
An Antidote to Field Guides
John Busby's observation that 'there are more shapes of blackbird than species of thrush' encapsulates the premise of this guide to observing birds with a curious mind – a process that goes far beyond identification. Paired with insightful commentary and demonstrating that an individual specimen rarely conforms to its image as presented in field guides, his pencil and watercolour wash sketches capture birds at different times of day, in flight, at rest and as they preen, stretch, hunt and dive.
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.