The Art and Life of Francis Hewlett
Head of Painting at Falmouth School of Art from 1960 to 1981, Francis Hewlett (1930–2012) remained a figurative artist, exploring what he called the ‘essential geometry’ of observed objects, despite the prevailing fashions of the period. Including over 200 paintings and drawings, this biography charts his lifelong dedication to art, from his early studies in Bristol, London and Paris to his completion of a major series of paintings in the late 20th and early 21st centuries.
History, Mystery and the Latest Discoveries
Discovered by chance by farmers in 1974, the mausoleum of the first emperor of China contained one of the wonders of the world: the Terracotta Army. Based on unique access to leading Chinese archaeologists, this book sets the clay warriors in the context of Chinese society 2,200 years ago, describes the latest discoveries at the vast and only partly excavated site, and hints at what may still be uncovered – including the imperial tomb itself.
Classic Greek Masterpieces of Sculpture
Ancient Greek sculptors established the foundation of a new art form in which human bodies were realistically and dynamically portrayed. This book brings together more than 60 examples now in museums around the world; they range from early kouros statues (c.600 BCE) to a Roman-period portrait bust, and from delicate grave-markers to the friezes of Athens’ Acropolis and the great altar of Pergamon. Each item is discussed in the accompanying text and illustrated in multiple photographs that highlight significant details.
The Art Deco Jester King
While the work of Paris (1894-1945) fits the category of Art Deco, it has an idiosyncratic style that can be ghoulish and even grotesque in his depiction of clowns, jesters, devils and temptresses. In this volume, the story of the artist’s life is illustrated with photographs and his own sketches, while the plates that follow show the broad range of his work, from comical porcelain dogs to a woodcut self-portrait, bronze and ivory decorated lamps and statuettes.
Master of Art Deco
Born in Romania, Demetre Chiparus studied in Paris and stayed on to experience the cultural explosion of the inter-war years. He became an iconic Art Deco sculptor, his delicate figurines – which depict elaborately dressed dancers, children and animals – enjoying great popularity. Charting his life and influences, and the materials and foundries he used, this updated volume, originally published in 1993, includes colour plates of his work, recently discovered pieces and updated information, alongside a selection of his paintings.
A Guide to the Garden of Ian Hamilton Finlay
Ian Hamilton Finlay moved to Stonypath in 1966 and spent the next 40 years designing and nurturing his garden. Regarded by many as one of the most significant gardens in Britain, this guide tells its story and describes many of the 300 sculptures that form part of its design.
... Unto Heaven Will I Ascend
Jacob Epstein's Inspired Years 1930–1959
Following her earlier book on Epstein’s formative years, Raquel Gilboa focuses on the artist’s life and his mature work after 1930: a period in which antisemitism increasingly coloured attitudes to art and culture. Illustrated with over 200 monochrome photographs, the book explores Epstein’s symbolism in the bold, monumental sculptures such as Genesis (1930) and Primeval Gods (1931–2) and smaller works including the magnificent bronze Lucifer (1947).
Korean Buddhist Sculpture
Art and Truth
In this authoritative collection of seven essays, the former chief curator of the National Museum of Korea considers iconographical, stylistic and philosophical aspects of Korea’s Buddhist sculptural masterpieces, as well as the correspondence between truth and beauty in the nation’s religious art. Beginning with an essay on the history of Korean Buddhist sculpture, Woobang examines the Seokguram cave temple, the Divine Bell of King Seongdeok, and two ‘Pensive Image’ sculptures housed in the National Museum.
Public Sculpture of Herefordshire, Shropshire&Worcestershire
Beginning with an essay outlining the distinct features of public sculpture in the area, this fourth volume on the West Midlands covers public sculpture ranging in date from medieval times to 2005 and including church monuments by Roubiliac, Rysbrack, Nollekens, Flaxman and Chantry. The book is arranged alphabetically by location within each of the three counties.
Public Sculpture of Cheshire and Merseyside (exc. Liverpool)
Covering an area that has eleven major cities and towns, excluding Liverpool (the subject of Vol 1) this detailed survey covers sculptures ranging from the relatively sparse number of medieval church monuments to W Goscombe John’s magnificent Port Sunlight War Memorial (1921) and Jaume Plensa’s Dream (2008–9) at the former Sutton Manor Colliery. The entries are arranged alphabetically by location.
Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster
Public Sculpture if Britain Volume Fourteen
The first volume on Westminster covers an area stretching from Marylebone Road, across much of the West End to Buckingham Palace, Whitehall and the Houses of Parliament and down to Victoria and Millbank. It describes the whole range of commemorative monuments, fountains and free standing works of art, but excludes sculptures that are integral to buildings.
The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes
The Mantuan court sculptor Pier Jacopo Alari Bonacolsi, known as Antico (c.1455–1528), exemplifies the Renaissance passion for the revival of antiquity. He studied, restored and re-created antique art with unparalleled skill, but also developed new technology and, with his gilded and silvered statuettes, pioneered the genre of bronzes made in multiples. Published to accompany an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, this volume presents the first English-language monograph on Antico, and over 150 colour photographs of his sculptures.
The Commedia dell'Arte and Porcelain Sculpture
Since the Renaissance, the characters of the Commedia dell'Arte - Harlequin, Columbine, Scaramouche and the rest - have inspired plays, paintings, engravings and porcelain. Based on some of the world's most important collections, including Toronto's Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, this engaging, magnificently illustrated survey showcases 150 exquisite figures from leading manufacturers including the celebrated works at Meissen. It explains the hidden meaning of these mysterious characters, and how a bawdy form of street theatre became an elegant courtly entertainment.
Painting the Warmth of the Sun
St Ives Artists 1939–1975
This is the second of Tom Cross's two books that are now standard works on the history of the Newlyn and St Ives Schools. First published in 1984, it was based on interviews and discussions with those artists who were still working in and around St Ives in the 1970s and '80s. The book begins with the war years, when several artists sought refuge in Cornwall from the bombing in London. Among those discussed are Ben Nicholson, Barbara Hepworth, Naum Gabo, Roger Hilton and the potter, Bernard Leach.
Public Sculpture of Outer South and West London
Public Sculpture of Britain Volume Thirteen
The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association was founded in 1991 to encourage the study and conservation of Britain's public sculpture and commemorative and decorative monuments. The volumes of its National Recording Project provide detailed catalogues of significant sculptures, excluding works in art galleries and museums. Each book comprises an introduction to the region; illustrated entries on individual works arranged by location; biographies of the artists; and a glossary and index. This volume covers eight boroughs – Croydon, Hillingdon, Hounslow, Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Sutton – and describes over 300 public monuments and sculptures, including works by Jacob Epstein and Eduardo Paolozzi and Grinling Gibbons's work at Hampton Court Palace.
Public Sculpture of Bristol
Public Sculpture of Britain Volume Twelve
The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association was founded in 1991 to encourage the study and conservation of Britain's public sculpture and commemorative and decorative monuments. The volumes of its National Recording Project provide detailed catalogues of significant sculptures, excluding works in art galleries and museums. Each book comprises an introduction to the region; illustrated entries on individual works arranged by location; biographies of the artists; and a glossary and index. Among many notable works in the volume for Bristol are Rysbrack's renowned equestrian statue of William III (1736) in Queen Square and Eric Gill's headstone for his friend Abigail Chute in Canford Cemetery.
Public Sculpture of Historic Westminster: Volume One
Public Sculpture of Britain Volume Fourteen
The Public Monuments and Sculpture Association was founded in 1991 to encourage the study and conservation of Britain's public sculpture and commemorative and decorative monuments. The volumes of its National Recording Project provide detailed catalogues of significant sculptures, excluding works in art galleries and museums. Each book comprises an introduction to the region; illustrated entries on individual works arranged by location; biographies of the artists; and a glossary and index. The first volume on Westminster covers the whole range of commemorative monuments, fountains and free-standing works of art, but excludes sculptures that are integral to buildings.
The Chinese Sculpture
Part of the Introductions to Chinese Culture series, this book provides an accessible overview of sculptural art in China, including the Terracotta Army, Buddhist sculpture, tomb carvings, architectural sculpture, exchange with foreign cultures and sculpture in China today. Like all the books in the series, it is written by a noted expert in the field, well illustrated with colour photographs and offers an ideal introductory survey for both students and general readers.
Wildlife and Western Heroes
Alexander Phimister Proctor, Sculptor
During his long life, Alexander Phimister Proctor (1860-1950) was acclaimed by both the public and the art establishment worldwide as the foremost sculptor of Western themes. This first comprehensive monograph explores his unique combination of the Beaux Arts aesthetic and the exhilaration of the American frontier, and charts his own richly adventurous life. Lavishly illustrated, it also provides a chronology and a full listing of Proctor's public works.