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.
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.
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.
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; they frequently feature 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.
A Very British Modernist
Steven Heffer is a distinctively British artist, and though many of his boldly geometrical compositions hover on the brink of abstraction, they are suffused by the landscapes he loves: the Thames Estuary, and the cliffs and downs of Sussex. This first monograph on his work spans more than 20 years, and reproduces more than 100 paintings, including landscapes, architecture, abstracts, nudes and still lifes, while the art historian Edward Lucie-Smith assesses Heffer’s place in the continuing story of British painting.
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.