Your Loving Friend, Stanley
The Great War Correspondence Between Stanley Spencer and Desmond Chute
While serving as an orderly at a military hospital during the First World War, the artist Stanley Spencer met Desmond Chute, the aesthetic son of a Bristol theatre family, who introduced him to classical literature and the Confessions of St Augustine. These 31 letters document their friendship, Spencer’s combat in Macedonia and his evocative memories of the village of Cookham. Illustrated with facsimiles and Spencer’s own drawings, they shed light on his artistic development.
A Painter's Life
This first full-length biography of Terry Frost traces his life from his working-class upbringing in the Midlands, a four-year stint as a prisoner of war on Crete where he experienced the artist’s calling, his first abstract phase during the early years in St Ives, his major stylistic periods, coinciding with moves upcountry and travel abroad, and his subsequent return to St Ives in 1974, which inspired the colourful geometry of his later work.
Different Ways of Seeing
The Artistic Vision of Joan Gillchrest, Bryan Pearce and Fred Yates
Often exhibiting together during their lifetimes, contemporaries Joan Gillchrest, Bryan Pearce and Fred Yates were inspired to record the people and scenes of Cornwall in their individual, instantly recognizable styles, and to try to capture the unique magic of the county. Written as a companion to a 2011 exhibition that took place after their deaths, this guide provides short biographies of each artist, personal photographs, and many colour reproductions of their work.
Painter of Animals and Birds, Coastline and Moorland
Charles Simpson (1885–1971) and his wife Ruth established the St Ives School of Art in 1916 and were respected figures in the local artistic community; Charles's documentary series of canvases showing the area's landscape and wildlife are among his most significant work. This short biography gives an outline of his life and includes many reproductions of his paintings as well as his photographs and the illustrations for both his own books and those of others.