The Marine Paintings of Smitheman
An experienced hobby sailor, painter Francis Smitheman brings his own sense of the sea as well as extensive historical research and a profound respect for the classical masters to his maritime pictures. This collection of his oil paintings, completed over a period of 30 years, contains a series of pictures of Nelson’s battles, scenes from the Pool of London in the age of sail, polar exploration vessels and imagined historic scenes at famous ports.
Drawings and Oil Sketches by a Modern Kentish Master
Christopher Alexander studied at the Royal College of Art, became a teacher and produced a vast body of work, specializing in figure drawing. This volume, compiled by his son, comprises a biography and over 150 sketches, portraits and landscapes.
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.
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.
The men and women of the Firemen Artist Group were members of the Auxiliary Fire Service, braving danger during the Blitz in London, Coventry and Bath as Churchill's 'angels with grimy faces'. This lavish study sheds some light on this unfairly neglected aspect of the art of the Second World War. A comprehensive text follows the Group's evolution including exhibitions and a tour of the USA and Canada, and is complemented by reproductions of their powerfully authentic paintings and drawings.
Painting in Her True Colours
Every amateur artist knows how challenging it can be to find the time and inspiration to develop their art. Morsman has 25 years' experience and has enjoyed considerable success in her home county of Devon. In this survey of her work she aims to encourage and stimulate fellow artists to experiment with different media and push themselves to take risks. The book is illustrated with a wide selection of her watercolours, oils, acrylics and collages of rural and urban scenes.
Painting from the Heart
John Patchett is regarded as one of the country's leading exponents of the art of pastel painting and his love for the vibrancy and freshness of the medium is a hallmark of his work. After a biographical introduction by gallery owner Adrian Hill, the 100 paintings reproduced in this book provide an overview of Patchett's work, including landscapes and cityscapes of France, Italy and the Netherlands as well as his favoured subjects, the skies and waterways of East Anglia.
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.
Painting East Anglia & Beyond
A marine and landscape artist, teacher and member of the Wapping Group, Peter Gilman had been painting in East Anglia, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire and along the Thames for 30 years before his death, by suicide, in 1984. This book brings together full-page reproductions of 120 works in watercolour, oil or acrylic, with a biographical introduction to the artist and his work, including tributes by fellow Wapping Group artists.
Giving Life a Shape
Jenny Pery's earlier book, Alan Cotton: On a Knife Edge gave a biographical study of the artist; here she focuses on his methods of work as he prepares for an exhibition. Through photographs of work-in-progress and reproductions of finished pieces, the book reveals how Cotton's ideas take shape through drawing in the landscape and how, from those drawings, he composes the knife paintings that have made his name.
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.
Nature's Instantaneous Text
Trevor Felcey is one of British art's best-kept secrets, a prolific creator of landscapes, still-lifes, portraits and nudes, which bear comparison with the finest work of his contemporaries Euan Uglow and Maggi Hambling. This first full-length book on the artist features 150 of his paintings, drawings and prints spanning half a century, and explores his techniques and preoccupations – above all, his intense observation of nature, seen at its most resonant and powerful in his magnificent drawings of trees.
Peter Heard's Painting of a West Country Life
Born and brought up in London, Peter Heard established his reputation in the 1970s with his 'naive' painting style of bold colours and flat perspectives. Although known for depicting country and village scenes, it was not until 2006 that he left the capital to live and work in Somerset. This collection of more than 120 of his recent works celebrates the landscape, light and people of the West Country in his witty and colourful style.
June and Alwyn Crawshaw
Their Story, Their Paintings
Great communicators as well as artists, Alwyn Crawshaw, and latterly his wife June, have encouraged millions of people around the world to take up painting as a hobby through their books, videos and television series. This celebration of their work includes a brief biography of the couple and reproductions of over 130 of their popular paintings, in both oil and watercolour, ranging from June's studies of flowers and animals to Alwyn's atmospheric landscapes in the UK and abroad.