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Alfred Wallis Colouring Book (Paperback) ISBN: 9781910065808

Alfred Wallis Colouring Book (Paperback) ISBN: 9781910065808

Twenty-two cleverly rendered black and white line drawings of Wallis's most famous paintings for colouring. A brilliant introduction to the art of Alfred Wallis.


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Artists In Newlyn and West Cornwall 1880 - 1940 by Melissa Hardie (Hardback) ISBN: 9780953260966

Artists In Newlyn and West Cornwall 1880 - 1940 by Melissa Hardie (Hardback) ISBN: 9780953260966

Drawing on the West Cornwall Art Archive and many other sources, this profusely illustrated book is the most comprehensive survey ever compiled of painters, draughtsmen and women, sculptors and craftspeople working in Newlyn.


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Barbara Hepworth (British Artists): British Artists series by Penelope Curtis (Hardback) ISBN: 9781849760423

Barbara Hepworth (British Artists): British Artists series by Penelope Curtis (Hardback) ISBN: 9781849760423

Barbara Hepworth began her career as a sculptor in London in the late 1920s, and quickly established herself in the vanguard of the modern movement. Caught in St Ives by the outbreak of the war, she went on to spend thirty-six years - exactly half her life - in the town. Hepworth came to value the sense of community she found in St Ives, but it was this very rootedness that allowed her to develop sculpture for the national and international stage. Hepworth remains a central figure in British twentieth-century art, and this book describes her life and work, giving an up-to-date survey of the contexts in which she can currently be understood. Penelope Curtis describes the impetus behind the formal clarity of her sculpture, an attempt at 'holding the beautiful thought' amidst the difficult times in which she lived. Reissued in the brand new hardback British Artists format this is an overview of life and key works of one of Britain's most loved modernist artists. It includes full colour photographs of Hepworth's most famous sculptures.


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Barbara Hepworth: Writings and Conversations by Ms Sophie Bowness (Paperback) ISBN: 9781849765626

Barbara Hepworth: Writings and Conversations by Ms Sophie Bowness (Paperback) ISBN: 9781849765626

Barbara Hepworth's work and ideas are illuminated in her own lucid and eloquent words in this first collection of her writings and conversations. The book makes available much that is out of print and inaccessible, and includes a significant number of unpublished texts. A surprisingly large body of work, it spans almost the whole of Hepworth's artistic life, showing her innate gift for language and desire to communicate to the public. Alongside the writings are Hepworth's lectures and speeches, a selection of interviews and conversations with writers as well as radio and television broadcasts. The collection sheds new light on Hepworth's life, her working practices, the sources of her inspiration, the breadth of her intellectual interests and her deep engagement with contemporary politics and society. The illustrations include manuscripts and archive photographs from Hepworth's own collection.


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Ben Nicholson (Tate British Artist Series): British Artists Series by Virginia Button (Hardback) ISBN: 9781849762755

Ben Nicholson (Tate British Artist Series): British Artists Series by Virginia Button (Hardback) ISBN: 9781849762755

Ben Nicholson (1894-1982) was one of the greatest British artists of the twentieth century, first coming to international prominence with his famous 'white reliefs' of the 1930s. A pioneer of abstract art in Britain, he played a significant role in the European avantgarde, forming close links with Picasso, Braque, Arp, Mondrian and others. At the same time he had a strong sense of tradition, maintaining a life-long attachment to landscape and still-life forms. Central to the establishment of a modernist art community in St Ives, Nicholson's importance as a disseminator of international avant-garde ideas in Britain cannot be overstated. His career spanned more than 60 years and embraced carved reliefs, paintings, drawings and prints. Virginia Button's engaging, fully illustrated survey provides a detailed examination of Nicholson's life and work in St Ives, giving a thorough introduction as well as new insights into the evolving practice of this major artist over a period of six decades.


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Bernard Leach (British Artists): British Artists series by Edmund De Waal (Hardback) ISBN: 9781849760430

Bernard Leach (British Artists): British Artists series by Edmund De Waal (Hardback) ISBN: 9781849760430

Bernard Leach was a pre-eminent artist-potter of the twentieth century. In the early part of his career he spent twelve formative years in Japan, during a period of febrile excitement in the arts. In 1920 he returned to England to set up a studio in St Ives. Leach s influence on the growth of the studio pottery movement, both in Japan and in the West, has been profound. His making of ceramics and his teaching of some of the foremost aritst-potters of the period gives him a central place in the international history of the decorative arts.


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Charles Simpson

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Cornish Art Metalwork

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Cornwall Sketchbook


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Cornwall's 'Fisherfolk' - Art and Artifice

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Colour from Coast to Coast: Alice Mumford by Ian Massey (Paperback) ISBN: 9781908326676

Colour from Coast to Coast: Alice Mumford by Ian Massey (Paperback) ISBN: 9781908326676

‘I delight in the mark-making of Alice Mumford. Her brush strokes animate the surface of paper, canvas and board. These brush strokes,

laden with colour, focus on the ways in which colour intensifies the expression of light falling on any surface. The light of day is a basic

and integral part of Creation. Alice Mumford sees it as a blessing. She knows full well that it has the capacity to reveal the innate nature

of visual reality. It transforms our concept of the temporal passage of time to lead us to the consideration of the eternal timespace.

Alice Mumford should be regarded as a gifted choreographer. Her chosen objects are certainly not still. They have a shimmering

quality suggesting almost imperceptible movement.’

Professor Richard Demarco

Alice Mumford’s focus on paint, colour and light, along with her predominant subject matter of still life, place her in a tradition that includes Bonnard and Winifred Nicholson.

Born in 1965, Mumford trained at Camberwell School of Art and later at Falmouth College of Art. For the past fifteen years or so, she has lived and worked in Cornwall, where alongside her studio practice she also teaches at the St Ives School of Painting. This first -ever monograph traces the development of the artist’s work and describes her passionate commitment to painting from life.


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Daphne McClure - A Cornish Perspective by Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge (Paperback) ISBN: 9781911408659

Daphne McClure - A Cornish Perspective by Sarah Brittain-Mansbridge (Paperback) ISBN: 9781911408659

First monograph on this prolific Cornish artist
Draws on the rich artistic heritage of Cornwall whilst maintaining a unique and contemporary perspective
Published to coincide with an exhibition to be held at Cornwall Contemporary: 17th October – 14th November 2020
A Cornish Perspective takes an in depth look at the life of Daphne McClure, from her early childhood, through to raising a family and the impact that Cornwall has had on her career as an artist. McClure’s life in art has been prolific and varied – from exhibiting alongside Hepworth and Nicholson in St Ives in the early 1950s, to making costumes for Margot Fonteyn at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. She later spent time at the Albers Foundation in Connecticut USA on a prestigious artist residency and was also invited by Tate St. Ives to design a piece of work for their inaugural exhibition.

Her love for the coastline, moorland and fields of Cornwall has been fundamental to her desire to paint. Whether painting houses at Porthleven, abandoned mine stacks at Levant or fishing boats at Newlyn Harbour, Cornwall has always provided the inspiration behind her most quintessential work.


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David Mankin: Remembering in Paint by Kate Reeve-Edwards (Paperback) ISBN: 9781911408871

David Mankin: Remembering in Paint by Kate Reeve-Edwards (Paperback) ISBN: 9781911408871

David Mankin is a contemporary painter of abstract landscapes based in Cornwall. A series of sell-out shows and a fast-expanding international following has generated widespread interest in how Mankin creates his evocative paintings. David Mankin: Remembering in paint explores his creative process in detail providing the reader access to the sources and influences that inform his work.

Reeve-Edwards looks into Mankin’s continually evolving studio practice: his sources, both external and internal, his methods, tools, and his materials. She places Mankin’s work and approach to painting within the wider context of the Action Painters and Abstract Expressionists of the mid-century, as well as exploring Mankin’s individual approach to abstract painting.

Through its pages the reader can gain a remarkable insight into the artist’s work, process, and his profound attachment to the Cornish landscape.


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Different Ways Of Seeing

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The Drawings Of Roger Hilton

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Ella and Charles Naper

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Geoffrey and Gill Garnier - A marriage of the Arts by John Branfield  (Paperback) ISBN: 9781904537892

Geoffrey and Gill Garnier - A marriage of the Arts by John Branfield (Paperback) ISBN: 9781904537892

Geoffrey and Jill, coinciding at the Forbes School, married in 1917 while he was serving in the Navy, and after the war settled in Newlyn, where they remained for the rest of their lives.

Geoffrey’s prints gained international recognition. He worked in dry-point, line engraving, etching, mezzotint and particularly aquatint, developing new processes and rediscovering old methods. Favourite subjects were the sailing ships of the great era of British sea power, Cornish landscapes and sporting scenes, charming studies of children at play and colourful oriental prints. His versatility extended to calligraphy, bookbinding and fiction writing. Jill continued to paint despite the demands of domesticity, and produced portraits of her children and friends, landscapes and still lifes.


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The Gibsons: Master Photographers of Victorian Cornwall by John Edwards (Paperback) ISBN:  9781911408444

The Gibsons: Master Photographers of Victorian Cornwall by John Edwards (Paperback) ISBN: 9781911408444

In June 2016, Penlee House Gallery & Museum took possession of an outstanding photographic collection by Gibson & Sons. It comprises 1266 photographic prints, 108 individual postcards with many additional duplicates, and 259 negative glass plates. The vast majority of the photographs date from 1880-1900s and are a treasure trove of what life was like in this period in West Cornwall. The Gibsons were not content to be just studio photographers but were photographic chroniclers of outdoor life on land and sea, of important social events and of the Cornish landscape with its mining and ancient archaeological heritage.

This book explores the Gibsons’ legacy, the work of a family of artist photographers, notably the founder of Gibson, John Gibson (1827 – 1920) and his son Alexander Gibson (1857 – 1944). The Gibsons are among the pioneers of British photography. The book not only includes a representative sample of their work in West Penwith and beyond but also adds an illuminating commentary to many of the photographs.


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The Golden Dream - A Biography Of Thomas Cooper Gotch

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Graham Sutherland - From Darkness Into Light

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Barbara Hepworth : A Pictorial Autobiography by Barbara Hepworth (Paperback) ISBN: 9781854371492

Barbara Hepworth : A Pictorial Autobiography by Barbara Hepworth (Paperback) ISBN: 9781854371492

An intimate portrait of the life of Barbara Hepworth, beautifully narrated in her own words and illustrated with her own pictures.


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Jeremy Gardiner: South By Southwest - The Coast Revealed

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John Brett - A Pre-Raphaelite In Cornwall

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Laura Knight

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Laura Knight - A Celebration by Elizabeth Knowles (Paperback) ISBN: 9781911408673

Laura Knight - A Celebration by Elizabeth Knowles (Paperback) ISBN: 9781911408673

This new book on the painter Laura Knight, one of the most respected and best-loved painters of the 20th century, celebrates the extraordinary breadth of her talent and the outstanding achievements of her long life. A senior Academician, highly acclaimed War Artist, Dame of the British Empire – and champion of hard-working dancers, musicians, actors, circus people and Gypsy dynasties.

Five of the leading experts on Laura Knight have each contributed an essay, covering her early years, the flowering of her work in Cornwall before the First World War, through her portraiture to her later years in London and Malvern. Her 1930s designs for china and glass are included, as are her posters. There are powerful paintings of women working during the Second World War, and her deeply affecting painting of the Dock at the Nuremburg War Trials. Her work on ballet, theatre and circus subjects are at the heart of the book, stressing her passion for back-stage life and her deep respect for performers.


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The Life of Alfred Wallis by Molly Russon (Hardback) ISBN: 9781913491505

The Life of Alfred Wallis by Molly Russon (Hardback) ISBN: 9781913491505

This is the story of Cornish fisherman-turned-artist Alfred Wallis, whose paintings of boats from his past inspired the future of British modern art. Told from Wallis’ perspective - inspired by his crudely written letters to Jim Ede - this book takes the reader through his remarkable life; his early sailing days, his late arrival to painting, his encounters with ‘proper’ artists and his battle with mental health. Wallis’ naïve yet poignant work has captured the imagination of many. His paintings are a portal into Wallis’ world of ships, boats and the sea; and his deep concern for preserving ‘what used to be’.


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Sea and Shore Cornwall: Common and Curious Findings by Lisa Woollett (Paperback) ISBN:  9780957490208

Sea and Shore Cornwall: Common and Curious Findings by Lisa Woollett (Paperback) ISBN: 9780957490208

WINNER HOLYER AN GOF PUBLISHERS' AWARD 2014. A beautiful collection of photographs, discoveries and natural history that is by turn atmospheric, quirky and fascinating. Many of the photographs are glimpses of the mercurial sea around Cornwall's shores in all its moods, from sunlit shallows to exhilarating waves powering into cliffs.

Woven in with these is Lisa's haphazard museum of finds - the often strangely beautiful things she has picked up on Cornwall's shores, along with any curious or interesting findings from her subsequent research. There are wonderful names - by-the-wind sailors, the warty venus - and some extraordinary creatures in this inter-tidal world, their lives at times violent, charming and bizarre.

There is much of the evocative and often mysterious language of the sea, with some beautiful old Cornish words: many portents of bad weather - the sun-dog, graving clouds - and a telling number to describe a fine misty drizzle. There is also the odd maritime legend and some wonderful oceanographers' research: a science of washed up trainers, bath ducks and fishermen's boots lost at sea.


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Sea Journal by Lisa Woollett (Paperback) ISBN:  l9780957490215

Sea Journal by Lisa Woollett (Paperback) ISBN: l9780957490215

This beautiful and unusual book brings together a year's wanderings along Britain's shores with compelling stories of their natural history, geology and evolution - from ancient myth to current science - and the author's striking contemporary photography. Whether paddling through the shallows, sheltering in a sea cave or crouching on a cliff in a hailstorm, we are taken on a journey of fascinating diversions. Against a backdrop of the shifting seasons, weather and tides, there are mermaid's purses, hag stones and by-the-wind sailors, alongside stories of wind-sellers and nineteenth century fossil hunters, the evolution of whales and Lego dragons lost at sea. As the threads draw together there is the sense that a walk on the beach, with all its chance finds and everyday wonders, stretches both back into the deep past and ahead into the uncertain future of our oceans. Above all, we are inspired to go out and explore for ourselves, reminded of the pleasures of discovery, and of looking and listening more closely.


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Master Of The Sea

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Objects Of Affection - Pre-Raphaelite Portraits By John Brett

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Painting the Warmth of the Sun: St Ives Artists, 1939-1975 by Tom Cross (Hardback) ISBN: 9781841145648

Painting the Warmth of the Sun: St Ives Artists, 1939-1975 by Tom Cross (Hardback) ISBN: 9781841145648

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 1980s. 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.


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St. Ives Artists: Patrick Heron  by Michael McNay (Paperback) ISBN: 9780810962644

St. Ives Artists: Patrick Heron by Michael McNay (Paperback) ISBN: 9780810962644

Patrick Heron was one of the first British artists to embrace abstraction in the 1950s, absorbing and distilling a wide range of influences, particularly those of Matisse and Braque, to create works that convey pure visual sensation. In addition, he also produced a powerful and provocative body of work as a writer, making a forceful case for the importance of contemporary British art in the face of the increasing dominance of the New York art world. This much-needed survey of Heron's life and work, the first since his death in March 1999, examines his close and creative relationship with the landscape and light of Cornwall and his long exploration of the color of color.This book is one of a series that explores the life and work of major artists associated with St. Ives, an artists colony in Cornwall, England.


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A Picture of Cornwall: Contemporary Artists and the Inspirational Landscape by Ray Balkwill (Hardback) ISBN:  9781906690236

A Picture of Cornwall: Contemporary Artists and the Inspirational Landscape by Ray Balkwill (Hardback) ISBN: 9781906690236

CORNWALL is artist country, immortalised by the colonies at St Ives, Newlyn and Lamorna. For generations this peninsula of big skies and swelling seas has beguiled artists with its renowned quality of light. So much so, that today Cornwall has one of the highest populations of artists and craftspeople in the country. Its ancient landscape has also been a popular retreat for poets, writers and musicians, both resident and visitors alike.Whether inspired by her dramatic coastline, countryside, moorland, rivers or harbours, the Cornish landscape has more than matched their creative needs. This book is a celebration of the character and `spirit' of a unique landscape in words and pictures. It presents the reader with a fascinating glimpse into The artist's own personal and physical relationship with the place and it also brings together for the first time some of its most celebrated contemporary artists. Some are published for the first time, alongside others who have received much International acclaim. Between them they encompass a wide variety of subjects, styles, media, as well as working methods. Complimenting the paintings the author provides a fascinating commentary, which also includes musings and extracts from poets and writers associated with the county. The author is a professional artist and a native of Devon. However, his connections with Cornwall go back a long way and have been instrumental in shaping both his life and career.This lavishly illustrated book features 130 paintings, many of which have been reproduced for the first time. All who are passionate about the Cornish landscape will treasure this handsome volume.


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Ponckle - The Cat Painter Of St Ives

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Rachel Nicholson

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The Shining Sands: Artists in Newlyn and St Ives, 1880-1930 by Tom Cross (Hardback) ISBN:  9781841147000

The Shining Sands: Artists in Newlyn and St Ives, 1880-1930 by Tom Cross (Hardback) ISBN: 9781841147000

This is the remarkable story of the colony of artists who were inspired by the people, landscape and light
of West Cornwall. Now internationally celebrated, they are forever to be associated with the small fishing
ports of Newlyn and St Ives. Arriving from the artists' colonies of France, the Barbizon and Pont-Aven, and the
painting schools of London and Paris, they set up their studios in the cottages and net lofts overlooking the
sea. Here they painted: their subjects centred on the working life and conditions of the people they lived
amongst, and the stark beauty of the rugged Cornish landscape.
Challenging the accepted styles of the Victorian masters, their bold work, full of light and colour, often drew
upon the working life of the fishermen and their families, recording the tragedies and simple pleasures of their
lives.

In The Shining Sands, Tom Cross records the life and work of these artists, from the earliest arrivals in the 1870s
through to the decade surrounding the Second World War. In this period the artists' colony grew into one of
the most significant art movements of recent times, the influences of which directly inspired the post-war
`modern' movements, and which reverberate even today.

The Shining Sands includes almost one hundred colour pictures, and two hundred images in all, produced by
such artists as Walter Langley, Frank Bramley, Stanhope Forbes, Norman Garstin, Elizabeth Forbes, Lamorna
Birch, Laura Knight, Ben Nicholson and Christopher Wood. The author describes the events and circumstances
behind the making of many of the paintings, adding a further dimension to our appreciation of these fine works.

The Shining Sands is a companion to Tom Cross' earlier work, Painting the Warmth of the Sun - St Ives Artists
1939-75, and was followed by Catching the Wave - Art and Artists in Contemporary Cornwall.


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Singing From The Walls

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St Ives - The Story Of Porthmeor Studios

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Stanhope Forbes and Elizabeth Forbes

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Stanhope Forbes: Father of the Newlyn School by Elizabeth Knowles (Paperback) ISBN: 9781911408062

Stanhope Forbes: Father of the Newlyn School by Elizabeth Knowles (Paperback) ISBN: 9781911408062

This book will be the most comprehensive and substantial survey of Stanhope Forbes’ work, marking seventy years since his death in 1947.
Published to accompany the retrospective exhibition held at Penlee House Gallery & Museum in Penzance, opening in June 2017.
In surveying Forbes’ work the book will throw light on the development of painting at a time of many changes. Painting en plein air and as straightforwardly as he could, Forbes was among those who led the way to a new appreciation of real people in their every-day lives: a new authenticity in art.


Stanhope Alexander Forbes has always been known as ‘the Father of the Newlyn School’. His presence as its figure-head, guiding hand and representative to the wider world made him famous but this book celebrates his own work – the paintings he made through a long life lived in and around the fishing village of Newlyn. It marks the anniversary of seventy years since his death in 1947 with the largest survey of his paintings ever produced.


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9781849763646

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9781849763998

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Trevor Bell

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Walter Langley - From Birmingham to Newlyn

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Wilhelmina Barns-Graham by Virginia Button (Paperback) ISBN: 9781911408642

Wilhelmina Barns-Graham by Virginia Button (Paperback) ISBN: 9781911408642

Dr Virginia Button

Biographical overview
An accessible and affordable, concise introduction to the artist’s life and work
The book offers both the non-specialist and specialist reader an accessible and affordable, concise introduction to the artist’s life and work, written by an established expert on British modern art. Alongside a biographical overview, shorter chapters explore key aspects of her work in more depth. Currently no such book on the artist exists.



Barns-Graham’s contribution to the story of ‘St Ives’ modernism has been relatively overlooked. The book provides an opportunity to assess her work as a woman artist in an overtly masculine, post-war art world milieu, and tells how, following early promise and success, she overcame personal and professional challenges in mid-career to achieve recognition at the end of her life.


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Zawn: Walking West Penwith: Cliff-Edge Painting by Paul Gough ( Paperback) ISBN: 9781908326973

Zawn: Walking West Penwith: Cliff-Edge Painting by Paul Gough ( Paperback) ISBN: 9781908326973

Paul Lewin has established a reputation as a fearless plein-air painter, who works for long hours from the cliff-tops of Cornwall, Devon, the Scilly Islands and Eire, producing paintings of great beauty.

This new book will take the form of a collection of existing paintings, and others created specifically for this publication, each painting marking a walking line west from Newlyn along the headland to Land’s End, then north to Zennor. The images will be accompanied by a text written by Paul Gough. It will contextualise Paul Lewin’s practice in the history of Cornish painting, the tradition of en plein work, but will also offer a commentary on the artist’s sojourn across West Penwith. The book will also include an interview between the painter and writer which will cover the artist’s approach to painting, his methods, materials and those artists and writers who matter most to him.


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