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Westcountry Art and Artists

365: Year Of The Artist In The South West by Bob Butler (Paperback) ISBN: 9780953800063

The Year of the Artist was a national event that brought together creative talents from all disciplines. In the south west alone, more than 400 writers, performers, scupltors, photographers, painters and craftspeople were commissioned by South West Arts to produce pieces celebrating the year.


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Alfred Wallis: Artist and Mariner by Robert Jones (Hardback) ISBN: 9781841140728

Alfred Wallis: Artist and Mariner by Robert Jones (Hardback) ISBN: 9781841140728

Throughout the book, Robert Jones uses his knowledge of the Cornish coast and the fishing trade to re-examine many of Wallis’ pictures, discovering how keen an eye the painter had for the details of the world around him. Here is clear evidence that the painting of ships and fishing vessels in distant locations are effectively a visual record of the artist’s own time spent at sea. From the Labrador Coast to Gibraltar, Wallis’ early years as a seaman can be traced in his painting and are here confirmed through official records, including contemporary crew lists.


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The Art And Life Of Francis Hewlett by Jenny Pery (hardback) ISBN: 9781906690540

The Art And Life Of Francis Hewlett by Jenny Pery (hardback) ISBN: 9781906690540

This superbly illustrated book charts Hewlett's development as an artist from indefatigable draughtsman and teacher to dedicated painter of the major series of Bristol Empire and Notre Dame paintings. Contains over 200 paintings and drawings by the artist.


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A Singular Vision: Dod Procter 1890-1972 by Alison James (Paperback) ISBN: 9781904537786

A Singular Vision: Dod Procter 1890-1972 by Alison James (Paperback) ISBN: 9781904537786

For a period in the 1920s, Dod Procter was perhaps the most famous artist in Britain. Her painting of a reclining young woman, "Morning", caught the public imagination when the Daily Mail purchased it for the nation from the Royal Academy annual show in 1927.


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Borlase Smart: St Ives Artist by Marion Whybrow (Hardback) ISBN: 9781906690410

Borlase Smart: St Ives Artist by Marion Whybrow (Hardback) ISBN: 9781906690410

Borlase Smart (1881-1947) grew up in Kingsbridge, South Devon, later living in Plymouth and working as art critic for the Western Morning News. In 1913 he moved to St Ives as a student of Julius Olsson who had established a school of painting there in 1895. Olsson introduced Smart to marine painting and it is for his seascapes that he is today best known.
Smart saw active service on the Western Front serving in the Artists Rifles and recording his experiences in a series of powerful sketches. Here he met Leonard Fuller and the two painters, deeply affected by their experiences of war, determined together to join the art colony of St Ives. It was here Smart put down his roots and concentrated upon his painting, based on sound draughtsmanship and careful observation of the movement of the sea.


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Catching The Wave: Contemporary Art & Artists In Cornwall by Tom Cross (Hardback) ISBN: 9781841142074

Cornwall has long been recognised as a centre for artists, rivalled only by London. For over a hundred years, successive generations of painters and sculptors have made Cornwall their inspiration and place of work.


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Cornish Art Metalwork by Colin Pill (Paperback) ISBN: 9781906593582

Cornish Art Metalwork by Colin Pill (Paperback) ISBN: 9781906593582

This is the first major study of the Cornish art metalwork that was so skilfully crafted over an 80-year period from the height of the Arts and Crafts movement, through the Art Nouveau to the birth of the 'Craft' movement.


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John Brett: A Pre-Raphaelite In Cornwall by Charles Brett (Paperback) ISBN: 9781904537519

John Brett: A Pre-Raphaelite In Cornwall by Charles Brett (Paperback) ISBN: 9781904537519

In thirty years, he recorded with Ruskinian precision and Pre-Raphaelite intensity of colour, Cornwall's varied beauties. Revelling in the diverse moods of sea and sky, the golden sands and the majesty and grandeur of the Cornish cliffs. Three experts on John Brett discuss his life and work, his relations with Ruskin and his time in Cornwall, concluding with a large selection of the paintings.


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Laura Knight: A Life by Barbara C. Morden (Hardback) ISBN: 9780857160492

Laura Knight: A Life by Barbara C. Morden (Hardback) ISBN: 9780857160492

Laura Knight: A Life covers her long productive career and probes the myths and fictions that have and continue to be woven around the artist. This highly readable and objective biography covers her relationship with her husband Harold, life in the artist colonies of Staithes and Newlyn, the ballet, the circus, the theatre and her role as Official War Artist during World War 11 and recorder of the Nuremberg Trials. Barbara Morden does more than merely draw the solid lines of Dame Laura's professional and public identity, she fills in the background, expresses the light and colour of Laura Knight's vibrant personality and by also exploring the darker shades of her character gives this portrait depth and perspective.


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Laura Knight: At The Theatre by Timothy Wilcox (Paperback) ISBN: 9781906509798

Laura Knight: At The Theatre by Timothy Wilcox (Paperback) ISBN: 9781906509798

Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) built a commanding reputation as one of the leading British painters of her generation, with many of her subjects taken from intimate knowledge of the theatre, the ballet and the circus.


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Laura Knight: In The Open Air by Elizabeth Knowles (Paperback) ISBN: 9781906593650

Laura Knight: In The Open Air by Elizabeth Knowles (Paperback) ISBN: 9781906593650

This beautifully and comprehensively illustrated book sets out to present the work Laura Knight made in the open air throughout her working life.


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Laura Knight: Portraits by Rosie Broadley (Paperback) ISBN: 9781855144637

Laura Knight: Portraits by Rosie Broadley (Paperback) ISBN: 9781855144637

Dame Laura Knight (1877-1970) was one of the leading British painters of the twentieth century. This book features over 35 of her works from across her long and prolific career, demonstrating both the remarkable variety of her subjects and her consummate skills as an artist.


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