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2018 ART BOOK catalogue

Catalogue of new and forthcoming art book titles from Sansom & Co

Edwin G. Lucas: An

Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye Helen E. Scott Edwin G. Lucas (1911-1990) was one of the most original Scottish painters of the twentieth century. Born and educated in Edinburgh, he was largely self-taught, his family having discouraged him from pursuing a risky career path. Despite this, Lucas went on to become a serious and prolific painter, who exhibited regularly at the Royal Scottish Academy and Society of Scottish Artists and staged two solo shows at the New Gallery in Edinburgh. During the 1930s he encountered Surrealism, which had a lasting impact on his creative practice. Blending Surrealist influences with his own idiosyncratic vision of the world, he cultivated an original and highly imaginative style of painting that is richly colourful and fascinatingly quirky. Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye is the first publication to focus on this unusual and enigmatic artist. Revealing the little-known story of Lucas’ life and career, it traces his development from the early watercolours of his adolescence to his boldly experimental oil paintings of the 1940s and 1950s. It also explores the artist’s final, uncompromising works of the 1980s, which were produced after a break of almost thirty years. • Richly illustrated with many of Lucas’ most important drawings and paintings and rare archival photographs • New research draws on archival material from the artist’s estate • Accompanies a major retrospective exhibition at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh (4 August 2018 – 10 February 2019) John Edgar Platt: Master of the Colour Woodblock Hilary Chapman John Edgar Platt was one of the leading lights of 1920s and 1930s printmaking. This is the first book to consider his place in British twentieth-century printmaking and investigate the influence of Japanese woodblock printing on the output of Platt and his contemporaries. It features colour illustrations of all his printed work and two essays by print expert Hilary Chapman. A master of the colour woodblock print in the Japanese style, Platt combined eastern technique with a western design sensibility. His use of bold colour inspired one critic to praise the 'gamut of singing hues' found in his prints. Fellow colour woodblock artist Allen Seaby acknowledged that ‘There is no doubt that in your hands the wood print has been raised far above its former status’. The fusion of traditional European subject matter with the Japanese woodblock method enabled Platt to create some of the most original images in British printmaking. He found subjects to inspire him among the harbours and fishing boats of Cornwall and Devon and in warmer climes at St Tropez. During the 1930s he adopted a spare style based on blocks of flat colour to create strikingly modern works including Horse (1934), Lapwings (1936) and his masterpiece, the triptych The Plough (1937). • First in-depth study of Platt’s prints • Fully illustrated in colour including variant states of some prints • New essays by Hilary Chapman, an authority on both the career of Platt and on Japanese woodblock printing John Blackburn: The Human and the Abstract Ian Massey: with additional contributions from Christopher Johnstone, Andrew Lambirth, and Furse Swann The first monograph of British artist John Blackburn (b.1932). In a major essay, Ian Massey traces the stylistic and technical development of the artist’s work from the ‘Encaustic’ paintings of the early 1960s to the present day. He considers Blackburn’s wide-ranging output, of work produced both in England and in New Zealand (where the artist has for decades spent a part of each year). Massey considers the artist’s work in an international context; one that encompasses St Ives modernism, art informel, arte povera and the Gutai movement; also taking into account key influences such as Bacon, Fautrier and Tàpies. In doing so he describes the artist’s often intensely physical methods and incorporation of found materials – their usage informed by a humanist philosophy that stems from Blackburn’s early experiences and from what he describes as ‘the brutality of being alive’. This substantial publication firmly establishes Blackburn’s significance, and positions him within the history of post-war abstract painting. It includes additional texts by writer and critic Andrew Lambirth, art historian and former director of the Auckland Art Gallery Christopher Johnstone, and the artist’s longtime friend and collector Furse Swann. • Draws on original interviews with the artist in his studio, and on previously unpublished archival material • Lavishly illustrated, showing work from the whole of the artist’s career and previously unpublished documentary photographs 80pp / 270 x 210mm softback / £30 iSBN: 978-1-911408-20-8 Publication date: July 2018 72pp / 200 x 200mm softback / £12.50 iSBN: 978-1-911408-30-7 Publication date: September 2018 184pp / 265 x 250mm Hardback / £40 iSBN: 978-1-911408-27-7 Publication September 2018 4

Bath: Paintings by Peter Brown Alfred Stockham Seven decades of painting Robin Philipson Elizabeth Cumming Peter Brown is a unique artist and a familiar figure on the pavements of Bath where he paints cityscapes from life, earning him the nickname ‘Pete the Street’. This book chronicles Peter’s work over two decades of painting the city that inspired him to return to painting, and that he calls home. over 130 of Peter’s oil paintings and charcoal drawings are included in colour, accompanied by his anecdotes and experiences of painting in amongst the public on Bath’s streets and hills. It offers an insight into his method of working while dealing with all that plein air painting entails – all in Peter’s often humorous voice, always down-to-earth voice. A companion to his book of London paintings, this is coffee table book is the perfect gift for Bathonians, tourists and the many admirers of Peter’s work. Spanning seven decades, this is the first published work on the paintings of English artist Alfred Stockham. Whilst admired, collected and loved by generations his passionate works are not so widely-known to the British public. ‘Alfred Stockham’s paintings are pure poetry. A master of colour, his oil paints glow like gold, the colours responding to one another in dynamic relationships. Reducing his abstract or figurative forms to merest suggestion, blocks of manylayered colour, his simple yet perfect compositions sing with a kind of narrative tension.’ • First published work on Alfred Stockham • Cross-over between figurative and abstract works In the third quarter of the twentieth century Sir Robin Philipson (1916-92) ranked as one of the best known and most prolific artists of what became known as the Edinburgh School. He spent his working life as an art school teacher, heading the Drawing and Painting School at Edinburgh College of Art for over twenty years. He served as Secretary, then as President, of the Royal Scottish Academy. This new study discusses his double commitment to traditional teaching practice and to the wider encouragement of art across society. Robin Philipson was always fascinated by colour, material and process, and this new study, while exploring a long, active career in painting and printmaking, also sheds light on his involvement with a Borders textile company and the international Dovecot Studios. Philipson was highly ambitious for his own art. He engaged with the drama of human experience in his painting, and worked on specific themes such as cockfights and war imagery with a keen, raw expressionism. Two particular series, Threnody and Humankind, were key to his paintings of the 1970s. Later, his painting achieved a remarkable lyricism in a series of large, bold paintings of poppies which today have almost become his trademark. • Major reassessment of the life and art of a painter at the heart of the Scottish art establishment • Provides for the first time a complete account of the artist’s career • Generously illustrated throughout • Draws on previously unavailable archives 156pp / 250 x 300mm hardback / £30 iSBN: 978-1-911408-28-4 Publication date: october 2018 80pp / 283 x 232mm softback with flaps / £20 iSBN: 978-1-911408-33-8 Publication date: october 2018 244pp / 270 x 210mm hardback / £40 iSBN: 978-1-908326-93-5 Publication date: october 2018 5

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