The first half of the twentieth century produced
one of the finest crops of traditional painters Great
Britain has ever known.This was matched in the
second half of the century by further generations
of painters who, unlike their predecessors, were
born into the era of television and the visual media.
One name stands out amongst all others as being
associated with both art forms– that name is
Alwyn Crawshaw and, latterly, his wife June have
become synonymous with the promotion of the
painter’s art. Artists in their own right, their books,
videos and television series have encouraged
millions of people worldwide to try their hand at
painting. This publication is a celebration of those
fruitful years and a reflection of the joy that Alwyn
and June have brought to their countless followers.
The book recalls their many achievements in the
world of fine art, teaching and the media. There
are personal insights into their formative years,
family life and the struggle to become established
culminating in world-wide recognition.
The pictures are a delightful collection of the
work of both artists and show their wide range
of talents in the use of watercolour, oil and acrylic.
The range of subject matter will suit all tastes, from
Alwyn’s dramatic portrayal of the Norfolk coastline,
to June’s gentle images of birds, people and flowers.
This book, profusely illustrated in colour, will be a
joy to all who love painting, both as a source of
inspiration and as an enduring tribute to the work
of Alwyn and June Crawshaw.
Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 12 0, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published March 2009.
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