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ISBN: 9781906690236
AUTHOR: Ray Balkwill
A Picture of Cornwall
A Picture of Cornwall
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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.

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.

Ray Balkwill, SWAc is a well-known West Country artist whose connections with Cornwall span five decades. Although his roots lie deep in the red earth of Devonshire, Cornwall has been instrumental in shaping both his life and career.

Born in Exeter in 1948, he graduated from Exeter College of Art, thereafter making a career in advertising as an Art Director. In 1990 demand for his paintings led him to give up his job to become a professional artist. He has held many successful solo exhibitions and his work has featured in numerous group and open exhibitions. He also teaches painting and for the past twenty years has run painting holidays in Cornwall, as well as throughout the UK. He is a regular contributor to The Artist Magazine and his work has also featured in many other publications. He is author of six art books including Ray Balkwill’s Exe Estuary and A Picture of Devon also published by Halsgrove.

In 2006 he was elected an Academician in the South West Academy of Fine and Applied Arts and has been a member of the St Ives Society of Artists since 1999.

Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 23 6, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published September 2010.Reprinted May 2015.

A Picture of DevonA Picture of Devon - £34.99
This beautifully illustrated volume is aimed at all those who have a love of Devon, those who appreciate art, and those who simply enjoy a good book. Here, brought together for the first time by Ray Balkwill, are a number of Devon’s most celebrated contemporary artists who have been chosen, not only for their diversity of styles and methods of working, but also for the obvious passion they have for the Devon landscape
Alan Cotton: Giving Life A ShapeAlan Cotton: Giving Life A Shape - £34.99
With interviews with collectors and reminiscences from friends, as well as pithy commentary from Alan himself, this book by Jenny Pery gives a comprehensive overview of Alan Cotton’s work through more than three decades, and also contains much of interest for the would-be painter.
Michael Morgan RIMichael Morgan RI - £34.99
Over 140 paintings are included in this new revised and expanded edition, along with pages from sketchbooks, musing from art critics, and the artist’s own comments on his work and inspirations. A sumptuous book, beautifully designed, and an important appraisal of Michael Morgan’s adventurous contribution to the development of watercolour painting.
Catching the WaveCatching the Wave - £29.50
Lavishly produced with superb paintings. Tom Cross recounts the whole story of contemporary art in Cornwall. A must-have title for all with an interest in British art.
Painting the Warmth of the SunPainting the Warmth of the Sun - £34.99
This book by Tom Cross was first published in 1984 at a time when the art movement, which we now know as ‘St Ives’, could be described as ’undervalued’. It is based on a series of interviews and discussions with those artists who were still working in and around St Ives in the 1970s and 1980s, and the book has become a standard work on the subject.
David Weston's EnglandDavid Weston's England - £29.99
David Weston’s paintings capture the essence of the English landscape. Few other artists appeal so directly to those of us who have a sentimental yearning for the kind of scenery that is fast disappearing – taken over by modernity and urban sprawl. Here are displayed over 120 of his finest paintings providing a complete range of this versatile painter’s work.
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