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ISBN: 9781906690441
AUTHOR: Terry and Christine Timblick
A Picture of the South Downs
A Picture of the South Downs
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This lavishly illustrated book treads a unique path. In celebrating the creation, in 2011, of the South Downs National Park, it vividly records an historic legal landmark for one of England’s best-loved landscapes. The distinctive beauty of that landscape is fixed here in a bold publishing format in which many of the finest Downland artists of our day reveal how and where the Downs inspire their pictures, and the techniques entailed in realising observations, impressions and emotions.

The first section, ‘The Forerunners’ describes many leading artists working in the area in the eighteenth, nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and has examples of their work; this is mainly in the keeping of local public art galleries. Then comes the bulk of this book – about contemporary artists and their paintings or other forms of manual depiction of Downland scenery, motivated by this lovely diverse area.

The rich tapestry showcases the work of nearly 40 selected artists (in alphabetical order) who work within the National Park, interpreting scenes from countryside, village and town. Christine and Terry Timblick have talked to them in their studios and heard about what inspires their Downland visions and their methods in transferring these ideas into pictures.

With over 200 illustrations, many making their debut in book form, A Picture of the South Downs presents fascinatingly varied facets of the incomparable scenery. Step this way into a magical realm…

Many friendships for Chichester-based Terry and Christine Timblick have been nurtured by the South Downs. Time has been well spent exploring on foot the mellow villages and finding glorious fresh panoramas from Downland heights. This book sprang from Terry’s lifelong interest in the countryside (in the 1990s he was a volunteer with the South Downs Conservation Board and he remains a Rambler and member of CPRE) and in art locally and, through Pallant House Gallery, internationally. After a long career as a journalist, including 26 years in Fleet Street, he is still looking for new challenges, writing widely, Elgar to cricket, for Sussex Life magazine.

Since retiring from adult education work Christine has enjoyed editing and writing for newsletters of several local voluntary groups. This is her first involvement in commercial publishing so learning and developing new skills has been part of the process. After a lifetime of art appreciation the research and writing of this book have widened her knowledge of art as well as stretching her well-honed organisational skills.

Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 44 1, hardback, 238x258mm, 144 pages. Published October 2012.

 
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Marvellous

- 20th November 2012

Loved this unique approach (of around forty contemorary artists) to a much-loved landscape. The Christmas gift many southern England friends will thank us for.
Rachel & Mark Brown, Norfolk.


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The South DownsThe South Downs - £12.99
Strong photographic content, but primarily a great guide to the Downs where the tang of the sea, vaulted skies and the boundlessness of the Hills have inspired generations. By Peter Brandon and Mike Read.
Moods of the South DownsMoods of the South Downs - £14.99
The skies, the air, the song of the skylark are the essence of this great rolling expanse and it is this elusive yet all pervading spirit with its deep sense of history and place that this book seeks to convey. This is a photographic journey by master photographer Iain McGowan with text that will appeal to both visitors and Downland residents alike.
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
A Picture of CornwallA Picture of Cornwall - £29.99
This book by well-known West Country artist Ray Balkwill 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 Cornwall and it also brings together for the first time some of its most celebrated contemporary artists.
 
 
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