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ISBN: 9781906690533
AUTHOR: Michael Carter & Alan Flynn
South West Academy
South West Academy
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This book is a celebration of the lives and work of the artists of The South West Academy. Included here is some of the best of the Academy’s art accompanied by photographic portraits of the Academicians and personal accounts of visits to their studios.

Together with its introductory essay, this richly-illustrated book offers a complete and vivid picture of the private and public face of the Academy. Founded at the turn of the century the artist-members of the Academy follow in the illustrious footsteps of those celebrated groups who, while often lacking formal structure, joined together for the purposes of mutual support and fellowship – a meetings of minds that inspired and encouraged individual creativity, or furthered a more original vision of art than that of the mainstream.

In the Westcountry these included the internationally renowned Newlyn and St Ives Schools, colonies of artists drawn together by both practical considerations and by the elements of landscape and quality of light that gave their work a cohesive identity while yet maintaining recognisable individuality. Mindful of this diverse historical context the first ambitions of those who founded the South West Academy may have varied widely, but it was ultimately a single vision that prevailed.

As the title of the book suggests, South West Academy: Art • People • Place establishes the importance of the Academy within the wider social and artistic context of the region. The achievement of its members, past and present, goes well beyond collective selfabsorption, determining always to fulfill one of the Academies original precepts: ‘to advance the education of the public in the Fine and Applied Arts and in particular to promote the appreciation and practice of the Fine and Applied Arts’.

Michael Carter’s superb photographs and impressionistic pen portraits of each artist, combined with the story of the Academy’s successful annual Open Exhibitions, its work with schools and with young artists, provides a compelling study of the vitality of the artistic community in the South West. Here the reader is able to share both in celebrating the best work of these artists but also in acknowledging the importance of art, and those who make art, in all our lives today.

Imprint: Halstar. ISBN 978 1 906690 53 3, hardback, 238x258mm, 160 pages. Published May 2014.

 
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