Design for the Corporate World

Architectural, industrial, and graphic design in the United States from the 1950s through to the 1970s – generally known as mid-century modern – is now perceived as a golden era, with artists such as Charles and Ray Eames, Eero Saarinen, and Eliot Noyes having become household names. We are delighted to be publishing Design for […]

Edward Bawden Scrapbooks – a sneak peek

  Painter and illustrator Edward Bawden’s five scrapbooks, assembled over a period of more than 55 years, and housed at The Fry Art Gallery, contain everything from stamps, photographs, cigarette cards, Christmas cards and letters to newspaper cuttings, and amongst other fascinating ephemera. Edward Bawden Scrapbooks, by Brian Webb and Peyton Skipwith, includes over 250 […]

John Craxton: A Poetic Eye

  Author and curator Ian Collins introduces the work of John Craxton, on display at The Salisbury Museum, 30 January – 7 May 2016. John Craxton (1922-2009) was one of the most interesting and individual British artists of the 20th century. His life story, starting with wanderings on Cranborne Chase, was as colourful as his later […]

David Jones’s illustrations for The Town Child’s Alphabet

We’re delighted to share an extract from the publication: The Art of David Jones: Vision and Memory by Ariane Bankes and Paul Hills, published October 2015. Soldiers returning home after prolonged service at the Front commonly felt themselves outsiders in civilian society, estranged from its rituals, newly aware of its foibles. And certainly Jones at 24 – back in civvies and […]

Book of the Week: Stanley Spencer: Art as a Mirror of Himself by Andrew Causey

Stanley Spencer’s paintings aren’t always easy to like, but they are hard to ignore. As the sub-title of Andrew Causey’s new book (my Book of the Week) implies, Spencer’s paintings don’t set out to please, but rather to reflect the artist’s own singular internal vision. ‘Stanley Spencer explored fundamental issues of life with an urgency and persistence unique among British artists […]

Book of the Week: W. Barns-Graham: A Studio Life by Lynne Green

For many artists who live into their eighties and nineties, retirement isn’t an option. Unless the frailties of old age curtail it, the creative impulse continues, nourished perhaps by a sense of being free of external expectations and demands, and directed by years of experience. Painter and printmaker Wilhelmina Barns-Graham was born in Edinburgh in […]

Book of the Week: Whitechapel at War: Isaac Rosenberg and his Circle

‘Art is not a plaything’, wrote painter-poet Isaac Rosenberg in 1912. He was by all accounts a serious, sensitive young man. When Rosenberg was first introduced in 1911 to the group of East End writers and artists known as the ‘Whitechapel Boys’, aspiring writer Joseph Leftwich described him as ‘depressingly self-absorbed … he did not smile once all that first […]