GEOFFREY WALES. Edited by Simon Brett. Hilary Chapman.

GEOFFREY WALES. Edited by Simon Brett.

(Wales, Geoffrey).
  • New Castle, Delaware and London: Oak Knoll Press and Primrose Hill Press, 1998.
  • 8vo.
  • stiff paper wrappers.
  • 6, xv, 131, (1) pages.
  • ISBN: 1884718558
  • ISBN: 9781884718557

Price: $20.00  other currencies

Order Nr. 52032

First edition. This is first volume in a new series of monographs, entitled CONTEMPORARY WOOD ENGRAVERS, edited by Simon Brett, that profiles those involved in wood engraving, which involves printmakers, illustrators, and those working in fine book production. The series begins with artists from Britain and the United States, and others from around the world will be introduced in due course to present an international perspective. Wales, the artist featured in this volume, made prints which were a central part of the British response to modernism and used wood engraving, when it was least popular, to do so. He was one of the very few artists who have taken the medium of illustration all the way into abstraction - the shoreline of Norfolk and his native Kent served as an inspiration, the glimmer and beauty of the sea remaining with him all of his life. Wales experienced success from the 1930s through the 1950s during the private press movement, but his later, more adventurous work was rarely seen, much less appreciated, in his lifetime. This pioneer study places his work in the context of advanced printmaking of its time and pays tribute to an artist of quiet but revolutionary integrity. Illustrated with many wood engravings by Wales.