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Annie Newnham ….an artist book

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Thursday is bookmarket day and on this weekly visit i try to find some special items which will better my inventory.

Last visit i encountered this very nice artist book . The books contains 9 great original lino cuts and the artist was not known to me, but the quality of the design and lino cuts made me buy the book. I am impressed….a beautiful publication with an excellent design by Dennis Hall. Story is grate but the linocuts are the main attraction of this publication.

Newnham studied at the Royal Academie of Arts and has since build a reputation as an illustrator. Works are sold regularly at auction , but i could not find any results of this 46 page publication which contains 9 original lino cuts and was published in 1982 by the Inky Parrot Press in a numbered and signed edition of 225 copies. The atmosphere makes me think of the DIE BRÜCKE group of german artists whit dark blacks and atmospheric scenes. I only can highly recommend this publication to all collectors of artist books.

 

Here is a short biography on Newnham:

Annie Newnham sees the human body as every artist’s starting point – her own with oils, where she is well known. Catch it unawares, off guard. The awkward angle as much as the careful pose. These became mantras among her students after 20 years of adult teaching in Oxfordshire.

She spent an entire year at the Royal Academy Schools drawing from life. After being awarded the Alma Tadema prize and a Leverhulme, she went abroad, her sketchbook always handy, to meet other forms and contexts. Later her work moved into lino, which she has made a vibrant medium for illustration work.

A number of her life drawings, along with other sketches plus some lino prints, will be available to buy. The fixed display includes posters, artist’s proofs and worksheets, and illustrated books from publishers such as the Folio Society and Inky Parrot Press.

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Jurriaan van Hall (1962)

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van Hall is from a generation that rediscovered realism in painting. Specially they were interested in the human body.  Peter Klashorst founded the group “After Nature” and soon after was joined by Jurriaan van Hall who also is a painter” pur sang”

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Jurriaan van Hall (1962) is a painter and sculptor. He studied at the Gerrit Rietveld Academy, the Rijksakademie voor beeldende kunsten in Amsterdam and the Royal College of Art in London. Together with Peter Klashorst and Bart Domburg he founded the notorious artists’ collective, After Nature, which created a commotion in the early 1990s with its controversial painting performances. The artists’ nudes, still lifes, self-portraits and landscapes, painted with loose brushstrokes and intense use of colour, prompted a major revival of figurative painting, with exhibitions in the Netherlands and the United States. Praised and vilified – but never overlooked – the group disbanded in 1993 and the artists went their separate ways.

 

Looking at his work I find the same approach and “rawness” that i also see in the works of Freud. The human body is not perfect and this is shown without any holding back by van Hall.

It takes some time to recognize the quality of his works but look a little longer and you will discover these paintings being timeless and his painting, raw, blunt, colourful and…..perfect. The above publication by de Lakenhal is available at http://www.ftn-books.com