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Author Shirley Smith, Richard.

Title Richard Shirley Smith : the paintings & collages 1957 to 2000 / with a preface by Roy Strong
Published London : John Murray in association with Studio House, 2002


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 MELB  709.2 Smith Smi/Rss  AVAILABLE
Description x, 148 pages : illustrations (chiefly color), color portraits ; 30 cm
Summary "A bizarre imagination married to a craft that falls little short of the sublime in its combination of meticulous patience and subtle poetics - such rare qualities placed Richard Shirley Smith outside the artistic mainstream from the start. Over the past 40 years, in his life and in his art, he has inhabited a world of fabulous curiosities and transformations, supplied by the idiosyncrasies of a scholarly and labyrinthine mind." "Laurence Whistler, who early recognised the artist's gifts, spoke of his 'ambiguity of mood'. Shirley Smith revels in elaborate settings, crumbling Italianate architecture, romantic decay, masks, metamorphoses and 'misrule'. Pulcinella and his cohorts of the Commedia dell'Arte peek and prance amongst a wonderful array of props. Strange objects, veiled statues, ambiguous beasts and insects pose like actors on a stage. But behind it all is a deep if delicious awareness of time and mutability."
"Richard Shirley Smith's commissioned trompe l'oeil murals grace many stately and humbler settings in London and elsewhere. But this book brings together the paintings and collages (and some of the wood engravings) he made to please himself: his major output, much of it now in private hands and inaccessible. Over 150 colour plates are accompanied by the artist's personal annotations, his memoirs of his early mentors, David Jones and Gerald & Joy Finzi, and essays on his work to enthral the reader in this profoundly fascinating and beautiful theatre of the imagination."--BOOK JACKET
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Subject Shirley Smith, Richard.
Painting -- Great Britain.
Collage -- Great Britain.
Author Studio House (Firm)
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