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  • Publisher: Pavilion
  • Edition: BB Hardback
  • Publication: 05 July 2018
  • ISBN 13/EAN: 9781849944885
  • Stock: 41 in stock
  • Size: 226x254 mm
  • Illustrations: 120
  • Pages: 144
  • RRP Price: £25.00
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John Blockley A Retrospective

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by Ann Blockley

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Book Description

A much-needed retrospective of one of the most influential watercolorists of the late 20th century.

John Blockley was one of Britain’s most outstanding watercolour and pastel painters of the late 20th century, and has exhibited at the Royal Academy. Selftaught, he produced work that has always been experimental and progressive. His highly textured style was well ahead of his time and still hugely influential now.
The quality of his work is even more staggering given that he never trained at any art college, and spent most of his working life as an engineer. He only started painting full time at the age of 52. His obsession for drawing and painting, even while a successful engineer, was driven by his search for the essence of his subjects. The power of his paintings reveal that passion. This beautiful retrospective of his work, including drawings, watercolours, pastels and also acrylics, brings together the best of his work. The illuminating commentary on his work is from his daughter, Ann Blockley, who is also an acclaimed painter in her own right. She understands completely where John Blockley was coming from in his artistic vision and also explains the techniques he used. Breaking with so many traditions in watercolour painting in the 1960s,
John was and is an influential figure in the art world.

John said, In order to paint the terrain as I see it blotched, mottled, grainy I must experiment’. These experimentations are still of huge value to painters today. This book is perfect for any painter who enjoys John’s work but also for all the many, many fans of his work.

About the Author

About Ann Blockley

Ann Blockley is a well-known professional painter and teacher, and she runs very popular watercolour courses and workshops. Her watercolours can be found in collections throughout the world, and she holds regular exhibitions of her work.

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