Born in 1926, Peter Coker was elected RA in 1972; his substantial output of acknowledged work was recently commemorated in a catalogue raisonné. Since a stroke in 1990 his work has been severely impaired, but the chance discovery of some earlier drawings sparked this ‘explosion of creativity’, consisting of mixed media works, large oil paintings, lithographs and a series of etchings, The Parisian Suite. More
Bernadette of Lourdes – Paintings by Greg Tricker
144 pages, jacketed hardback, 300 x 240 mm, 66 illustrations
ISBN: 978 1 903470 88 6
By Philip Vann and Sister Wendy Becket
Greg Tricker is a stone carver and painter. His profound and simple style of painting is deeply rooted in a mystical tradition of art. Qualities of myth, an innocence of spirit akin to the folk art tradition and a powerfully theatrical element feature in his work.
This inspiring collection of over 50 of his paintings and stone carvings portrays the suffering, joy and innocence of St Bernadette, a poor shepherdess who had miraculous visitations from the Virgin Mary at Lourdes in 1858. These visionary paintings present a radical new image of St Bernadette and Mary in the mystery of their
poignantly close relationship amid the vibrant forces of
nature, all infused by the Divine Spirit. Philip Vann explores the background to these at once iconic, earthy, graceful and redemptive paintings, placing the work in the wider context of both the artist’s life and the mystical path. Sister Wendy Becket, who describes Tricker as “a deep painter, somebody possessed by a vision of holiness”, provides a foreword.
Greg Tricker has produced a number of themed books and exhibitions, notably Paintings for Anne Frank (exhibited at Peterborough Cathedral and St Clement Danes, London), The Catacombs, Francis of Assisi (exhibited at Salisbury Cathedral and Piano Nobile Gallery, London), and recently The Life of Kaspar Hauser (2006).
Philip Vann is the author of Face to Face: British Self-Portraits in the Twentieth Century, a monograph on the artist Dora Holzhandler, and recent books on the painters William Crozier and Joash Woodrow.
Sister Wendy Becket is a well-known art historian, author and TV presenter.
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Best known for a dramatic, layered and visionary urban imagery, Richard Walker (born 1954) is a painter, printmaker and photographer. This unique book is both a kind of autobiography – compiled and written by himself – and a selective catalogue of his work, past and present. More
Art in the Age of Terrorism tackles one of the most difficult topics imaginable - a war that is quintessentially postmodern in its decentred identity, globalized character and confused conflict of cultures. In this book both artists and arts theorists explore in a series of essays the various ways in which art can help articulate the zone of grey that lies behind the black and white term 'terrorism'. More
Remembering Forward presents works by nine of the most prominent Australian Aboriginal artists: Paddy Bedford, Emily Kame Kngwarreye, Queenie McKenzie, Dorothy Napangardi, Rover Thomas, Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, Clifford Possum Tjapaltjarri, Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri and Turkey Tolson Tjupurrula. More
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n the Grand Canyon and on the icy flanks of Mount Everest, deep in rainforests and deserts, under water and at the mouths of live volcanoes – Tony Foster paints his expansive watercolours at the edges of the world. Presented here with personal accounts of his journeys, they are an exultant testament to the power of art and the richness and fragility of our planet. More