James Russell studied History at Pembroke College, Cambridge, but was galvanized into writing about art by a lengthy stint selling contemporary paintings and sculpture in Santa Fe, New Mexico. A passionate advocate of 20th century British painting and design, James writes and lectures widely. His books include the popular four-volume series Ravilious in Pictures, about British water-colourist and designer Eric Ravilious (1903-42), which was described by Country Life as ‘a vivid portrait of the artist’, and Paul Nash in Pictures: Landscape and Dream. In June 2014 his monograph on landscape painter Edward Seago will be published by Lund Humphries, while the Antique Collectors Club will publish his book on artist and designer Peggy Angus. As a lecturer James has entertained audiences at venues including The Victoria and Albert Museum, The National Maritime Museum, Pallant House Gallery, Towner, The Fry Art Gallery and The Royal Watercolour Society.
ERIC RAVILIOUS: A LIFE IN PICTURES
Eric Ravilious was only 39 when he died on active service as a war artist in 1942, yet he had already achieved amazing things. A brilliant wood engraver and designer, he is best known today for his haunting watercolours, in which lighthouses, white horses, empty rooms and downland paths become marvels. In his popular series Ravilious in Pictures, author James Russell has explored many of these paintings in depth, teasing out stories and characters hidden in the wings. This entertaining illustrated talk illuminates the life and work of this playful, enigmatic artist, showing not only his watercolours but also wood engravings and lithographs.
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