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Rory McEwen: The Colours of Reality [Paperback]

Martyn Rix
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7 May 2013
This book showcases the botanical work and other creative talents of Rory McEwen (1932-82) ranging from the 1950s to the early 1980s. McEwen developed a distinctive style working on unadorned vellum, presenting botanical subject matter with scientific precision and artistic flair, without ever compromising one for the other. His work can be found in The British Museum, V&A, Tate, National Gallery of Modern Art Scotland and MOMA, New York, among other collections.

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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Royal Botanic Gardens (7 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1842464663
  • ISBN-13: 978-1842464663
  • Product Dimensions: 28.2 x 23.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 135,926 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rix is a renowned horticulturist and editor of Curtis's Botanical Magazine and has authored many books.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful book.. 2 Jun 2013
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The first 50 pages contain an overivew of Rory McEwen's life with photos, and three or four examples of his collages, but the rest of the book is dedicated to his botanical work. It is a beautiful book for anyone interested in botanical art, whether you like to simply look at it, or like me, like to draw and paint botanical subjects yourself. Well worth the money!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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What an exquisite book!
I was enchanted when I found out that a book about Rory McEwen was going to be published and I am delighted with the result.
When I first saw Rory McEwen's work- a small painting of a Ginkgo leaf- he instantly became an influence on my work and an everlasting inspiration. I always imagined this little leaf had held together long enough for Rory McEwen to finish the painting and then it had fallen to the floor and shattered like glass at his feet. Rory McEwen was not copying nature and he wasn't enhancing it either. He was just translating it for us, showing its beauty in a simple, pure form.
This book has captured the spirit of Rory McEwen's work beautifully and put together this collection with the same passion that animated the artist.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating person, beautiful illustrations! 10 Oct 2013
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This book gives a good overview of Rory McEwen's life and work, but the real treats are the many reproductions of his hyper-realistic paintings of botanical subjects. I like the inclusion of enlarged details alongside the prints. There is also a section of illustrations of works by other botanical artists who have been inspired by McEwen's work. This will be a source of inspiration for botanical artists.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning and Inspirational art. 26 July 2013
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Bought this after visiting exhibition of his work at Kew. The art work is amazing and wonderfully reproduced. The story of his life was so interesting. I had known of his musical talent but had no idea he was associated with so many musical legends. A book I will treasure.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Pure heaven 20 Jun 2013
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This book is lovely. It has informed me about the man and the artist. His daughters who are responsible for its publication should be very proud not just of their talented and amazing father, but of themselves for this book. It is such an honour to be able to share such information about Rory McEwen, as well as see so many examples of his work, how I wish I could have met him. His work is all consuming as you study it, and feels like a direct link to the man himself, almost like he is looking back at you. I am learning so much as well as enjoying so much. I will be going to see the exhibition of his work currently on show at Kew. Thank you so much.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rory McEwen The Colours of Reality 9 Jun 2013
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Would have given a 10 star rating first class in every way. Don't think about buying this book just buy it you will not be disappointed
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The multi-talented Rory McEwen. 11 Jun 2013
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A book full of beautiful images and well reproduced. The biography is a delight to read and discover the other talents of Rory McEwen. Incredible value .
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5.0 out of 5 stars An inspiration for all botanical artists 5 April 2014
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This is a beautiful book with wonderful colour plates. It is truly inspirational if you are an aspiring botanical artist. His composition and use of space creates stunning studies. I love the dying leaves!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Must have for fans of Rory McEwen's botanical art.
Published 10 days ago by Justin Sih
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional delivery service
Ordered late on Thursday evening and delivered through my letterbox on Sunday morning ! This is a gift for someone and it is shrink wrapped so I haven't opened it but wanted to... Read more
Published 3 months ago by C O.
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring paintings
This book is a fascinating insight into Rory McEwen's life and work with stunning illustrations throughout the book. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Smudgeandscribble
5.0 out of 5 stars Good value
I bought this before seeing the exhibition and it's a beautiful book filled with Rory McEwen's work as well as details of his life. Highly recommended.
Published 8 months ago by Sooze
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Book
After seeing the genuine artwork at Kew Gardens, I really wanted this book. Would make a lovely gift for anyone who appreciates this subject.
Published 9 months ago by MRS A.D. BARRETT
5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful illustrations
A most beautiful book full of exciting and wonderful drawings from a most talented artist. I only wish I met him.
Published 9 months ago by Anthony Garrick
5.0 out of 5 stars Colours
A beautiful book which introduced me to the world of Rory McEwen, very interesting story of his life as well as a joy to look at.
Published 9 months ago by Mrs. A. Smart
5.0 out of 5 stars Revelation!
This is a most enjoyable read. I really liked his 'art'. He was a very talented man . What a life!
Published 10 months ago by Judie O'Donnell
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book for botanical artists
Anyone who has any interest in botanical art will love this book. Not only does it contain some of the most excellent McEwan paintings but it gives a brief biography of such a... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Evelyn
5.0 out of 5 stars Botanical illustration
A book of an outstanding artist whose work is on exhibition at Kew until mid September.Plenty of pictures of his paintings.
Published 10 months ago by Marvo
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