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T.P. Flanagan [Hardcover]

S.B. Kennedy , Seamus Heaney
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28 Sep 2013
This is the first comprehensive assessment of the career of T.P. Flanagan (1929-2011), generally regarded as the major landscapist working in Ireland in the second half of the twentieth century and the most significant watercolourist of his generation in Ireland. Educated at the Belfast College of Art, in his work Flanagan placed great emphasis on drawing and the rendition of forms through tonal relationships. As a painter he always eschewed abstraction maintaining what he called a 'respect' for nature and a 'human identity,' his work being the outcome of deep meditation rather than recorded observation. Yet many of his paintings verge on minimalism and often come close to conceptualism.While a painter of portraits and still-lifes, landscape was Flanagan's main interest. His explorations of form and his experimentation with materials have left a rich body of pictures which range from works capturing the subtleties of refraction and reflection to those tackling challenging themes such as Northern Ireland's 'troubles'. Skilfully drawing together the many strands of Flanagan's prolific career, S.B. Kennedy presents the definitive account of the life and work of one of Ireland's foremost artists.

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  • Hardcover: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Lund Humphries; New edition edition (28 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848221282
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848221284
  • Product Dimensions: 27.4 x 25.6 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 644,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Dr S.B. Kennedy, formerly Head of Art at the Ulster Museum, is well-known in Irish art circles. He has arranged many exhibitions and has published many catalogues, articles and other papers in his area of interest. His books include the widely acclaimed Irish Art and Modernism 1880-1950, monographs on Frank McKelvey and David Crone and a catalogue raisonne of the work of the influential Irish landscapist Paul Henry.

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5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable 3 Oct 2013
Any lover of colour is usually a lover of light, and I am both. This book is subtitled 'Painter of Light and Landscape'. I am always fascinated how painters capture light. With a foreword by Seamus Heaney, who knew the painter, this book traces the life of the artist, who became one of the most important Irish landscape painters of the second half of the twentieth century. His work has a consciousness, studied and thought through. He was regarded as an exceptional watercolorist but also worked in oil. It is the oil paintings that stand out in this book for me. I love his painting of Teasels, which in the book is referred to as 'Teazles'; 'Men in a Muddy Field', 'Cloonagh Bawn'. Some of the paintings especially from the 60s onwards are executed in acrylic, and I admire the almost ghostly 'A Frozen Lake'. His watercolours, too numerous to mention, like all his work, capture a certain delicacy, a careful placement of brushstrokes, a moment in time often reflecting the past in the present. His work is graceful and stylish, even when the subject is the troubles of the 70s. Who else could paint a victim so lovingly, so elegantly? This is a beautiful tribute to Flanagan as a painter and as a man. I enjoyed reading it very much.
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