on 17 May 2013
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.
on 2 June 2013
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!
on 20 June 2013
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.
on 31 December 2015
This book is full of the most beautiful Botanical Studies ever. Portrayed as they were produced, ie a tiny rose bud in the corner of a large otherwise blank page. To my mind they have an almost magical quality,the precision and accuracy required for this genre of artwork is most certainly there, along with an extra ingredient I can't define. The story of how he lived, how he painted and his music career all combine to give an insight of this multi talented man. From beginning to end the book encompasses some of Rory McEwens life and work gloriously.