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Cutting Away: The Linocuts of Robert Gillmor (Wildlife Art Series)
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Linocuts don't really seem the most obvious medium for a naturalist artist - well, read/view this book and be convinced otherwise. You get a few hundred illustrations, which alone should justify the price - many of them are gorgeous. Gillmor is best known for his covers of the 'New Naturalist' series, and many of these are quite bright. But the ones I truly admire are the ones with just a few colours - say, his black guillemots; his 'Norfolk night' with two hares in silhouette, with a church by moonlight in the background; his spoonbills. The colours are spare, and few - the details are restrained; and with all this paring away he gets to the soul of the animal, or of the landscape. That is what the title means to me.
What you also get is the text. Here the lino-part of the cutting away is explained, a masterclass, showing how hours and days of observation, plus usually more than one print block translate into the final product. Most of the prints have their individual commentary too, alternating between the subject and the technique; fascinating stuff, this. But the proof of the cutting is in the product, and that is gorgeous.
Compliments also to the publishers - even when plates go over two pages, the usual hinge shift does not occur. This is a beautifully produced book of lovingly crafted plates. Craft into art!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 19 March 2012
Robert Gillmor is a highly talented illustrator of birds and I was delighted to find this book after collecting his greetings cards of birds (whenever I came across them) over some years. Apart from being a great draughtsman, he is highly observant of his subject and captures the essence of all these wonderful birds. The artist's anecdotes accompanying the linocuts are refreshing and charming to say the least. As for the book itself, the illustrations are supberbly reproduced. In conclusion: Brilliant!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 26 December 2011
I started buying Gillmor's work because I just liked the colours, his designs and the messages - or so they seemed to me - givewn by his etchings and prints. Cutting Away collects a considerable volume of his work, avoids unnecessary descriptions and just lets the art and the thought-provoking design "speak" for itself - as it should.

You really can, therefore, enjoy this book not just as a catalogue but a work of artistic creation in itself. It is humble in its presentation, quiet in its testimony like the North Norfolk countryside and wildlife that it celebrates and like something of true value always rewarding to return to, again and again.

I now teach and tutor English rather than sell management consultancy and intend to use these images to prompt creative writing activities for teenagers, to re-engage them in our countryside and wildlife that arcade games seems to have little room to promote...oh, that's another hobby horse, I'm sorry!

So, buy it and indulge your senses too.
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on 15 December 2012
A well chosen book its been on 'someones' Christmas Wish list for absolutely ages. Now is the time to brighten their day, it certainly brightened mine when I looked at it - beautifully done.
I can see this being very well received and becoming a much loved book.
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on 27 January 2013
Bought for my lino cutting , artist husband who is a fan of Robert Gillmor.Beautifully produced book with large clear illustrations and imformative text.We love it.
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on 12 November 2013
Arrived quickly and well packaged. Robert Gillmor is a great artist and this is an inspirational and practical book for budding linocut artists
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on 22 April 2013
I got this on behalf of a friend, it is a beautiful book the pictures are colorful and inspirational, very well produced, sturdy book.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 27 March 2010
Absolutely wonderful book, bought it for my mother for mothers day, and she is thrilled with it, and spends hours looking at it.
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on 9 February 2015
Brilliant very happy
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on 28 April 2015
inspirational
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