book spilt into written part and then illustrations/images - gives the first impression of too many words, but not so - text is most interesting and images are fabulous. I bought this book for my husband's Christmas but ended up giving it to him right away because I loved it so much - and so did he.
Barbara Rae has been a considerable presence on the Scottish - and latterly - national art scene for years now; indeed, a number of my friends and colleagues are ex-students from her days as a tutor at Glasgow School of Art. This is a beautifully illustrated book presenting her work mainly from the early 80`s to the present, though some student works are also reproduced. There is a foreword, an interview with Rae and a brief essay. Although the texts are interesting and informative it is the illustrations that you'll buy it for - there are 171 listed plates, not all full-page, but everything a good size - with an additional smattering of smaller pictures, photos etc.. Medium and dimensions are given for all the illustrations of work. One thing the illustrations can`t convey are the textures and surfaces of her painting; Rae often incorporates metallic foil and coloured celluloid, or uses gold or silver paint in her work; these reflective surfaces change in the light as you stand in front of the painting, adding a different element to the surface. Also the scale of some of her larger works is a little lost here, but nevertheless this is a good reference of her work to have. Rae is probably one of the foremost landscape painters working today; the price of this book is steep and rising, but it is a very worthwhile addition to the library of any serious student of landscape work or anyone with an interest in good modern painting.
Barbara Rae's paintings have the bold shapes and striking use of contrasting colour associated with abstract art, but her work is firmly rooted in the tradition of landscape painting. She makes sketchbook studies during her travels and from them, back in the studio, makes monotype prints with unusual colour combinations as a source of reference. The final painting evolves from an experimental creative process, using painterly colour and texture, collage, and even spatters of paint flicked at the canvas. Man-made structures and patterns on the landscape - architecture, telegraph poles and wires, roads, ploughed fields - are used, together with trees and foliage, as patterns against the dynamic textured backgrounds.
This is a beautifully produced, extensively illustrated book, showing the work of an outstanding contemporary artist.
A luscious, lavishly illustrated book, if you admire her work then you will love this book, but don't expect the giving of any artistic secrets on how she achieves her sumptuous canvases, sadly she wont divulge her methods.
This is an extremely well produced book about an important artist of our times. The plates are fantastically good, beautifully reproduced colour and revealing text. Inspirational and worth the expense.