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10½ x 11½ ins (26.67 x 29.21 cms)
by Alexandra Fielding, Tom Hewlett and Francis Mallett
Published 2010. 144 pages. Limited supply.
This wonderful monograph on artist Gary Bunt contains more than 160 illustrations of the painter's work, old and new. The text, by Alexandra Fielding, explores Bunt's unconventional career, his inspirations and technique.
Bunt emerges as a wry but sympathetic observer of an idealized English life in village, town and countryside. The women gossiping over the garden wall, the men sneaking down to the pub with faithful dog in tow, the love-struck younger couples or the pensioners enjoying a long life together are all here. The good humour and appreciation of life's simple pleasures which shine out of his naive paintings are also evident in the artist's laconic approach to his own illness, and especially in the reflections of characters alone on heath or beach as they contemplate their solitude and the immensity of existence. But Bunt is as adept at revealing the human face of declining industrial towns or the rugged life of fishermen as he is at depicting middle-aged men with an eye for a passing blonde or well-to-do country ladies with a reputation for fun and frolics.
The book conveniently arranges the paintings in major themes: Nostalgia and Romance; Inner Life; Gary Bunt's England. There are also many biographical photographs charting Bunt's evolution from lyricist and guitar player to one of the most popular artists currently exhibiting.
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