AboutJeffery Camp is an artist of great standing who has stubbornly and boldly pursued his own very personal vision and made paintings that are a lasting contribution to the art of our time. In this, his 86th year, the importance of Camp's work in the development of British figurative painting is being celebrated with the publication of Almanac, a three year long collaboration with Art Space Gallery that offers a personal view of his life as a painter.
Camp has written that âA painter's work may change less in the middle years and explode with surprise at the end'. This exhibition will bring together a selection of work illustrated in Almanac to sit alongside the most recent works.
Completed in the last two years they continue the themes from the vast panoramas of London and the south downland, populated by figures, either sleeping, flying or floating to tiny irregular panels of a solitary apple or a spider's web.They contain the experiences of a lifetime with an exuberance and new imaginative freedom undiminished by age.
Published by The Royal Academy of Arts in association with Art Space Gallery, Jeffery Camp's ALMANAC represents a lifetime spent observing people and places, and capturing them in paint and on paper. Some 550 images from highly individual figure compositions and tender studies of nature to paintings of sea and shore, and portraits of friends and contemporaries make up the book's kaleidoscopic pages. Each spread brims with energy, as Camp juxtaposes new with old and paintings with drawings in a rich tapestry of love and longing. The works are accompanied by the artist's comments, astute observations that take in the whys and wherefores of making art and reflections on the passing of time, to create a fascinating document of his life.
ISBN: 9781905711642 April 2010, 26 x 20 cm, 256 pages with 550+ illustrations. Hardback, £35. Available from Art Space Gallery at the special price of £25 + p&p