The Colours Of Reality - Hardback
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- Lavishly illustrated - over 150 colour photographs
- Showcases the botanical work of Rory McEwen
- Hardback Edition
This book showcases the botanical work and other creative talents of Rory McEwen (1932-82) ranging from the 1950s to the early 1980s.
McEwen developed a distinctive style working on unadorned vellum, presenting botanical subject matter with scientific precision and artistic flair, without ever compromising one for the other. His work can be found in the British Museum, V&A, Tate, National Gallery of Modern Art Scotland and MOMA, New York, among other collections.
Stunning illustrations of his floral subjects are featured alongside essays from Martyn Rix, James Fox, Richard Demarco and Shirley Sherwood covering his botanical work; his influence on fellow artists; his other aptitudes for music, poetry and sculpture; friendships with fellow artists such as Jim Dine, Brice Marden and Joseph Beuys, and musicians including Ravi Shankar, George Harrison and George Melly.
Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2013, and developed in close collaboration with the McEwen family, this is the first major exposure of Rory McEwens work since 1989.