Featuring an introduction by art critic, writer and curator Sacha Craddock, and essays by Ben Street and Gabor Gyory, ‘Breathless’ is the first monograph on the emerging British painter Benjamin Senior. His paintings conjure up a world that is delightful, curious and distinctly his own – a world in which bathers lounge around pools and swimmers limber up before diving in; where people work-out and where walkers take us into the countryside, or into the city with their dogs.
But Senior’s paintings are also carefully conceived studies of the human body, of shape, line and form, of tone, light and shadow. They are engaging explorations of composition and colour, pattern and geometry, textures and materials, the natural and the manmade. With his distinctive and stylised iconography and an overriding sense of both silence and the suspension of time, Senior’s oeuvre is preoccupied with repression and expression, freedom and conformity, motion and stasis, engagement and disengagement. Read more
Text by Tamara Tracz
3 volumes, each 72pp + 4pp covers, Hardback in slipcase, 135 x 210 mm, c. 15 colour and b/w images
‘Three Books’, by the London-based writer, filmmaker and artist Tamara Tracz, is a three-hardback-volume slipcased book. It is a story that follows several generations of a family as their lives unfold in various countries during the twentieth century. The family is a Jewish family, and their story profoundly affected by the Holocaust. It is a story of branches of the family destroyed, and of the survival of others.
‘Three Books’ is also autobiographical, as it is Tracz’s own family that is its subject. Tracz lets us in to her immediate family circle today. With a particular focus on her young children, Riva and Constantin, she shares her inner anxieties about being a mother and the fear of losing her children. These are the thoughts of almost any mother, but here are seen through the prism of the family’s experiences of genocide.
But while Tracz is in some respects every woman – and a Jewish woman in particular – she is also, quite inimitably, Tamara Tracz. A unique and inspiring person, she does things in ways that perhaps only she can. For every word in this book has been handwritten and reproduced as she drew it. The text does not flow as regular lines, but in all manner of configurations and patterns, emphasising the mind’s reading of the text, as if being read aloud for us by the author herself. As such, ‘Three Books’ is a form of artist’s book – a story, a journey and an experience that is not easily forgotten. Read more
Texts by Andrew Lambirth and Sue Hubbard
112pp + 4pp covers, Flexibound, 260 x 225 mm, c. 75 colour images
Sarah Medway’s abstract paintings are a delicate, evocative and sincere investigation into the nature of light as it manifests itself through the myriad environments that surround us. She navigates us through the different seasons, sometimes on foreign shores – from the Mediterranean to Scandinavia and beyond – other times closer to her canal-side studio in central London. This publication presents a major body of work by the artist commissioned for the new P&O Cruises Britannia. This substantial commission – comprising fifty-six paintings – is one of the latest in a long line of commissions by P&O of original works of art by living artists. Specially commissioned texts by Andrew Lambirth and Sue Hubbard offer an illuminating and insightful introduction to Medway’s oeuvre and to this significant new series of paintings. Read more
Introduction by Michele Robecchi, texts by Marina Cashdan and Ben Quash
98pp + 4pp covers, Hardback, 220 x 190 mm, c. 75 colour images
Anna Freeman Bentley (b. Freeman, 1982) is a painter based in London. Her practice
explores the built environment, architecture and interiors, inviting emotive, psychological and semiotic readings of space. With an intense, regularly dark palette and energetic yet often intricate brushwork, her paintings depict all manner of places – derelict factories and warehouses, baroque buildings, shops, cafes, and modern industrial and corporate architecture. With a particular focus on the relationships between the design of architecture, its function and use, how these uses change over time, and how streets, areas, communities and cities decline, regenerate and gentrify, Freeman Bentley’s practice documents the changing vocabulary of architecture and captures some of the complex dynamics, atmospheres, politics and states of mind that these places engender. Read more
Introduction by David Lancaster, interview with Tim Marlow
64pp + 4pp covers, Hardback, 285 x 200 mm, c. 22 colour images
‘Wot No Bike’ is a limited print run publication of the work of Paul Simonon (b.1955). Growing up in London in the 1960s and 70s he found himself part of the community of Bikers and Rockers that emerged from the shadow of post-war austerity and which lit the touch paper for the punk revolution within which Simonon came to prominence as bassist with the legendary punk band The Clash. Since the band split in the mid 1980s, Simonon has divided his time between music and art projects. With Simonon’s independent-minded, outsider spirit, ‘Wot No Bike’ features twenty-two paintings depicting the stock-in-trade of his life as a Biker – poised between still life and autobiography. Read more
Text by Ali Smith, foreword by Catherine Morris.
88pp + 4pp covers, Hardback, 170 x 235 mm, c. 50 colour images
Rachel Kneebone (born 1973, Oxfordshire) is a London-based artist internationally renowned for her porcelain sculptures that intricately fuse human, natural and abstract forms to explore universal themes such as sexual desire, mortality, anguish and despair. Launched in anticipation of ‘399 Days’, Kneebone’s latest presentation at White Cube, London, in summer 2014, this publication features works from Kneebone’s acclaimed solo exhibition at Brooklyn Museum in 2012, which included eight of the artist’s works in dialogue with fifteen bronze sculptures by Auguste Rodin. With a foreword by Catherine Morris and a text by Ali Smith, this beautifully designed and produced hardback publication contains over fifty colour reproductions and has been developed with support from Brooklyn Museum. Read more
Texts by Eva Díaz, Media Farzin, Murtaza Vali, and Kamrooz Aram.
80pp + 4pp covers, Hardback, 318 x 248 mm, c. 50 colour and b/w images
This monograph on Iranian-born, Brooklyn-based painter Kamrooz Aram (b.1978) presents the Palimpsest series, in part inspired by the constant painting-over of graffiti on the streets of New York by the authorities. The ongoing cycle of painting, covering-up and repainting in the urban environment connects with Aram’s long-standing fascination with modernism and the legacies of Abstract painting. Also running throughout the series is a floral motif that Aram appropriated from a Persian carpet in a shop in Manhattan – a motif that submerges and re-emerges within the many layers of accumulated and erased marks on his canvases. Read more
Texts by Jonathan Watkins, Ben Tufnell, Kyung An, and Jade Keunhye Lim
108pp + 4pp covers, Softback, 280 x 220 mm, c. 50 colour and b/w images
London and Seoul-based Korean artist Meekyoung Shin (b.1967) is internationally renowned for her sculptures that probe the mis- and re-translations that often emerge when cultural objects are uprooted from their original context. Made from soap, her works replicate artefacts and canonical works of art, from Asian porcelain vases to Greek and Roman sculptures, translating between continents, cultures and centuries in the process. Read more
Texts by Mamuka Bliadze, Jane Neal and Dr. Anthony Fry
88pp + 4pp covers, Hardback, 280 × 220 mm, c. 60 colour and b/w image
The paintings and etchings of Robert Fry (b. 1980, London) navigate a complex visual language that bridges the figurative and the abstract in a way that is evocative of body and mind, matter and spirit, life and death. Both sacred and profane, Fry’s work masterfully brings us face to face with our inner and outer selves, with our humanity and, ultimately, with our own mortality. This, the artist’s first monograph, features texts by Mamuka Bliadze, Anthony Fry and Jane Neal, and is accompanied by approximately sixty illustrations. Read more
Texts by Marco Livingstone, Jane Neal and Matt Price
80pp + 4pp covers, Hardback, 190 × 220 mm, c. 50 colour and b/w images
Caroline Walker (b. 1982, Dunfermline) has established herself as one of the UK’s most exciting figurative painters of her generation working internationally today. By means of a seductive yet forthright use of paint, Walker makes paintings that explore ideas of femininity in relation to architecture, addressing people’s physical, psychological, emotional and social relationships with the buildings in which they spend time. By depicting women undertaking all manner of activities, she takes the viewer inside people’s private worlds and states of mind. While often appealing, there is regularly something odd underlying the paintings that verges on the threatening or dangerous. Sometimes dream homes can be anything but…
In Every Dream Home – the first monograph of Walker’s work – features around fifty key paintings, oil sketches and ink drawings alongside an introductory text by art historian, critic and curator Marco Livingstone, an essay by independent critic and curator Jane Neal, and an interview with the artist by editor Matt Price. Read more