Hardback224 PagesSize: 270 x 230 x 28 mm
ISBN: 9781848220829Publication: May 27, 2011

Clive Hicks-Jenkins

Simon Callow, Damian Walford Davies, Clive Hicks-Jenkins, Andrew Green, Rex Harley, Kathe Koja, Anita Mills, Montserrat Prat, Jacqueline Thalmann, and Peter Wakelin

£45.00 GBP

  • The first book on an artist who has an established reputation and strong popular following in Wales and whose work is rapidly becoming known and collected further afield
  • The book includes contributions by a wide range of British and American writers, including poets and novelists alongside art historians, who explore different themes in the artist's work


Critic Nicholas Usherwood has described the painting of Clive Hicks-Jenkins (b.1951) as 'reflective, expressive painting of the highest order'. From a background as a choreographer and theatre director, Hicks-Jenkins has since the 1990s become increasingly well-known as a painter, producing exploratory sequences of works that embrace diverse subject-matter with a consistent and distinctive vision. His paintings are now held in all the principal public collections in Wales and his artists' books are in libraries worldwide; he is a Royal Cambrian Academician and an Honorary Fellow of Aberystwyth University.

This book is the first to survey Clive Hicks-Jenkins' work as a whole, and is published in celebration of the artist's 60th birthday.
Its wide-ranging texts, written by poets, novelists and art historians based in Britain and the USA, address the themes inherent in Hicks-Jenkins' different bodies of work: the use of locations in his paintings; his interest in creating theatrical ensembles from familiar objects; the sequence of huge drawings inspired by the Welsh folk tradition of the Mari Lwyd; the important sequence of works made in response to the fragments of a Tuscan altarpiece at Christ Church Picture Gallery; paintings exploring stories of the miraculous; the influence of theatre in the artist's use of puppets as preparatory maquettes; the important role of drawing; the production of artist's books; and Hicks-Jenkins' dialogues with contemporary poets.

The book will be welcomed by the artist's growing following of supporters and collectors and by all those with an interest in contemporary narrative painting.

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