Three Artists

Too Many Books and Never Enough

Wayne writes: In two of her posts about our visit to England last May (here and here), Christina commented briefly on two artists whose work we recently saw for the first time.

Art of Simon Palmer jacketThe first of these is Simon Palmer (b. 1956), described in a book about his work as ‘one of Britain’s leading watercolour artists’, whose special subject is North Yorkshire, where he lives. Blackwell’s Art Bookshop in Oxford had The Art of Simon Palmer (2011) on special display: independently Christina and I looked at it, and were attracted at once. It may be that we picked it up thinking that it was about the 19th-century Romantic artist, and contemporary of Blake, Samuel Palmer; in fact, Samuel was an early influence on Simon. As we paged through the book, we saw similarities with other artists we know well, such as Eric Ravilious, Tirzah Garwood, Paul Nash…

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