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Book Review: Mark Hearld's Work Book

By Sandy Amazeen Jan 21, 2013, 7:20 GMT

Book Review: Mark Hearld's Work Book

The artist Mark Hearld finds his inspiration in the flora and fauna of the British countryside: a blue-eyed jay perched on an oak branch; two hares enjoying the spoils of an allotment; a mute swan standing at the frozen water\'s edge; and a sleek red fox prowling the fields. Hearld admires such twentieth-century artists as Edward Bawden, John Piper, Eric Ravilious and Enid Marx, and, like them, he chooses to ...more

Simplistic and charming, this collection of over two hundred assorted works of artist Mark Hearld revels in his almost childlike delight in color and the common creatures most people ignore. From pigeons to robins and squirrels to fish, each animal is rendered with the overriding impression of joy regardless of the medium used. A multitalented artist, Hearld works with paint, paper, textiles and prints with impressive ease and what’s more, shares his sources of inspiration while explaining a bit of what went into creating much of the work showcased here. Whether you are a fan of Hearld’s work or discovering it for the first time, this book is a treat simply to flip through and will appeal to children and adults alike.

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