Bird on a Wire: The Life and Art of Guy Taplin

ISBN: 9781905883103
Artist(s): Guy Taplin
Author(s): Ian Collins with a foreword by Michael Palin
Format: hardback
Year published: 2010
Publisher: Antique Collectors Club
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 224
Illustrations: Illustrated in colour throughout

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Dedicated to Ronald Blythe by the author Ian Collins.

In any game of word association the term ‘bird sculptor’ is most likely to prompt the name Guy Taplin. But Britain’s most successful avian image maker is also in a field of his own – with a story like no other in the art world.

A beautiful and revelatory new book about the Taplin life and work charts a riveting journey from the wartime East End to the wilds of the Essex coast. En route the self-taught artist, hurtling through many careers before finding his feet and pouring his spirit into sculpture, has meandered as far as the driftwood he turns into magical art.

Written by East Anglian author Ian Collins, a close friend of Guy Taplin for the past decade, the book will trace the obsessions and adventures in a very creative life. It features interviews with many artists, writers and collectors and a foreword by Michael Palin.

Condition: Near fine book in very good dust jacket. Some minor creasing to boards.


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