David Remfry: Watercolour
Artist(s): David Remfry
Author(s): James Russell
Year published: 14 April 2022
Publisher: Royal Academy of Arts
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 160
Illustrations: 145 colour illustrations
2 in stock
Over his long and successful career David Remfry MBE RARWS has achieved a mastery of watercolour that few have matched. Unusually for the medium, he works on a large scale and often focuses on people, exploring the dance hall and the nightclub in breathtaking images that are at once beautiful, and edgy. This book is the first full-length monograph devoted to the artist’s watercolours.
Its author, James Russell, is well known for his writing on 20th-century British artists. Russell brings his scholarship, humour and fascination for people and their lives to his study of Remfry’s career, tracing the evolution of a remarkable talent, looking in depth at the most significant works and placing Remfry in the context of both the British watercolour tradition and international contemporary painting. This is at once a glorious art book and an intimate portrait of city life.
Having spent 20 years living and working at the legendary Chelsea Hotel in New York, Remfry has a following on both sides of the Atlantic. New Yorkers – often in party mode – feature in many of his watercolours, and his recollections of people and places add colour to the text.