John Wonnacott: A Biographical Study

ISBN: 9781848225916
Artist(s): John Wonnacott
Author(s): Charles Sausmarez-Smith
Format: hardback
Year published: 5 Sep 2022
Publisher: Lund Humphries
Publisher Location: London
Total Pages: 136
Illustrations: 63 colour illustrations


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In this first major study of the work of the painter John Wonnacott (b.1940), Charles Saumarez Smith has surveyed a body of work produced at a tangent to the orthodoxies of modernism. Exploring the artist’s formative experiences at the Slade, which connected him with artists such as Frank Auerbach and Michael Andrews and the School of London more broadly, Saumarez Smith roots Wonnacott’s approach in his commitment to the discipline of drawing, his acute skills in observational analysis and the mechanics of graphic invention that makes his visual response to the world so memorable. Alongside commissioned portraits created in the grandest of architectural spaces, from naval bases to the Painted Hall at Greenwich and including John Major in 10 Downing Street and the Royal Family in Buckingham Palace, he has produced a revealing diary of self-portraits stretching back from his early teens and landscape paintings of light and sky which are celebrations of his native Essex coastline. In presenting the full range of Wonnacott’s impressive oeuvre, the scope of the artist’s remarkable achievement is revealed.


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