A Brush with the Real: Figurative Painting Today

By Marc Valli and Margherita Dessanay

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  • Hardback
  • 320 colour illustrations
  • 320 pages
  • 11⅛ x 8⅝ ins
  • ISBN 9781780672830
  • Published March 2014

A Brush with the Real: Figurative Painting Today presents a dynamic new approach to figurative painting. By examining the work of a carefully curated collection of 51 contemporary artists, this book celebrates the unprecedented revival of figurative painting in its many new forms.

Arranged in three thematic parts, this book reveals the background, tools, reference materials, and media that inspire each artist to take figurative painting in new directions.

We peer into painters' lives to witness the use of groundbreaking digital technologies, the building of large-scale sets, and painstaking methods of preparing materials, all resulting in hugely complex and inspiring works.

About the Author

Marc Valli is the founder of the retail and book-selling company Magma as well as the magazines Graphic and Elephant. His books include RGB: Reviewing Graphics in Britain, Walk the Line and Microworlds (also with Margherita Dessanay).

Margherita Dessanay graduated from the University of Cagliari with a degree in the History of Art before studying for an MA in Contemporary Art Theory at Goldsmith’s, University of London. She writes regularly for Elephant magazine and has co-written a number of books, including It’s A Stick Up! and Stencil Republic.

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Part 2. Unstill Lives Ayman Baalbaki François Bard Kevin Cosgrove Cynthia Daignault Tim Eitel Zhang Enli Maya Gold Oda Jaune Chantal Joffe Thoralf Knobloch Ronald Ophuis Jina Park Till Rabus Alessandro Raho Serban Savu Lynette Yiadom-Boakye Liu Xiadong Caroline Walker Dan Witz

Part 3. New Pastoral & Other Imagined Realities Toshimitsu Baba Jules de Balincourt Amy Bennett David Brian Smith Jonas Burgert Kent Dorn Joyce Ho Sigrid Holmwood Josephine King Masakatsu Kondo Nicholas McLeod Hesam Rahmanian Simon Willems