by Scott Watson
Jack Shadbolt is a major Canadian Artist whose painting have appeared in many international exhibitions, as well as in major retrospectives at the National Gallery, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the University of British Columbia Museum of Anthropology.
In this first full study of the renowned painter, author Scott Wagner explores Shadbolt's personal struggles to be in artist and to resolve conflicting drives - between spontaneity and restraint, order and chaos - in the context of shifting trends in art as well as social change. Shadbolt also struggled to be understood in a culture that, when he began, was not ready for modern art. From Shadbolt's early love of nature and awakening artistic sensibilities to his coming of age while studying in New York, London and Paris, Watson explores the evolution of an artist who has an international perspective but who is also a unique regional painter with a profound sense of place.
In chronicling Shadbolt's development, the author has created a portrait that gives an insightful look at the nature of the artistic sensibility, enriched with liberal excerpts from the painter's own writings on art and the life of an artist.
Lavishly illustrated with the art of Jack Shadbolt - 220 illustrationsn including 110 in colour.
Hardcover. 243 pages.
12.5 x 9.5"