You’ll find information on this site about my new and forthcoming publications and author events. There are also details of broadcasts, museum projects and previous books.
The ‘Essay’ page features a series of single essays or short pieces. I hope you find something of interest. If you’d like to get in touch, please use the contact page.
I have two new books due out in 2016. Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories: A Children’s History of Art will be published by Laurence King Publishing in August. It tells the story of art from the 40,000-year-old ‘Lion Man’ of Stadel Cave to Ai Weiwei in 68 episodes, all brilliantly illustrated by Kate Evans.
I’ve just finished a monograph on the sculptor George Fullard, which Pangolin Editions will publish in October, to coincide with an exhibition at Gallery Pangolin. Fullard was the charismatic head of sculpture at Chelsea School of Art in the 1960s – ‘vivid, demanding, abrasive, contentious … extremely venomous, extremely generous’, as his pupil and later colleague Phyllida Barlow recalls. Fullard’s work ran through several very distinct phases, from beautifully modelled realist sculpture to large wooden assemblage pieces in the late 1950s (he was often compared to Louise Nevelson at the time) and sheet metal constructions. He died in 1973, aged only 50.
A new edition of The St Ives Artists: A Biography of Place and Time was published in June. Lots more illustrations this time – see Lund Humphries blog for a preview.
I was recently awarded a Goodison Fellowship at the British Library to research the National Life Stories collection of Artists’ Lives. This project started in 1990 and now numbers more than 350 recordings, hundreds of hours of listening … I’ll be presenting the results of my research at a conference at the Courtauld Institute in December, and possibly also in a future book.