John Blockley – a retrospective. NEW BOOK NOW AVAILABLE

I have spent the morning packing up copies of John Blockley- a retrospective. It is the new book that I have compiled about my late father’s life and work, published by Batsford. Publication date is actually July 5th but my advance copies have  arrived and box loads have gone off to the post office in the back of my husband’s truck to begin their journeys  around UK and as far as  New Zealand , Canada and USA.  It is a really  exciting moment for me  because this is a last stage in a long cherished project.  He died in 2002 so  the world is a very different place now but somehow  the  images he produced with such integrity and passion are as fresh  and meaningful as ever.  I am glad that I have had such warm feedback from people saying  that it was a lovely way to honour my father and give back .

He has been a massive inspiration to me and many other artists around the world and  his  influence  has been incalculable.  I am really proud to have   been able to put this book together showing  the many different subjects, mediums and  ways of interpreting that he progressed through as his work changed and developed over  forty years of painting. As an untrained artist, who only  became a full time  painter in his fifties, his story is as inspiring as the paintings themselves.

 

Fishing boats-Dungeness , G.John Blockley, c2000

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