ZAWN: the cliff-edge painting of Paul Lewin
A profile of the artist by Paul Gough with a preface by Lady St Levan, this new book published by Sansom has 61 reproductions of Paul's work, 55 of which are full colour. Retailing at £16.50 the prices shown here include p&p, please choose the correct delivery option and allow up to 14 days for the book to arrive. All the books purchased through Paul's website will be signed by the artist.
Zawn is a Cornish word for a chasm or narrow inlet in the cliffs.
"In Zawn Paul Lewin has painted a defining portrait of the near seas and coastal edges around West Penwith in deepest Cornwall. From Penzance to Zennor, Pendeen Watch to St Ives, he captures the extraordinary geography of the peninsular, the geological story of fierce molten extrusion and collapse that created this bunched fist of coast and the invisible reefs that lure sailors to their deaths.
By exposing himself so dangerously to the edge Lewin’s work assumes a near-aerial quality, as if he is floating mysteriously, or hovering, over the sheer cliffs and coves to which he returns again and again to create the plein air pieces reproduced in this book. From the plunging drops at Treen near Gurnard’s Head to winter storms off Zennor – few contemporary painters have located with such painterly insight the collision of land and sea as Lewin has done.
In this beautiful and comprehensive collection of Lewin's work Paul Gough writes elegantly and unaffectedly about the forces, within and without, that lie behind an artist whose vision is unparalleled in contemporary British landscape painting."