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Zawn
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Zawn (2016)

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."

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, for over thirty years he has painted the cliff edges of the furthest peninsula of the kingdom. Seen from the vertiginous slopes of this barren promontory Paul Lewin has captured the unique qualities of colour, light and texture of the weathered headlands. A painter of the plein air he has a unique ability to depict the sparkling iridescence of a late afternoon sun on becalmed water. It is a gift of vision unparalleled in contemporary landscape painting in Britain.
Islands and Ireland
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Islands and Ireland (2010)

A full colour,144 page, book with over 90 reproductions of Paul’s paintings and drawings. Published to accompany his 2010 exhibition in Ireland, it also contains images of some of his favourite painting haunts such as Tresco and Bardsey. The book is divided into several sections each with an insightful introduction by the artist.

Retailing at £18 the prices shown here include p&p, please choose the correct delivery option and allow up to 14 days for the book to arrive.

Islands have played a significant part in my artistic development over the past twenty years. They are enclosed, isolated places that provide me with an intensely focused and uninterrupted opportunity to pursue landscape painting. More specifically, they give me a chance to explore that most dynamic and powerful of subjects; the meeting place between land and sea, something that is key to my work. To paint successfully I need to immerse myself in a landscape and really get to know it before I feel I can start to meaningfully express something on paper or canvas. This makes islands perfect environments for my painting trips as they are finite, have a discernible boundary and therefore seem wholly knowable.

A Picture of Cornwall (2010)

One of the chosen artists in Ray Balkwill's overview of contemporary Cornish landscape painters.Several reproductions of recent Cornish work, including three full page illustrations.

A Picture of Devon (2008)

A chosen artist in Ray Balkwill's overview of contemporary Devon artists, several reproductions of older works from North Devon.

Touchstones

Touchstones (2002)

Being There

Being There (2001)

Articles

2008 Cornwall Today, January Edition.
2007 Leisure Painter, July Edition
2004 Masterclass feature in April edition of "The Artist"
1993 Features in "An Introduction to Oil Painting" Dorling Kindersley
1993 Features in "An Introduction to Pastels" Dorling Kindersley