The Incisive Eye is the first comprehensive monograph devoted to the work of Colin See-Paynton, one of the most remarkable of the new generation of British wood engravers. In 1972, See-Paynton moved to a remote farmhouse in Wales, on to which he built his studio. Entirely self-taught as an engraver, he began to make prints in 1980 and has since produced over 150 editions, all of which are reproduced and catalogued in this book. Over 20 prints are reproduced as close as possible to their actual size. Colin See-Paynton has brought a new vitality to one of the earliest forms of printmaking. Although his work is based on the meticulous observation of the natural world, his talent is to invent compositions which distil the ecological and behavioural relationships of the species in their habitats. He uses his knowledge and imagination to construct engravings of great complexity and refinement and has evolved something new by the patterning and layering of his images. Later compositions, particularly those from an underwater viewpoint, use an increasingly abstract and fluid line to capture the fast and fleeting movements of birds and fish. The Incisive Eye has a foreword by Kyffin Williams and is introduced by David Alston. In a technical essay, Colin See-Paynton describes the transition from field sketch to finished print. The essay is illustrated with photographs, by Vince Bevan, of the artist at work. A glossary of technical terms and key to materials and equipment provides invaluable information on the entire process of wood engraving.
UK/US 1st edition Large format paperback. Illustrated. Very good. Would have listed as 'as new' but cover has very very minor dog ear to top right,