Rory McEwen: The Colours of Reality
James Fox, Richard Demarco, Martyn Rix, Shirley Sherwood
Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 2013.
Hardback; 250 x 285 mm; blue boards with silver titles on spine; 224 pages. Original unclipped dust jacket. Profusely illustrated.
The book is in very good condition. The binding is sound and tight. A few marks on the back of the dust jacket including where a small label has been removed.
Rory McEwen (1932 – 1982) was a Scottish artist and musician.
“This book describes the life and work of this enigmatic man, a legend in his lifetime and still admired thirty years after his death. He composed and performed Scottish folk songs and exhibited avant-garde sculpture at the Edinburgh Festival. His main legacy, however, is the wonderfully luminous and detailed flower paintings he produced throughout his life, of anemones, auriculas, tulips, fritillaries, and of often battered, dying leaves or mouldering vegetables. These paintings have been an inspiration to later generations of botanical artists. In this book James Fox describes McEwen’s life and music and the wide-ranging friendships that he and his wife Romana shared at their house in Chelsea. Richard Demarco remembers his contributions to the avant-garde in Scotland, and Martyn Rix describes his botanical and other paintings. Shirley Sherwood considers his legacy and influence on today’s botanical artists, as illustrated by works from her collection.”