Tom Palin: artist statements 1992-2012

Palin, Tom (2013) Tom Palin: artist statements 1992-2012. Workshop Press, Leeds, UK. ISBN 9780956949462

Abstract

This book is a collection of one hundred and twenty-three statements and thoughts from across twenty-one years. In them the author reflects on aspects of his artistic journey, offering a personal account of the importance of memory, intention and place, and of a material and temporal understanding of both the practice and object of painting. The statements themselves fall, for the most part, into two categories. More than a quarter have been used as exhibition materials, appearing in catalogues, on websites, gallery notice boards or in publication. The rest come as studio jottings; as private observations penned in notebooks. Collectively, these thoughts serve to explain, extend or parallel the author’s work as a painter. The book contains a foreword by Dr Michael Belshaw. In it he considers the notion and particularity of the artist statement itself, the broader trajectory of thinking in respect of several consistent themes, approached and revised over the course of the writings – including representation, surface, subject, process and narrative – and distinctions between public and private utterances. In addition, the work contains an introduction by the author and a glossary of terms.

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