Edited by Ceri Thomas
University of South Wales 2015, 101 pages, price £8
This publication marks fifty years of the Lancashire-born and Barry-based Alan Salisbury’s professional involvement with art. It features three new texts: an introductory essay by Ceri Thomas, a second essay by Frances Woodley and an interview with the artist by Tony Curtis. These contextualize and examine Salisbury’s alternative takes on the traditional genres of landscape, still life and (self) portraiture and his extensive use of appropriation. A wide selection of the artist’s images dating from 1965 to 2014 is included in this book which accompanies his 2015-16 touring retrospective exhibition.
Philip Gross and Valerie Coffin Price
Seren Books 2015, 90 pages, price £12.99
This publication, from Seren Books, is the fruit of collaboration between T.S. Eliot prize-winning poet Philip Gross and the visual artist Valerie Coffin Price. Philip Gross is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of South Wales and he once lived on the banks of the River Taff in Wales. His journals are the source for the powerful poems. Valerie Price revisited the walking route along the river and evolved the beautiful prints and drawings that accompany the poems. Her images and some of the writings of Philip Gross are featured in the related exhibition ‘The River Next Door’ at Oriel y Bont, University of South Wales, which is where their book was launched on 18 March 2015.
There are two publications on the 56 Group Wales which add to the story of the development of art in modern and contemporary Wales:
Barrie Maskell and Ceri Thomas, TWELVE/56: 12 artists in 1956 Wales and beyond
(Pontypridd: University of Glamorgan 2012) 186 pages, price £15
David Moore, A Taste of the Avant-garde: 56 Group Wales, 56 Years
(Brecon: Crooked Window 2012) 96 pages, price £16
Ceri Thomas, In Our Own Image? South Wales 1910 – 2013
(Treforest, Pontypridd: University of South Wales 2014) 68 pages, price £7.50
This publication marks the centenary of the University of Glamorgan and its rebirth, following the merger with the University of Wales Newport, as the University of South Wales. It draws primarily upon the university’s art collection to examine and celebrate the identity of south Wales via the imaging of: society; place; memory and imagination. The painters range from Joan Baker to Ernest Zobole, the photographers from Ray Klimek to Levi Ladd, and those working in three dimensions from David Garner to Robert Thomas. This survey also references works by Brendan Burns, Paul Cabuts, Tiffany Oben and others who lecture at the new university.
How to order: Books are available from USW Print and Design.