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Gordon Onslow Ford.

Gordon Onslow Ford

Sepp Hiekisch-Picard, et al.

Lucid Art Foundation

c/o Distributed Art Publishers

155 Sixth Avenue, 2nd floor, New York, NY 10013-1507

9781732667303, $65.00, HC, 348pp,

Synopsis: This substantial volume is the first major resource on the life and work of Gordon Onslow Ford (26 December 1912--9 November 2003), the British-born painter who was the youngest member of Andre Breton's surrealist group in Paris, and who spent more than 50 years in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Marked by an initial interest in automatist techniques, Onslow Ford's painting gradually developed through studies of Eastern philosophy, mysticism and ecology resulting in complex and varied works that incorporated cosmic charts and biomorphic abstraction.

"Gordon Onslow Ford: A Man on a Green Island" is a superbly produced volume that is comprised of a series of thoroughly researched essays, as well as previously unpublished archival material, and more than 200 color illustrations, deftly traces Onslow Ford's time spent in Paris, stints in New York and Mexico, culminating in his move in 1947 to the Bay Area.

Organized and published by the Lucid Art Foundation (cofounded by Onslow Ford in 1998), this is a long-overdue and impressively executed survey that will effectively bring a critically interesting artist up out of an undeserved obscurity.

Critique: Enhanced for academia with the inclusion of an informative Introduction by Fariba Bogzaran, an eight page Chronology, a five page Biography, and an eight page Index, "Gordon Onslow Ford: A Man on a Green Island" is a meticulous and collaborative work of informed and informative scholarship that is unreservedly recommended for personal, professional, community, college, and university library Contemporary Art History collections in general, and Gordon Onslow Ford supplemental studies reading lists in particular.

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Date:Dec 1, 2019
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