Category Archives: Art & Photography

Bonjour Mr Inshaw

Bonjour Mr Inshaw. Poems by Peter Robinson. Paintings by David Inshaw
Two Rivers Press

Bonjour Mr Inshaw is a homage by the award-winning poet Peter Robinson to David Inshaw, the celebrated painter, whom he first met during the artist’s years as Creative Arts Fellow at Trinity College, Cambridge, in the mid-1970s.

Robinson’s poems combine memories of Inshaw’s paintings, or characteristic landscapes, with experiences of his company and conversation, presented in an en face format.

John Froy: The Art of Peter Hay

The Art of Peter Hay, by John Froy with Martin Andrews
Two Rivers Press

Peter Hay (1951–2003) was a visionary artist whose work has a poetic and mystical quality. A fine draughtsman, watercolorist and inventive printmaker, he was at heart a figurative artist. He had a strong sense of place; the junction of the rivers Thames and Kennet close to his Reading home was a frequent symbolic theme in his work, which moves into abstraction through striking use of black and white and a rich use of colour.

This book brings together, for the first time, the range of this prolific artist’s work.

Ray Atkins: The Reading Years

Exhibition catalogue for Ray Atkins: The Reading Years
Reading Museum, Reading Foundation for Art

Ray Atkins has been painting outside, often on a monumental scale, since the 1960s, and exhibiting nationally, undistracted by calls that painting was dead in the 1970s or that conceptual art was the only way forward. Today his painting is inspiring a new generation of young painters.

He lived in Reading from 1968 to 1974 while the town was changing radically. The Inner Distribution Road swept through the town centre, medieval streets made way for civic buildings and a shopping centre an on the outskirts the M4 was built. Ray observed them all.

‘Ray Atkins uses the outside world as a studio. The landscapes emerge from day to day involvement with an ever changing subject which is finally committed to a specific visual experience. I have admired these extraordinary paintings for many years.’ – Leon Kossoff, 2003