an edition of 20 numbered and signed copies of this book
is published including two original watercolours
by Carol Robertson and Trevor Sutton
on Saunders Waterford 425 gms paper, 23 x 16cm
book price £25
edition price for book + watercolours £250
“ This book has been a joy to make …a true collaboration between ourselves and the
Dutch book designer and publisher Peter Foolen. In 2008 we were invited to spend
a month working in Alayrac, a tiny hamlet in the Gaillac region of the Midi Pyrenees.
The studio is housed in a beautiful old building, high in the hills, surrounded by
fields and vineyards. The sun rises on one side of the hill and sets on the other.
Days spent here become a meditation upon nature’s seasonal patterns and the changing
quality of light. Since our initial visit we have returned three times for further
month-long residencies. The book contains artworks, photographs and texts relating
to our time spent there. It is a visual record of how this environment informs our
practice as non-representational artists. ”
Robertson was an MA student at Chelsea School of Art in 1980 when she first met Sutton:
he was a Senior Lecturer in Painting at Chelsea. They married in 1985 and they live
and work in London. Both are abstract artists but each has distinctly different aesthetic
sensibilities. They travel extensively together and have actively sought artist residencies
that take them away from the urban intensity of London to more remote rurallocations.
In 2013 Sutton made a book titled Trevor Sutton - Irish Paintings based on over a
decade of residencies at the Ballinglen Arts Foundation in County Mayo, on the north
west coast of Ireland. It is interesting to compare the response to a wild Atlantic
coastline and its volatile weather with the rolling hills and southern climate of
the Midi Pyrenees. Irish Paintings and French Paintings apply the same concept of
relating location and environment with the formal language of geometric abstraction.
20 sets of watercolours by Carol Robertson and Trevor Sutton