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French Paintings

A book published by Peter Foolen Editions in 2014

17. 6 x 24.6cm 96 pages

hardbound, linen cover with foil block printing

printed by Lecturis, The Netherlands

edition of 500 copies

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 rural locations. 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

Alayrac, France June 2014

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