The Art of Red in Nature. Lisa G. Bagby.

The Art of Red in Nature.

Richmond, VA: 2019. Artist's book, one in a series of 10, with slight variations in each of the 10, all on Shin Toronoko White paper, signed and dated on the titlepage by the author / artist, Lisa Bagby. Page size: 8 x 6 inches; 20pp. Bound: by the artist / author, Lisa Bagby: accordion style (5 of the reverse sheets have images or text), grey cloth over boards as either end, front panel with tan printed label featuring drawing printed in red by Ms. Bagby and the title printed in black, THE ART OF RED IN NATURE, red and white string as tie with red carved plastic button at end, handmade pastepapers of light green and darker, brighter green and red "balls" at front and gold (showing a hint of green) and lavender blue with red "balls" at back. The artist / author has created all the artwork except for one computerized drawing and the postage stamps. Her drawings were reproduced then hand water-colored. The "virility" page was printed with linoleum blocks cut by the artist / author. The images of the cardinals are hand painted and hand collaged. The result is that each of the 10 copies is unique - variations in the brush strokes alert to the viewer to the hand work. The image of the red-eyed tree frog perched precariously on a slanted branch shows him ready to jump off the page. His bulging red eyes are matched by his large, red, webbed feet, and he is a startling sight. The author / artist takes the reader through some of the occurrences of red in nature and details its uses - with humor and sympathy and wonder at nature. The chicken page is charming - as is the page about cochineal. Funghi are not forgotten - the images jump off the page. In all, this is an homage to the beauty and ingenuity of nature. This charming book informs and delights - with a light touch and humor. Item #11448

Price: $750.00

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