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Igniting Penguins

Igniting Penguins

On Painting Now

By (author) Rachel Lumsden


Publishing 11th Sep 2023
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    • A unique, personal reflection on painting as an artistic expression in the 21st century
    • An entertaining excursion into the art world and to the core of painting itself
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    British-born artist Rachel Lumsden paints primarily large-format figurative paintings that are characterised by intensely atmospheric pictorial spaces. Her imagery coalesces on the canvas through a virtuoso handling of paint, evoking visual narratives which come unexpectedly close and yet cannot be entirely grasped.

    In her book Igniting Penguins: On Painting Now, Lumsden invites the reader on an entertaining excursion into the art world and to the core of painting itself. Along the way we are introduced to some of art’s powerful and quirky gatekeepers, are baffled by art’s gender roles, and we discover what makes figurative painting the sexy form of quantum physics. Lumsden’s essay is both a pamphlet and a brief autobiography. And, above all, it is a blazing declaration of love for painting.

    About the Author

    Rachel Lumsden, born 1968 in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, has been living and working in Switzerland since 2002. She studied visual art at Nottingham Trent University and the Royal Academy Schools in London and taught painting at Lucerne School of Art and Design 2007 –19.

    Scheidegger & Spiess
    Publish date
    11th Sep 2023
    Paperback / softback
    World excluding Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Puerto Rico, United States, Canada, and Japan
    175 mm x 110 mm
    120 Pages
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