On a Knife Edge – Alan Cotton

On a Knife Edge – Alan Cotton

On a Knife Edge written by Jenny Pery presents a richly illustrated survey of Alan Cotton’s career, from his early years in the industrial Midlands to his present life, centred on his home and studio in rural Devon. It tells the story of a ‘local boy made good’, a boy whose passion for painting came apparently out of the blue, and whose optimistic buccaneering approach to life enabled him to pursue this passion.  It charts his development as a painter from student experiment to mature style, culminating in the use of rich impasto pigments laid on to canvas with a painting knife. It follows him on his travels in France, Italy, Cyprus, Ireland and Morocco, and explores the painterly challenges that he encountered in each new location. It shows him developing into a gifted teacher, a skilled communicator and an extremely successful artist. The book offers a wide-ranging retrospective overview of Alan Cotton’s work, with telling illustrations of seminal paintings to highlight important moments in his career.

Published by Halsgrove 2003

Alan Cotton – On a Knife Edge – price £27 (Inc. p&p)

Alan will sign copies and add a dedication if requested. This book can be ordered at a special promotional price, directly from the artist by submitting an email through his website:

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