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The Beagle Press 1994 Water marks to rear of jacket (only visable from the inside). Some foxing to minor title page. 176 pages with colour and b/w illustrations. Inscribed and signed by Frank Hodgkinson on the minor title page.
Kakadu and the Arnhem Landers
From 1971, Frank’s work reflects his return to Australian landscapes, where he journeyed to remote areas such as the Coorong, Flinders Ranges, Lake Eyre and the Kimberleys, with Arnhem Land becoming an annual trip from 1987 to 1989. During this period he completed and published a number of illustrated diaries from these trips, including “Kakadu and the Arnhem Landers”, which reflects his admiration of Aboriginal life, art and culture, “Sepik Diary” and “Paris Sketchbook”. (from earlier travels).
Sepik Diary is a sensitive and powerful record of a celebrated artist's 500 mile journey by dug-out canoe along the world's most artistic waterway, and one of its last frontiers... the Sepik River of Papua New Guinea, which is acknowledged as one of the great centres of primitive art.
Sepik Diary speaks for itself as the work of an artist of rare ability, perception and integrity, at home in, and fascinated to the point of obsession by, landscapes, situations and people far removed from the inspirational norms of most Western contemporary artists. To this he has responded with a visual artistic and literary statement of unique sympathy and excellence.
Paris is seen through the eyes of artist Fabrice Moireau, with sketches in watercolor and pencil perfectly matched by an introduction by Mary A. Kelly. These residents of the world's most romantic capital city are the perfect guides to its streets, monuments, gardens and delightfully hidden corners.
"Frank Hodgkinson was not only a prodigous artist of great distinction, but, rather exceptionally, was also a prolific, talented and profound writer ... Throughout his multi-faceted, industrious and very complete life he filled his many sketch-books not only with sketches and washes which he would later develop into major paintings, but also with notes, jottings and lengthier discourses on life in general, his impressions of anything and everything that he saw ... " -- Foreword