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A series of 113 drawings which served as studies for artist Tony Urquhart's ubiquitous box sculptures -- strange, surreal, almost absurd objects. These preliminary sketches provide a unique window into the mind and process of the artist. Captions for the drawings are provided by Michael Phillips who has approached them as if coming on a batch of drawings without prior knowledge of their intent. He has tried to divine something of the artist's purpose in designing these objects, and to speculate on the end of various projects. Off the Wall -- amusing, irreverent, nonsensical -- is exactly that!
In order to facilitate the construction of his box sculptures Urquhart required working drawings, idea drawings and even drawings of the stands upon which the sculptures would sit. These works were not intended as ends in themselves, but nonetheless they are as complete, interesting and exciting as the artist could render. Urquhart explains that one of his `artistic heros' is Leonardo da Vinci -- whose idea drawings for flying machines, military catapults and siege cannons have never been surpassed.
About the Authors
Michael B. Phillips enjoyed a diplomatic career as Canadian Ambassador to a number of countries. He was also Minister for Public Affairs in London and Consul General in New York. His own artistic life was limited to the execution of wall drawings using indelible crayon. Phillips is retired and lives in Ireland.
Tony Urquhart is recognized as one of Canada's pioneering abstract artists. His work has been featured in important private and public collections around the world. He was professor of Fine Arts at the University of Waterloo for many years and now divides his time between Ireland and Stratford, Ontario.
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- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Porcupine's Quill; 1 edition (July 1, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 0889843023
- ISBN-13: 978-0889843028
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