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Collins [Published date: 1976]. Hard cover, 95 pp.[From front jacket flap] From time to time an artist appears suddenly, almost spontaneously, from the most unlikely surroundings, and with the most unpromising background. Such a one is Rei Hamon. Consider his story (which he tells personally in this book). It starts in the Gisborne area of New Zealand, with the most elementary kind of education. It continues, with a period in and out of the bush - which covers the Ureweras and other large mountainous areas - during which he received the second stage of his education ~ how to live in, and make a living out of, native forests of such density that people can get lost and die within a few hundred yards of a main road. Later, while working with a roading gang, his back was so badly injured that manual work became impossible. He set up shop in the Coromandel Peninsula, working with his wife to make and sell simple jewellery incorporating semi-precious stones, all found locally and polished. During this time he started drawing, not from the nature that was all around him, but from the seemingly inexhaustible store of mental photographs impressed on his mind while he worked and lived in the bush. The earlier results of his drawing were remarkable - but even more remarkable were the giant strides he made in technique over a few short years. That his work is brilliant, and continues to improve is apparent in this further collection of his work, which includes his latest effort at the time of printing.
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Book Description Collins, 1976. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0002169126