Kosinski - Journey in Watercolours

 
9780953796205: Kosinski - Journey in Watercolours
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The volume measures 10" x 14" containing 216 pages with 200 watercolours from Jerusalem, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Sinai and Egypt. 
The leather is best quality goatskin with gilt edges to the pages and includes a slipcase. The hardback is covered with a laminated image of the Title Page.  The leather volume is signed and limited to 700 copies while the hardback is limited to 1600 copies. A personal dedication by the artist is available upon request, handwritten with a gold pen. 

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Each page is devoted to one watercolour from a period of time, covering nine years when I was a sojourner based in Jerusalem and used that time to travel throughout Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, Sinai and Egypt. Time spent looking, recording and expressing in watercolours. 

I struggled to decide whether to classify the subjects geographically or in chronological order and in the end, opted for the latter. It gives expression to how colour changes in a painter's palette especially when his formative years were spent as an artist/architect in the subdued climate of England and then immersed in the passionate environment of the Middle East, where Jerusalem is the anvil and the experience is the hammer that shapes the character. You will notice changes in the use of colour and expression, as a result. 

This particular volume is part of a limited edition of 700 leather bound books (using best goatskin), hand-made by the oldest craft bindery in the world at Cambridge University Press, founded by Henry VIII and now defunct. Therefore it is a very special edition to add to your list of collectibles. 

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"George Kosinski's Journey in Watercolours is a painter's pilgrimage through the Middle East that captures the timeless Holy Land in exquisite portraits filled with memory and majesty, light and luminosity, history and a hint of heaven. Kosinski's colours and characters change along the way, but always the subjects stay the same, religious landmarks or landscapes marked by devotion and divinity. Like a desert hermit in one of his Wadi Kelt gorges, or the Ethiopian monks unlearning worldliness in Jerusalem, Kosinski takes us on his own odyssey of self-discovery and reflection to examine age-old wonders of this world for signs of the next.
 
Kosinski's work first caught my eye in his magnificent portraits of Jerusalem, which evoke the ancient stones, the sun-bleached walls and the biblical backdrops in all their beauty and brilliance. But it did something further, quite often leaving half the paper for rendering the breathtaking sky above the walled Old City. What is Jerusalem if not this haunting and heavenly expanse above, which Kosinski calls forth again and again? He returns, like Monet to his cathedrals, to paint this eternal vista in all its otherworldly versions of colour and cloud, dawn and dusk, shade and season. It is this vision that seems to have so stirred the painter's soul, and
that so ennobles his work ...
 
.... he unveils panoramas of Jerusalem with vision and heart that always invite us to ascend to the city on the hill, stark and beautiful, against a fathomless sky."
 
Storer Rowley, former Middle East Bureau Chief, Chicago Tribune. 1999

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