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The Drawings of Laurie Lipton (SIGNED FIRST PRINTING)

Lipton, Laurie with Mike McGee

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ISBN 10: 0867197846 / ISBN 13: 9780867197846
Published by Last Gasp of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA, 2013
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** SIGNED COPY ** Brand New, Beautiful and Unread First Edition/1st Printing (Stated), personally hand signed by the absolutely amazing Artist/Author directly to the first free endpage, tastefully, with the typical tool of her talented trade: a graphite pencil, in our presence. The mesmerizing modern marvels of precise and rare devise Laurie Lipton creates are nearly beyond belief, each one of them weaving a web of such hypnotic intricacy that even the most casual observer will be drawn (no pun intended) ineluctably under its spell. A small, exclusive cadre of contemporary hyper-realist pencil artists have managed to achieve results of photographic fidelity which truly can boggle the mind and stagger the senses. By any measure one might care to apply, Lipton's absolute mastery of the graphite-on-paper medium combined with her staunchly surreal sensibility set her works indisputably above the best of the rest of today's precision pencil practitioners. Exceptionally uncommon signed, this large, heavy book may require additional postage for expedited or international delivery. Ships FAST!! and securely (insured, in a well-padded box, and with free domestic tracking) from Southern California. Bookseller Inventory # ABE1232B26

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Title: The Drawings of Laurie Lipton (SIGNED FIRST ...

Publisher: Last Gasp of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Publication Date: 2013

Binding: Hardcover

Illustrator: Laurie Lipton

Book Condition:New

Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket as Issued

Signed: Signed by Illustrator(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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"The Drawings of Laurie Lipton" is a comprehensive survey of Lipton's fantastical, painstakingly detailed, hand-drawn images. Featuring more than 70 works, this is the most conclusive and ambitious publication about the artist to date. A conversation between Lipton and Begovich Gallery Director Mike McGee, offers insights into her personal history, motivations and creative process. Lipton's brief notes about several specific artworks offer further anecdotes and context. Laurie Lipton was born in New York and began drawing at the age of four. She was the first person to graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania with a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing (with honors). She has lived in Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, London and has recently moved back to the USA after 36 years abroad. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the USA. Lipton was inspired by the religious paintings of the Flemish School. She tried to teach herself how to paint in the style of the 16th century Dutch Masters and failed. When traveling around Europe as a student, she began developing her very own peculiar drawing technique building up tone with thousands of fine cross-hatching lines like an egg tempera painting. "It's an insane way to draw", she says, "but the resulting detail and luminosity is worth the amount of effort. My drawings take longer to create than a painting of equal size and detail." "It was all abstract and conceptual art when I attended university. My teachers told me that figurative art went "out" in the Middle Ages and that I should express myself using form and shapes, but splashes on canvas and rocks on the floor bored me. I knew what I wanted: to create something no one had ever seen before, something that was brewing in the back of my brain. What I wanted fell between "isms". It wasn't "surreal", it wasn't "real"... it was lurking between the two. I used to sit for hours in the library copying Durer, Memling, Van Eyck, Goya and Rembrandt. The photographer, Diane Arbus, was another of my inspirations. Her use of black and white hit me at the core of my Being. Black and white is the color of ancient photographs and old TV shows... it is the color of ghosts, longing, time passing, memory, and madness. Black and white ached. I realized that it was perfect for the imagery in my work."

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Laurie Lipton was born in New York and began drawing at the age of four. She was the first person to graduate from Carnegie-Mellon University in Pennsylvania with a Fine Arts Degree in Drawing (with honors). She has lived in Holland, Belgium, Germany, France, London and has recently moved back to the USA after 36 years abroad. Her work has been exhibited extensively throughout Europe and the USA.

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