A. Howard – This is Kandinsky

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UVic alum and current CSRS Artist-in-Residence Annabel Howard has authored a new book on the life and work of artist Wassily Kandinsky, titled This is Kandinsky. The book is visually stunning and contains 50 color illustrations.  It is a must-read book for anyone interested in abstract art, Kandinsky, or art history.

About the Book

Intellectual, emotional, restless, dogged, loyal, selfish; Kandinsky was an artist – and a man – of contradictions.

This genre-defying painter didn’t pick up a brush until he was thirty years old. He was an academic with a promising career that he threw away to explore the arts. He was a Russian, yet he spent more than half of his life on the road, and died in self-imposed exile in France. As an artist he is credited with history’s first abstract painting, but it was his theories that had a profound and lasting impact on the way that people understand and value what art can achieve.

Richly illustrated with specially commissioned artworks and 20 of Kandinsky’s major works, This is Kandinsky forms the perfect introduction to the life of this revolutionary figure in twentieth-century art.

About the Author

howard-profile-photoAnnabel Howard is a writer from Norfolk, Britain. She has a degree in Art History from Christ Church, Oxford, a Masters in Biographical writing from the University of East Anglia, and a Masters in Fine Arts from the University of Victoria. Her essays and creative non-fiction have been published in The White Review, The Spectator, Glass Magazine, Notes from the Underground, and National Geographic Travel.

She is currently artist-in-residence at the Centre for the Study of Religion and Society at the University of Victoria, where she is working on a collection of essays that meditate on tradition and its role in the modern world.  Her current project is titled, The Scarlet Ox and the Black Madonna.

About the Illustrator

Adam Simpson’s work has been shortlisted for a British Design Award. In 2009 he was included in the Art Directors Club Young Guns awards. Projects include artworks for BAFTA, Conran, and a stamp commemorating the London Olympics.