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The Paintings of Ben Mclaughlin

by James Hamilton

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A large format, slightly over square volume printed on quality art paper. The plates follow the introduction which traces the artist’s background and development and which provides a good insight into the artist’s character. The introduction is illustrated throughout with photographs including examples form the artist’s note book and from his photographic archive in addition to examples of his paintings. The main section of plates runs from pages 33 to 159, and is followed by a brief biography; there is no bibliography.

The full colour plates are presented one to a page, occasionally a landscape image will occupy a double page spread, and some groups of painting appear together on the same page or spread; occasionally an additional detail of a picture is offered as a full page bleed. The quality is very good, with rich strong colours; the artist’s striking work comes across well.
This is a volume which has a feeling of quality; it might be argued that a few of the images are reproduced rather small on the page, but that aside it is a book well worth having in one’s library. ( )
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Ben McLaughlin (b. 1969) paints cinematic pictures steeped in ambiguous atmosphere and emotion. In this, the first in-depth study of his work, James Hamilton examines the eclectic influences and complex iconography that have shaped these critically acclaimed paintings.… (more)

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