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- DescriptionBeneath the surface of pictures lie the extensive networks of relationships and associations that tie us to them, sometimes in extraordinary ways. In pictures the past lives, and forms the basis of who we will become. The moments at which we come to understand something of ourselves and our place in the world are often anchored in images literary, musical and visual. Through fifteen pictures Peter Lord describes the evolution of his own sense of self, in childhood just after the Second World War, at art college in the 1960s, through the tension between incomers and local people in Wales in the 1970s and 80s, and finally through his exploration of the place they have had in the lives of the artists who created them, their patrons and publics. Writing about the meaning of pictures in their social and political context, Peter Lord was centrally involved in the establishment of the field in Wales in the 1980s, when the prevailing conventional wisdom regarded the nation as being largely devoid of a visual culture. Currently he holds posts researching and lecturing on visual culture at Swansea University.
- Author BiographyPeter Lord was born in Exeter in 1948, and now lives near Aberystwyth. Initially, he worked as a sculptor, designing several large scale public works, notably the Hywel Dda Memorial at Whitland. However, in 1986 he decided to concentrate on writing about visual culture, and since then has published some twelve studies on various aspects of the subject. These include the three volumes of The Visual Culture of Wales (University of Wales Press, 1998-2003), regarded as the standard work on the subject. In 1999 he wrote and presented a seven-part series about Welsh visual culture, The Big Picture , for BBC Wales, and he continues to interpret the subject on television and radio. He has lectured on Welsh art in Germany and the United States, where he was a visiting scholar at the British Art Center at Yale.
- Author(s)Peter Lord
- PublisherParthian Books
- Date of Publication05/05/2013
- SubjectThe Arts: General & Reference
- Place of PublicationCardigan
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintParthian Books
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight431 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine28 mm
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