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Carole Gibbons
Texts by Andrew Cranston and Lucy Stein
“The best painting shuts me up. I mean painting like Henri Matisse, or Pierre Bonnard, or Edvard Munch, or Paula Modersohn-Becker. Or Carole Gibbons."
– Andrew Cranston
5b is honoured to publish the first monograph on the work of painter Carole Gibbons (b. 1935), one of the most distinctive and imaginative artists to have come out of Glasgow in the latter half of the 20th century. Her paintings burst with colour, hinting at narratives of both darkness and light. Rich in symbolism and narrative, the works fuse art-historical and mythological motifs with Gibbons' own lived experience, offering insights into a passionate and deeply-felt inner life.
Despite being one of the first women to exhibit in Glasgow's Third Eye Centre (now the CCA), Gibbons' oeuvre remains largely unknown. Heralded in her early career by peers Alasdair Gray, Douglas Abercrombie, and Alan Fletcher, Gibbons' life and work were subsequently plagued by misfortune, tragedy, and prejudice. Aside from an influential period in Spain, Gibbons has spent most of her life working in her Finnieston home where she raised her son, Henry. It is the scene of her most potent works: still lifes charged with the influence of Braque and Kirkeby, rendered in layers of murky earth tones, iridescent pigment, and astonishing washes of radiant colour.
Long overdue, the publication provides an eclectic survey of Gibbons' work, spanning various periods and subjects (mythological abstraction, self-portraits, the unconscious, domestic interiors) from large-scale canvases to works on paper, and includes texts by contemporary artists Lucy Stein and Andrew Cranston, which highlight the relevance of her legacy today.
• Debossed cloth hardcover
• 220 x 245 mm
• 160 pages
• 978-1-7394251-0-4
• £40 / £50 signed
Carole Gibbons monograph cover
Carole Gibbons monograph endpaper
Carole Gibbons monograph title spread with handwritten title
Carole Gibbons monograph spread with Andrew Cranston essay and vintage photograph of Carole Gibbons in her home studio
Carole Gibbons monograph spread showing the title 'Paintings' in Gibbons' handwriting
Carole Gibbons monograph spread with a large still life oil painting over both pages
Carole Gibbons monograph spread showing a still life oil painting of fruit on the right page, in vibrant colours with a wooden frame
Carole Gibbons monograph spread showing on the right page a still life oil painting of apples against a night sky with a large planet looming above
Carole Gibbons monograph spread featuring the large square format oil painting Self-Portrait with Muse, a colourful rendering of Gibbons holding her cat Orangie
Carole Gibbons monograph showing an oil painting of a bottle, vase, and fruit painted in a mostly blue and red palette
Carole Gibbons monograph spread with a predominantly red still life oil painting in a wooden artists' frame
Carole Gibbons monograph spread showing an oil painting of a nude male life model, housed in a chunky wooden frame
Carole Gibbons monograph spread showing an oil painting with a chair in the foreground
Carole Gibbons monograph spread with the painting Godess on the right page, an orange and red-toned close-up of a female visage
Carole Gibbons monograph spread showing the title 'Works on Paper' in Gibbons' handwriting
Carole Gibbons monograph spread showing one work on paper, Pat and the New Calf
Carole Gibbons monograph spread with two works on paper over the pages
Carole Gibbons monograph spread with two works on paper over the pages, a self-portrait of Gibbons on the left
Carole Gibbons monograph spread with a drawing on the right, depicting a domestic scene featuring her young son Henry and a cat
Carole Gibbons monograph spread with a painted work on paper on the right page
Carole Gibbons monograph spread with two works on paper over the pages, a portrait of her young son Henry on the right
Carole Gibbons monograph spread with part of Lucy Stein's essay showing, as well as a vintage photograph of Carole Gibbons in her studio
Carole Gibbons monograph spread with part of Lucy Stein's essay showing, with a drawing of her son Henry and painting of a tree
Carole Gibbons monograph spread with part of Lucy Stein's essay showing, as well as a photograph of Gibbons' studio and drawing by Alasdair Gray
Carole Gibbons monograph detail photograph showing an image of Gibbons' studio
Carole Gibbons monograph detail photograph showing a drawing of her son Henry reading
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