Jock McFadyen

Discover the colourful life and work of one of today’s foremost figurative painters of urban life, Jock McFadyen. Written by the award-winning architecture critic Rowan Moore, this book creates a fascinating portrait of the painter Jock McFadyen RA.  

McFayden is the Coordinator of the Royal Academy's 251st Summer Exhibition, taking over from Grayson Perry RA.

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Dimensions 28 x 24cm
Fabric & material Hardback
No. of Pages 160
No. of Illustrations 130
SKU 12089072

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The architecture critic Rowan Moore creates a fascinating portrait of the painter Jock McFadyen RA, weaving together stories from his life – from burning an effigy of his principal and being thrown out of college to a residency at the National Gallery and election to the Royal Academy in 2012 – with an in-depth analysis of his art. McFadyen’s story begins in 1950s Scotland, moving via squats in Chelsea during the punk era, to the East End of London, now the subject of many of his large-scale landscapes. Moore explores McFadyen’s decision to ‘believe in painting’ in the face of artists who appeared to seek financial reward before all else. This publication celebrates an important contemporary painter, and is generously illustrated with a selection of McFadyen’s works – including Tate Moss, a painting derived from an illicit kayak trip along the canal into London’s future Olympic Park with the writer Iain Sinclair in 2007, and his recent depictions of a gargantuan moon hanging above Edinburgh.