An Artist’s Life in London
David Gentleman has lived in London for almost seventy years, most of it on the same street. This book is a record of a lifetime spent observing, drawing and getting to know the city, bringing together work from across his whole career, from his earliest sketches to watercolours painted just a few months ago.
Here is London as it was, and as it is today: the Thames, Hampstead Heath; the streets, canals, markets and people of his home of Camden Town; and at the heart of it all, his studio and the tools of his work. Accompanied by reflections on the process of drawing and personal thoughts on the ever-changing city, this is a celebration of London, and the joy of noticing, looking and capturing the world.
‘David has spent a lifetime depicting with wit and affection a London he has made his own’ Alan Bennett
‘He delivers a poetry of exultant concentration … The surface fusion of the sensuous and the sharply modern is echoed by Gentleman’s imagery’ Guardian
‘The artist and illustrator has been responsible for some of the most-seen public artworks in this country’ The Times
‘Perhaps the last of the great polymath designer-painters’ Camden New Journal
Publisher: Particular Books
Publication date: 5th March 2020