Joseph Pike : The Happy Catholic Artist Hardback
by James Downs
First biography of the remarkable and hugely admiredartist, Joseph Pike. Author aided by artist's family including his grandson,Hugh Salmon, (founder of www.Lovereading.co.uk), giving access to personaldetails and illustrations. The firstof its kind, Joseph Pike: The Happy Catholic Artist is a detailedbiography of the popular artist of the same name.
A master of the art of pencildrawing, Pike produced evocative sketches and illustrations that werecommissioned by authors, architects and publishers, reproduced in books and onpostcards, sold as prints and even exhibited on the walls of the Royal Academy. When he died in 1956, the Catholic Herald referred to him as `a distinguishedartist', though until this biography, little has been written about his lifeand work.
Aided by the artist's family, the book also contains rare personaldetails and illustrations not found elsewhere. JosephPike revealsthe man behind the art, following the artist's life and career through thedecades and exploring how both were shaped by historical circumstances - suchas two world wars - and developments in the publishing world and printingtechnology.
The book also explores his devout Catholic side and how hisreligious life and contacts with leading figures in Catholic cultural life suchas Ronald Knox affected his career.
The author is able to write about thissubject with accuracy and vivid insights, drawing on a decade of personalexperience of monastic life. As therenowned journalist Raymond Sawkins (who published many books under the penname Colin Forbes) said, Joseph Pike was `an artist of unusual merit...
Pikehas recorded with outstanding ability the architecture of all periods whichexists in contemporary Britain.' The biography will appeal to readersinterested in art and history, as well as those with an interest in Catholicreligion and culture.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 176 pages
- Publisher: Troubador Publishing
- Publication Date: 28/12/2017
- Category: Biography: arts & entertainment
- ISBN: 9781788037778