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Irene Hardwicke Olivieri: Closer to Wildness

$45.00 $22.50 Sale

Irene Hardwicke Olivieri’s enchanting, idiosyncratic, and curiously complex artworks explore the subterranean aspects of life—love and relationships, secrets and obsessions—all the while opening a window to what she calls the “mysterious workshop of nature.” In Irene Hardwicke Olivieri: Closer to Wildness, we witness an artist infinitely inspired by the natural world. Her intricate paintings are laced with knowledge of the cougars, wood rats, caterpillars, and other animal familiars. These lovingly rendered, often-surreal beings allegorize challenges and discoveries encountered on life’s journey. Neither humans nor animals are simple portraits under Olivieri’s brush; her works explore the wildness within and without. Olivieri’s brief stories offer additional insights into her paintings, drawings, and mosaics. Natural history writings, folk wisdom, and excerpts from family letters open a door into the artist’s unusual world, drawing the reader ever closer to wildness. Carl Little’s introductory essay highlights the artist’s background and delves into her processes, motivations, and revelations.
Hardcover Smyth-sewn book, with jacket
152 pages with 144 full-color illustrations

Stories and commentary by Irene Hardwicke Olivieri

• High-quality, premium stock matte art paper
• Exceptional color reproduction
• Printed with soy-based inks
• Sewn binding ensures long-lasting enjoyment

Size: 9.75 x 9 in.

ISBN 9780764967016

Customer Reviews

Based on 4 reviews
James G.
Well Played!

Incredible imagination and creativity in documenting the close bond between humanity and nature

Thanks so much! We're so glad you are enjoying this book. :)

marni s.
Woman and nature with a female gaze

I bought this for a friend but devoured it first (and I think I need my own copy). The friend (also an artist) loves it. Olivier upsets the woman equals nature half of the nature/culture conflict by placing woman as animal (in the biological sense) into nature free of the male gaze, fabulous

Thanks for the thoughtful review, we're so glad you enjoyed the 'sneak peek'! :)

suzanne t.
I only had a chance

I only had a chance to glance at the book because I gave it to an artist friend for Christmas. She said "I absolutely love my new art book", "I find her art compelling".

We're so glad your friend loves it- What a great feeling! :)

Susanne D.
Stunningly Beautiful and Creative

Upon receiving this book, I was captivated and sat for over an hour admiring the images and text. I feel very fortunate to have purchased this on sale but would happily have paid full price for it.

Thanks so much for sharing! It's wonderful to hear how taken you are with this book.