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Vespers is a luminous hardback book showcasing the vast new collection of 559 watercolour poppies by British painter and architectural artist Brian Clarke, featuring a preface by the artist and an introduction by renowned writer and art critic Robert Storr.

Taking its title from the Greek hespera meaning ‘evening’, the book presents a series of evening devotions that the artist started to paint in Seville in 2019, a practice that continued between the artist’s home and his studio in London, in the sombre midst of the unprecedented epidemic the world has come to endure.

This is the latest book published by HENI on the extraordinary works of Brian Clarke, following the nocturnal series Night Orchids (2016) and architectural showcases in The Art of Light (2018) and Spitfires (2020).

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January 2021




310mm x 235mm





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Brian Clarke (b. 1953) was born in Oldham, England. He is an architectural artist and painter, best known for radically updating and innovating the medium of stained glass. Clarke is also widely celebrated for his painting, sculpture, mosaic and tapestry.

Robert Storr is a renowned art critic, curator and artist. He has written widely on art and has interviewed some of the world’s leading artists. Storr’s writing has appeared in countless books and exhibition catalogues as well as in Art in America, Artforum, Parkett and ARTnews. He has curated exhibitions internationally and was the first North American curator of the 52nd Venice Biennale.

Phillips – Art is a Prayer: In Conversation with Brian Clarke on Flowers, Friendship, and Fragility

The Guardian – Artist's paintings of poppies offer a visual diary of the pandemic


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