May 1st 2005
320 pages
B-Format Paperback
0 9547913 3 9

Painter Man by Jeff Phelps

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When newlyweds Malcolm and Alice set up together in their terraced home, Malcolm’s passion for his young wife inspires his artwork. And with the arrival of their two children he continues to work out the patterns of his life through art – shaping love into paintings and sculptures. But domestic pressures – and a long-ago accident in a steel works – take their toll, leaving him isolated. Years of estrangement, then an unexpected chance of renewal. Can Malcolm’s creative obsessions now strengthen those fragile links with his son and daughter?

This is a thoughtful and profound novel about the mind of a modern artist and sculptor. It offers insight into creativity and its origins, exploring the drive that leads to the act of creation. But it is also a perceptive and sensitive study of the breakdown of a marriage. With understated clarity, it analyses the artist as outsider, as observer. Ultimately, it is an uplifting story of the reconstruction of a troubled man through love, set against the bleak and sinister beauty of the Black Country. Like his protagonist, Jeff Phelps is an artist. He crafts his words with beguiling simplicity and subtle nuances to build a memorable work of art

Clare Morrall

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