Dr Amy Hale's long awaited book on British surrealist and occultist Ithell Colquhoun is a gem. it is the first in-depth biographical study, and it situates her art within the magical contexts that shaped her imaginative life and work. She is hugely important both for those who love 20th century art, and those with a passion for the history of magic in Britain. She was deeply trained in esoteric practices, was bisexual and was a truly outstanding painter.
Tate Britain and the National Portrait Gallery both contain her works. She has been relatively unknown because she left London's art and occult scenes to live in solitude in Cornwall.
Dr Amy Hale, acknowledged world expert on this artist, has given the world a great gift. Its full title is Ithell Colquhoun: Genius of the Fern Loved Gully, and it is a work of magnificent historical research, of insightful artistic analysis, and a critical appreciation of her occult practices.
Strange Attractor, 2020. Paperback. 304 pages. New.