SEVEN 7 DAY WALKS (SEVEN WALKS, MARCH 1985, JUNE 1986, FEBRUARY 1988, SEPTEMBER 1988, SEPTEMBER 1990, MARCH 1991, APPRIL 1991) 1993
Hamish Fulton (1946 – )
- 95.5 X 63 CM
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This group of prints relates to walks Fulton made in the Cairngorms Mountains in the north of Scotland, the last true wilderness in the British Isles. The images are taken from the artist’s notes and photographs and draw upon his feelings and experiences of the landscape and wildlife.
The works were published in 1993 by Charles Booth-Clibborn under his imprint The Paragon press and printed by Coriander (London) Ltd in an edition of 35.
Contemporary Art in Print, Scottish National Gallery of Modern and The Paragon Press, 1995, texts by Jeremy Lewison, Duncan Macmillan and Patrick Elliott
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