Roger Cecil: A Secret Artist
by Peter Wakelin
This book presents for the first time the extraordinary power and beauty of Roger Cecil’s work across his whole career.
A full study authoritatively researched and written with over 130 full colour images. The book unravels a remarkable life story and underlines the discovery of an artist of real quality.
Cecil was the genuine article, a pure artist if you like.
The illustrations, over 130 of them, are expertly chosen and placed […] They come as a revelation.
Cecil was indeed a major figure […] the time has come to shine a light on his output.
Roger Cecil: Next I, II (Hardback)
Following the hugely successful ‘A Secret Artist’, a book that traced the life and work of Roger Cecil, a second book has been published. This book comprises of two volumes that are contained in a presentation box. It is a replica of one of Roger Cecil’s creations that he undertook while studying at Central St Martins College of Art and Design.
Unlike Roger’s first book these volumes are concerned only with his work. There is a foreword written by his course director Kevin Hart which is separate but the books themselves contain no text, no page numbers and no explanation, simply life size detailed images of Roger’s work.
The work is chiefly abstract though some studies have a passing reference to figures or objects. They are made using a variety of media and present the viewer with a clear idea of the intensity and dedication of an artist working at the peak of his creative powers. Themes are developed, new ideas are tried and one senses the urgency and, at the same time, the playfulness of the artists mind. It presents like the visual equivalent of a stream of consciousness or a jazz riff, a collection of images, that is fresh, new and exciting.
The project begun when Roger transformed a Next catalogue into a working book for his ideas. He painted all the pages with white paint then made a series of paintings using the double page spread as his canvas. The Next catalogue was chosen because it consisted of two separate books, the men’s and a women’s catalogues; the idea of the two making a couple contained in a box appealed to Roger as a concept.
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