The fifth edition of The Nobile Folios explores Sunflowers 1958/9 by Peter Coker RA (1926-2004).
The folio unearths Coker’s powerful vision of still life painting and sets free the remarkable handling of paint in this unique work. Our perception of the era in which it was painted, the artist, and the painting are deepened by art critic Andrew Lambirth’s introduction and poet Carrie Etter’s meditations on the painting and its resonance on life and death.
The Nobile Folios are monographic explorations of 20th- and 21st-century works of art. They are published by Sylph Editions in association with Piano Nobile – a London gallery that specializes in fine quality International, Modern British and Post-War art.
Each publication explores one work, and one work only, overcoming thereby some of the inherent limitations of reproducing great art in print. The Nobile Folios explore the sections of the work and try to replicate something of the experience of seeing it in the flesh.
The juxtaposed texts that form part of The Nobile Folios are informative associations and can represent words that might come to mind when one gazes at the artwork. The association, obvious or oblique, complements our exploration and enhances our experience of it.