New book announced: Tirzah Garwood

Today - on the anniversary of the artist's birthday - we are excited to announce the next book in the Modern Women Artists series:


TIRZAH GARWOOD by Lotte Crawford


This will be the eighth title in this series of concise, introductory books published by Eiderdown Books about brilliant women artists whose work might otherwise be overlooked, overshadowed or forgotten.


Tirzah Garwood, Brick House Kitchen (c.1932), wood-engaving © The Estate of Tirzah Garwood

Eileen Lucy 'Tirzah' Garwood (1908 - 1951) was an English wood-engraver and artist whose creative talent has largely been overshadowed by the achievements of her artist husband, Eric Ravilious.


The third of five children (and nicknamed Tertia which became Tirzah), Garwood studied at the Eastbourne School of Art under Reeves Fawkes, Oliver Senior and - as a wood engraver - the young Eric Ravilious. In her early career she created memorable and technically astute wood-engravings, producing tender renditions of the humble garden insect as well as humorous, satirical scenes of everyday life.


In the interwar years, whilst living in the English village of Great Bardfield with Ravilious and their circle of artist friends, Garwood began experimenting with repeat pattern design (for the Curwen Press, The Golden Cockerel Press and the Kynoch Press) and later marbling, which she sold through enterprises such as Muriel Rose's The Little Gallery.


Her final and perhaps best-known works are her oil paintings. All made after 1944, these extraordinary works are set in English homes, gardens and rural landscapes, imbued with uncanny, sometimes surreal moments, and often include joyful and surprising elements, such as miniature figurines, dolls and children's toys.


Tirzah Garwood, Etna (1944), oil on board © The Estate of Tirzah Garwood

Researching and writing this new book on Tirzah Garwood for Eiderdown Books is Dr Lotte Crawford. An independent art historian and curator, Lotte's specialisms are in pattern, textiles and modernism, and women artists at work during the interwar years. She is Senior Lecturer of Art Theory at the Arts University Bournemouth and recently co-curated the exhibition 'Unbound' at Two Temple Place, London.


TIRZAH GARWOOD by Lotte Crawford is book #8 in the Modern Women Artists series and will be available to pre-order directly from the publisher this summer for £10.99.


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