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The Purple Book: Sensuality and Symbolism in Contemporary Art and Illustration

The Purple Book: Sensuality and Symbolism in Contemporary Art and Illustration

Laurence King Publishing


By Angus Hyland and Angharad Lewis


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The Purple Book is a luxurious compendium of contemporary illustration that explores fantasy, sensuality, and the erotic imagination. It highlights visual art and the written word as media for representing human desire’s relationship with the dream-state, make-believe, and symbolism. The title of the book is inspired by The Yellow Book, the periodical published in the 1890s and initially art directed by Aubrey Beardsley. While the color yellow represented the daringly salacious in the 1890s, today the color purple is synonymous with opulence and sensuality.

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Size: 9 3/4 x 13 1/2 in;
Pages: 224 pages pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: May 2013
ISBN: 9781780671253
ISBN10: 1780671253
Angus Hyland is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and a partner at Pentagram Design London. His work for Laurence King includes (with Roanne Bell) Hand to Eye (2003), The Picture Book (2010) and, with Steven Bateman, Symbol (2011).
Angharad Lewis is an independent writer and editor and former editor of Grafik magazine. She has contributed articles to Eye, Icon, Crafts and Etapes magazines and contributed to, authored and edited books including Public Address System (2006), Street Talk (2006) and for Laurence King Materials Process Print (2007). In 2012 she launched online magazine and design retailer Up Side Up.

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