This collection of paintings, titled British Pottery, was created for a project Shapton originally published in The New York Times T Magazine for which she created illustrations using old books as reference material. For the February 2015 issue, Shapton rendered photos of British potter Lucie Rie’s ceramics from the 1981 catalog Lucie Rie: a Survey of Her Life and Work. Painted on maple panel using house paint, Shapton employs a self evident process, modeling the hand crafted ceramic forms with visible brushwork against a velvety flat, dusty pink matte ground.
Leanne Shapton (b. 1973, Canada) is an author, artist and publisher based in New York City. She co-founded J&L Books and is a former art director of the New York Times Opinion Section. Her book Swimming Studies (Blue Rider Press 2012) won the 2012 National Book Critics Circle Award for autobiography; her other books include Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2009), and Was She Pretty? (Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2006). Shapton has contributed art and writing to The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, and The Paris Review, among other publications. She was recently named a judge of the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction.
House paint on maple panel
Signed on verso
53.5 × 41.25 inches framed