Peter Furlonger: the art of light in lettering

Drawing in space

Tamzin project managed and authored a fine art book about the artist Peter Furlonger. Drawing in Space: The Art of Peter Furlonger is a vibrant survey of an artist’s extraordinarily varied oeuvre. The book is devoted to showcasing a lifetime of multi-disciplinary work with studio glass and stone. It also highlights Peter’s designs for screen-prints and stained glass.

The text, which is based on interviews with the Northumbrian-based artist, explores how Peter developed the practice of calligraphic glass by engraving complex letter-textures to highly sculptural effect. Peter’s meditative and poetic approach to his work has evolved over 25 years and the book considers how he has unified two distinct elements: letterform and abstraction.

Tamzin was subsequently commissioned to write a long-form essay about Peter’s work for the US fine art publication Letter Arts Review Vol.30. As she writes: ‘Despite his secluded existence, the artist is a wonderful companion, the clarity of his conversation as lucid and precise as his glass: witty, exacting and always thought provoking.’

Peter’s work is held by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London and the National Museum of Scotland. He was commissioned by Julia Darling to design and carve the headstone for her resting place in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Drawing in Space: The Art of Peter Furlonger was published in November 2016 by Flambard Press. It is available to order from www.waterstones.com and www.johnnealbooks.com

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© Topher McGrillis