View from the South

View from the South

The Narrative Art of Boyd Saunders

  • Author: Dewey, II, Theron Thomas
  • Publisher: University of South Carolina Press
  • ISBN: 9781611179125
  • eISBN Pdf: 9781643360201
  • eISBN Epub: 9781643360201
  • Place of publication:  South Carolina , United States
  • Year of digital publication: 2019
  • Month: January
  • Language: English

A celebration of the prolific artist's heartfelt devotion to the people and places of the American South

A View from the South: The Narrative Art of Boyd Saunders is the first comprehensive examination of the life and art of one of America's premier printmakers. In this celebration of an enduring and widely acclaimed career as an artist, Thomas Dewey II chronicles Saunders's work not only as a printmaker, but also as a painter, sculptor, illustrator, author, educator, amateur musician, and sometimes horseman. With great care Dewey exposes the common thread that runs through Saunders's visual expressions: his intriguing tales that reveal his heartfelt devotion to the people and places of the American South.

Dewey has captured Saunders's life story through intensive research as well as via a series of interviews with the artist over several years. Details of Saunders's early life on a West Tennessee farm and his family's long attachment to the land document a profound influence on his life, outlook, and art. But Saunders was also moved by literature—namely that of William Faulkner, whom he met while earning a master's of fine art at the University of Mississippi. Saunders credits Faulkner with inspiring much of his work, demonstrated in his Spotted Horses, a limited volume of lithographs illustrating Faulkner's short story of the same name, which was published by the University of South Carolina Press in 1989.

Now a distinguished professor emeritus of the University of South Carolina, Saunders founded its Art Department's printmaking program as well as a southern printmaker's organization called the Southern Graphics Council. In the more than forty years since its founding the organization, now called SGC International, it has grown well beyond its southern borders and now serves twenty-five hundred members worldwide.

A View from the South features more than 120 color images showcasing the themes, ideas, and techniques Saunders has used in his paintings, drawings, prints, sculptures, etchings, lithographs, and woodcuts. His art is exhibited throughout the world and is included in many private and public collections, including the Boston Public Library, the U.S. Wildlife Collection in Washington, D.C., and Shanxi University collection in China.
A foreword is provided by Charles R. Mack, professor emeritus of art history at the University of South Carolina.

  • Cover
  • A View from the South
  • Title
  • Copyright
  • Dedication
  • Contents
  • Foreword
  • Acknowledgments
  • Chapter 1. Fateful Introductions and the Beginnings of This Book Project: A Personal Recollection
  • Chapter 2. Boyd Saunders: Early Life
  • Chapter 3. Saunders’s Early Career: Bosque Territory and The Canyon Wall Suite
  • Chapter 4. Saunders and Faulkner: “The Bear,” The Sound and the Fury, and “Spotted Horses”
  • Chapter 5. Southern Cross/A Trilogy—The Farm, Blackberry Winter, and Late Light
  • Chapter 6. The Return of the Wanderer, Railroad Muses, and September Folly
  • Chapter 7. The Aikenhead Collection
  • Chapter 8. The Shanghai Etchers Workshop, 1995
  • Chapter 9. The Battle of Hanging Rock, South Carolina, 1780
  • Chapter 10. Service to the Field: Background, Birth, and Early Years of What Became Southern Graphics Council International—a Personal History by Boyd Saunders
  • Chapter 11. More Service to the Field: James Fowler Cooper and Alfred Hutty
  • Chapter 12. A Gallery of Saunders’s Drawings
  • Chapter 13. Saunders and Music
  • Chapter 14. Saunders and the Loblolly Society of Columbia, South Carolina
  • Chapter 15. The Storyteller’s Art
  • Afterthoughts
  • Notes
  • Bibliography



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