Published on 01 October 1982 in Book reviews

G o l l a n c z , L o n d o n , 1982. 128 p a g e s ; profusely i l l u s t r a t e d in c o l o u r a n d black-and-white. £9.95. It was with great delight that I approached the act of reviewing this aptly titled book, although it was not many years ago that I looked upon Ennion’s work as simple ‘kids’ stuff. I then rated it well below that of the many artists who painted their birds to a high-gloss finish, showing every feather in meticulous detail. Fine brushwork, yes, but I realised after more field experience that their works lacked a certain something: life! It was then, with little hints from my mentors, that I took a second look at the likes of Ennion: artists who could sketch, and not just sketch the shape of a bird, but include within that shape all the freedom and vitality of the bird in the wild. This Ennion did, and, in his portrayal, be it a quick pencil drawing, a slightlymore elaborate line-wash sketch or a finished painting, he was second to none, showing with the minimum use of materials, but maximum effect, all the postures and many moods that a bird in its natural surroundings can produce. This new book, with a fine introduction and commentary by John Busby, shows to great effect all of Ennion’s skill in putting on paper that

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