Some of New Zealand's most eminent artists have also featured in some of our most significant books, and it's an impressive roll call indeed: Len Lye, Dick Frizzell, Gordon Walters, Hotere, Para Matchitt, Colin McCahon, John Drawbridge, E Mervyn Taylor, Don Peebles and more. Hamish Thompson's introductory essay to this comprehensive and handsomely designed book gives an overview of the history of book design in 20th century NZ and details the changing styles of cover art. The body of the book focusses on the work of individual artists, with a two-page spread per artist, plus biographical notes and full colour illustrations. A full index and bibliography included. Sitting at the intersection of art and graphic design, this book slots right into our highly design-aware era and will appeal to the general public as well as to design students, publishers, historians and art lovers.
The author of Paste Up, Hamish Thompson is a Wellington graphic design lecturer and practitioner who has done wide research into our graphic design history.