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Burnett, David.

Foreword by Alex Colville. Toronto, Dundurn Press, 1988. 95pp, paper, ISBN 1-55002-040-4 (cloth) $29.95. 1-55002-042-0 (paper) $19.95. CIP

Grades 11 and up/Ages 16 and up
Reviewed by Roland Pagnier

Volume 17 Number 3
1989 May

Art lovers and students of the visual arts will welcome this handsome book, which has been so well and intelligently put together. Burnett's vast experience recognizes that Jeremy Smith is a master in his field and through this book Burnett gives the reader an opportunity to become better acquainted with Smith's work.

This analysis is well researched, thought provoking and of invaluable benefit to all serious students who wish to extricate themselves from the frustrations of conventional composition. It unveils the enigma and at the same time proves that good art is ageless, Burnett integrates the artist's accomplishments with those of well-known masters, making this book, never pedantic or tedious, unique in view of its historical content.

For the general interest reader, the design and production of this publication are excellent media to appreciate contemporary Canadian art, which, in this case, has a special quality both mystical and meditative. In leafing through the book, one feels the artist's love of life and the beauty of day-to-day events, which are now so easily ignored.

Roland Pagnier, Ottawa School of Art, Ottawa, Ont.
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