Walking the ancient landscapes

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Through 140 paintings and drawings Philip Hughes recorded a contemporary interpretation of 11 ancient walks across Britain – including  Scotland – and now his celebrated book has been released in paperback.

Tracks: walking the ancient landscapes of Britian,  showcases the reproduced works by the renowned artist, including a number from Assynt, Rannoch Moor and the Isle of Islay.

Hughes’ work is widely exhibited, and is represented in a number of public collections, including The British Museum and the Library of Congress in America.

Inspired and informed by maps, aerial photographs and electronic survey techniques, Hughes’ clean, spacious artworks, with their arresting blocks of colour, make contemporary some of the most ancient and formidable landmarks of the British Isles.

The book also includes written notes, archaeological scans and contour maps, as well as important heritage sites and vivid extracts from Hughes’ diaries to help evoke mood and atmosphere of the awe-inspiring landscapes.

Complete with an introduction by novelist and poet Kay Syrad, and a short preface to each section by Hughes himself, this beautiful, reflective work will resonate with artists, walkers and anyone who shares a love of ancient sites in the landscape.