“What I see is nothing – I want what it hides – that is not nothing.”
― Jean Rhys, Wide Sargasso Sea
Thousands of people eagerly await Stephen Ellcock’s next image posted to his Facebook page. He regular uploads a cornucopia of curated, provocative, slyly subversive and skilfully sequenced albums of themed images. It’s joyful. It’s an education – an online museum of images, visual delights, oddities and wonders drawn from every conceivable culture, era and corner of the globe.
Full disclosure: I love Stephen’s work so much I’ve partnered with him to try some of the wonderful gems he discovers and rediscovers on your walls. You can pick up some beauty for your place or the home of someone you love here. But first, a luscious book from a man who deserves to succeed…
Stephen has now finally published his first bona fide book, gathering several hundred of the finest images he could find into a single volume inspired by both the natural world and human endeavour. Its title, ALL GOOD THINGS, comes from the first ever encyclopedia created in England – Omne Bonum (All Good Things) by the 14th century clerk James le Palmer.
Stephen’s book evokes the medieval tradition of exquisite, illuminated manuscripts – beginning with the act of Creation and travelling through the realms of sky, sea, earth, science and humanity before ending amongst the angels, demons, visions of Paradise and glimpses of a better world that have so preoccupied artists over the centuries.
Each chapter is prefaced by a reworked and rewoven fable, parable or myth from twelve different cultural, philosophical and religious traditions. The text is interspersed with carefully selected quotes from an international cast of poets, philosophers, scientists, visionaries, artists and cranks.
All Good Things by Stephen Ellcock , published by September Publishing , Hardback ˑ £20 , $24.95 Available now from all good bookshops and online retailers. Buy it here.
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