Halima Cassell 25


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Publication Date: March 2023
ISBN: 978-1-5272-5046-8
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252 pages, 245 x 245 mm, over 900 colour photographs, soft cover; 8-page gatefold

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25 years of carving into materials

Published to mark an extraordinary twenty-five year period of carving into materials, this book documents Halima Cassell’s development as an artist and the biographical journey of her artistic practice.

Cassell is an artist of consummate skill and ingenuity. Her distinctive style integrates bold forms with an infinite variety of deeply carved, complex patterns, where form meets shadow. She draws inspiration from geometry found in nature, her surroundings and from her own heritage, all of which have become the basis of Cassell’s visual vocabulary.

This important publication was made possible with part funding from the Arts Council.  It is a record of the creative output of one of today’s finest sculptors, whose work is held in leading national and international collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Hepworth Wakefield and Birmingham Art Gallery. It is also the biographical journey of an artist’s creative development, from her earliest creative beginnings to her significant, ongoing installation, Virtues of Unity.

  • Essays by art critics, curators and colleagues provide revealing analysis of Cassell’s work and practice
  • Includes a richly illustrated catalogue spanning twenty-five years of work
  • Over 900 colour photographs of Cassell’s work and methods, including maquettes, sketches, work in progress, exhibitions and work in situ
  • Uniquely accessible to a wide range of readers: specialists, collectors, students of art, museum and gallery and the general public
  • Suitable for art institutions, museums and galleries and educational establishments
  • 25 prints, each in a limited edition of 25, are available to purchase to coincide with the publication of the book.

 

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The following venues also have my book for sale:

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery, Museum Street, Blackburn BB1 7AJ
Blackwell, Bowness-on-Windermere, Cumbria, LA23 3JT
Bluecoat Display Centre, The Bluecoat, College Lane Entrance, Liverpool, L1 3BZ
Castlegate House Gallery, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9HA
Contemporary Ceramics, 63 Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3BF
Lemon Street Gallery, 13 Lemon Street, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2LS
Manchester Art Gallery, Mosley Street,, Manchester, M2 3JL
Platform Gallery, Station Road, Clitheroe, Lancashire, BB7 2JT
Saul Hay Gallery, Railway Cottage, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4LZ
The Hepworth Wakefield, Gallery Walk, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF1 5AW
The Soden Collection, 80 Wyle Cop, Shrewsbury, Shropshire, SY1 1UT
V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Watts Gallery - Artists' Village, Down Lane, Compton, Surrey, GU3 1DQ
Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield WF4 4LG
20-21 Visual Arts Centre, Church Square, Scunthorpe DN15 6TA


  • Crammed with excellent photographs this book aims to give a comprehensive account of the work and practice to date of a distinguished sculptor who clearly transcends any distinction between art and craft.
    – Perilla Kinchin, Author

  • Alongside the generous helping of high-quality images the contents also offer several fascinating and well researched in-depth essays that include her early inspirations as a young artist and the salient factors that fuelled the relentless impetus that has since propelled her to the present-day global acclaim and the status she rightly continues to enjoy.
    – Eric Knowles F.R.S.A, Antiques Roadshow

  • Text and images together present a remarkably complete account of Cassell's development, focusing on her thought processes and working methods. The result is a fascinating account of her work in every aspect from the beginning to mid-career. It is also one which can inspire others...
    – Claudia Clare, Potter and Author of 'Subversive Ceramics’

  • The publication is essential reading for anyone looking not only to better understand the artist’s body of work but to comprehend the evolution of her distinctive carving style, mesmerising use of pattern and meticulous approach to materials.
    – Dr Abi Shapiro, Curator at the Hepworth Wakefield

  • 'Halima 25' is a beautifully illustrated catalogue raisonné. Along with the excellent essays it represents her dedication and courage as an artist of unique standing... it stands as a barometer of what is to come.
    – John Foster CBE, FRSA, Trustee and Patron, Yorkshire Sculpture Park