Publisher: Tucson, Arizona: Nazraeli Press, 2004
Edition: 1st Edition
Condition: Near Fine / No dust jacket as issued
Item #: 113637
First edition, first and only printing. Signed and dated in year of publication ("2004") in black ink on the title page by van Dongen. Hardcover. Fine green cloth with title blind-stamped on front cover and spine, with plate tipped in debossed front cover, no dust jacket as issued. Photographs by Ron van Dongen. Introduction and an interview with van Dongen by Jane Jackson. Unpaginated, with 32 black and white plates, beautifully printed on heavy fine art paper by Oceanic Graphic Productions, China. 16-3/4 x 13-1/2 inches. This first edition was limited to 2000 hardbound copies.
Near Fine (slight sunning to spine and top edge of boards).
From the publisher: "Following the success of our previous three oversized monographs by Ron van Dongen, we are delighted to announce this fourth publication of his gorgeous, large-scale botanical still lifes. Superbly printed in duotone, hardbound, and covered in Japanese green cloth, Ops Opis presents a new selection of the artist's utterly seductive images. The focal point of van Dongen's lens ranges from the mouth-wateringly perfect bunch of grapes, to the glorious exuberance of flowers in full bloom and the daintier, more demure floral specimens. He shows us that plants are delicate and resourceful, decorative and essential, and temptingly tactile while commanding respect. But perhaps above all, he presents them as things of great beauty to linger over and enjoy.
Born in Venezuela, Ron van Dongen grew up in Holland, where he studied Health Science and Biology before moving on to study Photography in San Francisco. He now lives in Portland, Oregon, where he grows and nurtures the plants that he so elegantly portrays. Van Dongen's work has been widely exhibited in the United States, Europe and Asia, and is housed in many important collections worldwide."