An artist born is the phrase that introduces the painter Joanna Carrington (1931-2003) in this fully illustrated survey of her life. Joanna was the daughter of Noel Carrington, who created Puffin books, and niece of the famous Bloomsbury artist Dora Carrington. At just seventeen years old she was described by Cedric Morris as 'really exceptional' and 'a born painter' . Joanna wrote and illustrated hundreds of letters, which, together with witty caricatures and photographs of the artist, provided her husband, Christopher Mason, with material for this memoir. The chief glory of this beautiful book is in the sixty colour illustrations of Joanna Carrington's still lifes, interiors and landscapes. The book also deals with her alter ego Reginald Pepper, whose na
Christopher Mason studied painting at the Chelsea Art School, and in 1951, won a GBP100 grant which took him to Paris. He survived there, as painter, book jacket designer and English teacher, for ten years, marrying Joanna Carrington in 1966. Returning to England he began a twelve-year career as a film maker - producing and directing films on architecture and painting for The Arts Council of Great Britain. He made films with Yehudi Menuhin, a comedy with Spike Milligan, a feature film shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 1973 and a film portrait of the artist Duncan Grant. More recently, he has written a novel, an opera libretto and much poetry, including the words for two song cycles.