Title FLYING COLOURS: THE TONI ONLEY STORY
Book Condition Near Fine/Very Good
Publisher Harbour 2002
1550172980 / 9781550172980
Seller ID RWARE0000024620
A clean hardcover, no markings throughout, NOT an ex-library book:(inscribe d by author) If you're strolling a beach or ferry deck as sunset casts its glow on Briti sh Columbia's Coast Mountains, there's a good chance someone within earshot will say, "It looks just like a Toni Onley." That's how closely Onley is i dentified with the landscape of Canada's West Coast. Don't be fooled. The serenity of those watercolours reflects only one facet of Onley's work--and very little of his tumultuous life. Flying Colours gi ves you the whole canvas, from a rustic riverbank on the Isle of Man to a p lane wreck on a mountain glacier. With sly humour, disarming candour and an artist's eye for detail, Onley recalls a life of professional triumphs and personal tragedies. For a painter known for landscapes and collages, Onley proves a dab hand at word portraits, from haughty maharajahs and quirky Ma nxmen to the alcoholic--and even homicidal--habitués of an artists' colony in Mexico. None is more colourful than Onley himself. From the cocky schoolboy paintin g an extra petal on a daffodil to the Rolls-Royce rebel facing down Revenue Canada--and winning--Onley's passion for art and zest for life leap from e very page. Art lovers will cherish his lucid, unaffected insights into the creative process, not to mention the lavish illustrations, representing eve ry stage of Onley's career. An Officer of the Order of Canada, Toni Onley was born in 1928 on the Isle of Man, where he received his early training and was influenced by the work of the great British watercolourists. He came to Canada in 1948. Onley's work is featured in galleries around the w.