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the British neo-Romantic tradition,
from 1880 to the present day.
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WHAT IS NEO-ROMANTICISM ?
Neo-Romantic artists have drawn their inspiration
from artists of the age of Romanticism or earlier.
Characteristic themes in their work include a
mystical approach to the British landscape...
ENTRY: Harper, Clifford
Clifford Harper (b. Chiswick, North London, July 13, 1949) is a British artist and illustrator.
An activist in the London squatting and commune scene during the late 60s onwards,
he became a self-taught artist. Throughout the 70s he was a prolific illustrator
for many radical green and alternative publications such as Undercurrents,
Cienfuegos Press Anarchist Review, and his self-published Class War Comix project.
His distinctive line drawing style was perhaps most typically exemplified by his
utopian 'Visions' series of posters, commissioned for the Undercurrents'
1974 published anthology Radical Technology. These illustrated scenes of
Morris-ian post-revolutionary self-sufficiency in
urban and rural settings.
Heavily influenced by comic books, Eric Gill and the narrative woodcuts of
the Belgian artist Frans Masereel, Harper's style evolved in the 1980s into a
bolder, more expressionist direction, with much of his mid-career artwork resembling
wood or lino cuts, although in fact he still mainly works in pen and ink. His more recent
work has become more gentle and curvacious, and moved to rural themes and away from
the alienation inherent in city life.
In 1987 Harper's Anarchy, A Graphic Guide, which he both wrote and illustrated,
was published by Camden Press. Arguably, this has become a definitive introduction
to the subject, combining a thorough overview of anarchism with his distinctive
graphic work. As well as being one of Britain's leading radical
illustrators, Harper remains a committed and engaged anarchist
activist in the Morris tradition, by continuing his involvement with the organisation of the
UK's annual Anarchist Bookfair, and small press publishing projects.
A book of Harper's collected illustrations for The Guardian's regular "Country Diary"
column was published by Agraphia Press in 2003.
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