Art for War and Peace tells the story of the Sampson-Matthews prints, with full-colour reproductions of 112 silkscreens and contributions from several art writers, including Douglas Coupland. 240 pages.
The definitive text about the history of Sampson-Matthews, “Art for War and Peace” by Ian Sigvaldason and Scott Steedman provides a thorough, historically researched and wonderfully illustrated investigation into the largest public art project in Canadian history. Launched at the start of the Second World War, The Sampson-Matthews print program lasted 22 years and cost tens of millions of dollars. The exquisite, oversize silkscreens were based on designs by a who’s who of Canada’s greatest artists, including David Milne, Emily Carr, Lawren Harris, A.Y. Jackson, Tom Thomson, and J.W. Morrice. This book provides the full story about how this incredible project came to be and reproduces all of the silkscreen prints included the collection alongside thoughtful biographies of the artists, producers, and master-printmakers involved. Full colour and 240 pages.