Later Graphic WorkRURAL BLISS
A new book of photographs that I took from 1981-86. 76 pages of black and white photographs printed in Duo-tone. The book is hard-backed 275 x 218 mm.

It is published by Wixon Editions, Wixon Cottage, Chulmleigh, Devon EX18 7DS, UK

Price: £20.00 plus the following postal charges:

UK postage £5

Europe postage £7.60

Worldwide postage £14

You can also order by post in the UK. Send a cheque for £25 (personal cheque drawn on a UK bank) payable to J.Hurford, Send your cheque to Wixon Editions, Wixon Cottage, Chulmleigh, Devon EX18 7DS. Telephone +44 (0)1769581844, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Later Graphic Work pagesMy Introduction To The Book
All the photos in this book were taken during the first half of the 1980s, and nearly all the people who appear in them were working or living around us deep in the North Devon countryside.  I was working on our family farm at Wixon where I was born, and living with my wife Jane and children Rachel and Aaron nearby at Wixon Cottage.  Other people were farming, fixing cars, doing scrap, doing the local markets.  All of us were involved in trying to scrape a living in this part of Devon which at the time was still a relatively poor rural area.
The photos, like my paintings & other artwork, were created in time-off.  I regret that I never photographed my life when I was a farm labourer, making hay, hand-milking cows, sheep shearing, tractor work, but I was the photographer and I was not supposed to be the subject of the photos.  Also, carrying a camera around when I was supposed to be working would have been frowned upon.
 
For us in the early 1980s, this was a great social time, a time when there was always a stream of people coming to visit us with their kids, and we would visit their houses too.  At weekends even more people would turn up; we'd eat, get drunk and get very stoned.  We always had plenty of food - we killed our own animals, I shot pheasants, partridges, pigeons and we took salmon from the rivers in the Autumn, grew vegetables and had a small plot of dope - we lacked nothing except money.

While we were enjoying life our kids were running wild, making camps with their friends, damming the river or riding their bikes around the woods, then when they got older driving scrap cars and motorbikes around the fields.

When I look at all these photos now I'm still impressed by the unholy mess that we all lived in.  Unswept floors - animals coming in and out of the houses - sheets of plastic nailed over the broken windows (new glass was too expensive) - scruffy kids -  gardens full of scrap.  The cottage was freezing cold in the Winter even though we had plenty of wood. This was before people could afford to insulate their houses.  Kids had to wear their coats inside as well as outside, but even in Winter they spent most of the time outdoors.

With all this interesting backdrop, I never lacked for subject matter.  But as our children grew up my photography began to take on a less important role and I spent most of my spare time painting pictures.  Photography was proving to be an expensive business, there was no end to the equipment you needed to take 'the perfect shot' and print 'the perfect enlargement'.  So in the end I just used my camera to take colour snaps of the family and took them along to Mr Rogers the local chemist in Chulmleigh to print up.

In the mid-1980s, there began to be a great surge of people from big cities like London moving down to the countryside, buying up farms and a few acres, bringing money in and smartening things up - double glazing, cement rendering, gravel paving and manicured lawns appeared all over the place, and there were even new road signs and painted road markings.
Our cottage was beginning to stand out like a sore thumb - the scrap cars lining the road - the untrimmed hedges - the tin sheds housing the animals.  The new people wanted to neaten the place up - put it on the map - increase the value of their homes.  The council received complaints about us and we gradually cleared away the cars.  Country living was no longer cheap living; I got a full time job as a builder - no more of this smallholding subsistence farming stuff.

I still take photographs and but mostly as reference for my paintings.   


Later Graphic WorkLATER GRAPHIC WORK
New book: Later Graphic Work. The recent (last ten years) graphic work of John Hurford, designs for record sleeves, books, CDs and websites all in one volume. 48pages, 24x24cms full colour, hardback, a numbered edition of 200 all numbered on the bookplate.

A foreword by Nigel Cross of Shagrat records. Layout and design help from Jonathan Hill.

Published by Wixon Editions, Wixon Cottage, Chulmleigh, Devon EX18 7DS, UK

Price: £15.00 plus the following postal charges:

UK postage £5

Europe postage £7.60

Worldwide postage £14


You can also order by post in the UK. Send a cheque for £20 (personal cheque drawn on a UK bank) payable to J.Hurford, Send your cheque to Wixon Editions, Wixon Cottage, Chulmleigh, Devon EX18 7DS. Telephone +44 (0)1769581844, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Later Graphic Work pagesMy Introduction To The Book
In the late sixties I produced my own posters. They were in black and white and printed by the cheapest means. I sold them myself, in the street in the Westcountry, at 'Middle Earth' and Roundhouse events. I sold them in halls of residence in universities, to poster companies and to various London poster shops (eg. Indica Books in Southampton Row). I also got my work into various London based magazines, OZ, IT, Gandalf's Garden and Cream. The do-it-yourself attitude of the people that ran these magazines suited me well but when it came to the large record companies it never really happened for me. The only exception was when John Peel started his own company - Dandelion. I'd always got on well with John and he was an enthusiast. He wanted me as the in house artist for Dandelion but the artists had complete control of their record and often didn't like my work. I was very bad at keeping in touch and hard to get hold of - I lived and worked on a farm in Devon, had just got married, started a family and our only means of transport was a tractor. I did some stuff for Dandelion but me and John both had the same vague grasp of business, and I let the chance slip.

But by the mid seventies fashion had changed, people no longer wanted intricate psychedelic artwork. I still loved music and ended up doing posters for local groups and contributing to local magazines.

In 2006 Sunrise Press published a book about my work, the internet had come alive for me, I had a website and I was starting to get work again from people who remembered my work from way back. Muz Murray (the originator of Gandalf's Garden) visited me and I did a cover and label for a CD-rom compilation of the magazine. I did covers for an album and single for Judy Dyble of original Fairport Convention fame. Then Nigel Cross of Shagrat records visited me in my house in Devon on 17th April 2011. He was a music enthusiast with a tiny but wonderful record company. This meeting led to most of the work in this book. Shagrat's moto of "Digging into exotic and the obscure" suits me just fine.


Johnny, The Work of Psychedelic Artist John Hurford

Johnny, The Work of Psychedelic Artist John Hurford. Edited and compiled by Jonathan Hill, this is a new profusely-illustrated hardback reference book featuring for the first time a retrospective of hundreds of examples of John Hurford's paintings, drawings, posters and book illustrations - the sum of his life's work from 1964 to the present day, and a just recognition of a truly great artist.

This book is "not nearly as vile as I thought it might be."- Art Critic BRIAN SEWELL [letter to Sunrise Press 18.8.2006]. Now that's praise!

PAUL CROSS says that John Hurford is "one of the real unsung geniuses of the British psychedelic art scene.".

Book cover

"This brilliant, beautiful, absorbing, large size 192 page book is the very first in depth study of any UK psychedelic artist! For that reason alone, it's a hugely exciting book deserving your full attention - but there's lots more. It's beautifully produced, filled to th

e brim with stunning colour photos, and it's in a limited 1st edition of only 1,000 copies, and each copy contains a signed and numbered original piece of John's artwork. Make no mistake about it, this is an important landmark book . . . . John is psychedelia's best kept secret and well deserves the recognition due to him . . . . If you buy only one book this year, get this one!!!!" NIGEL MANTZEL, Psychedelic Poster Catalogue ('Special List'), October 2006.

PUBLISHED BY Sunrise Press

ISBN-13: 9780951144893 · SIZE: 235mm x 272mm - 192 Pages - Over 550 full colour & b/w illustrations + photos. EDITION: Hardback, limited to 1,000 signed & numbered copies + original artwork taken from ‘Big Picture’ by John Hurford, a huge 10 ft. x 8 ft. painting specially commissioned for this book.

PRICE: £35.00p, plus the following postal charges:

UK postage £7.50

Europe postage £12.50

Worldwide postage £18



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