Eustace and Makepeace -
Their Final Encounter
Eustace and Makepeace - Their Final Encounter is an Artist’s Book by Nick Malone, and can be seen virtually by expanding the window below.
It is also available in hard copy in a signed limited edition as part of the ‘Artists Support Pledge’, an Instagram initiative set up by Matthew Burrows to help artists through the Covid-19 lockdown. The initiative involves artists offering works for sale for £150 or less, and pledging, on reaching a £1,000 worth of sales, to purchase the work of another artist for £200. Drop us an email if you’d like a copy at firstname.lastname@example.org
Here is a short podcast of Nick Malone reading from the Art Novel The Disappearance of Makepeace - A Tale of Two Lives, from which this Artist’s Book is taken:
Eustace and Makepeace - Their Final Encounter uses images of 6 paintings, each painting 5 feet by 4 feet, prepared to join together for the MK Gallery exhibition in Milton Keynes; these images are combined with the final section of the poetic novel The Disappearance of Makepeace - A Tale of Two Lives, part of which was a prizewinner in the National Poetry Competition, and which was written with the support of an Arts Council England award. The images interact with the text that sets them within a wider context of narrative, adventure and dream.
The book is a mystery thriller tracing the relationship of Eustace and Makepeace, from their first childhood meeting to their final encounter. It is a story of disappearance, ambiguity and change, and is based on events in Nick Malone's life. It is on the adventure of becoming an artist.
Issues of identity and dissolution are explored through inner and outer worlds, a magic workshop at that interchange of observation and dream where new kinds of art can still be developed. One springboard for this was a recent exhibition at Art Bermondsey Project Space in London. Here is a three minute film that the gallery made of Nick Malone talking about the development of his ideas: