|From the riotous
colour of fairgrounds to ornate scrolling on windswept fishing
boats, from the naked lady tattooed on a motorcyclist's arm to the
pair of china dogs guarding the mantelpiece, popular art is alive
and thriving in Britain. This account of what is a largely
undocumented aspect of our heritage traces many of its themes back
to their roots.
Medieval heraldry and heroes still
appear on pub signs, and the acanthus leaves of ancient architecture
have been transformed into the gilded scrollwork of church banners
and gypsy caravans. Even the political murals of Northern Ireland,
inner city graffiti and mummer plays are linked to the past by a
creative need. The author sets out to provide an informative text
with a touch of humour. He also wrote "Signwritten Art" and "Narrow
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