HEART AND SOUL
Gary's brand new personally signed and numbered hardback autobiography with a portfolio of all his published prints is now available from the shop. It is limited to 1,000 copies worldwide.
The book is was launched at world renowned Nature in Art
on Good Friday 18th April 2014, opened by Nigel Marven, Wildlife TV
presenter. Gary was present and was also artist in residence
from 18th-21st April. It was a wonderful launch and we'll post some photos soon!
Included in the 272 pages:
- All 129 published prints illustrated in the portfolio section.
- 79 unpublished drawings and sketches included.
- 336 full colour and B/W photographs scattered throughout the book, including ones from his childhood and many from his adventures.
- His intensely personal autobiography told over 20 chapters... find out what really makes him tick
- Foreword by Virginia McKenna OBE
- Introduction by Rula Lenska.
Published by Wild Press the book is 305 x 305mm hardback and costs £80 + £10 p&p worldwide.Gary has spent the last 15 months putting together this beautiful book (cover above), written from his heart and illustrated with his own wonderful drawings and photographs. Even his most loyal fans will be surprised at the depth of his writing and the stories he tells.
It is an intimate and sometimes heart-wrenching story of an artist
who against the odds outsold his peers. Gary's personal account gently
builds a deeper understanding of his life and his art. Through tragedy and joy,
the artistís ability to reach into the soul of his subjects becomes clearer, as
his personal portrait emerges.
Son of a fishmonger, his safe teenage home-life was torn
apart when his dear mother died. Unable to deal with the overwhelming sadness, he
finally found a release for his emotions through drawing wildlife.
Struggling to find his way in the world and coming to terms
with his sexuality he met a wonderful group of lifelong friends. Through them he
found his soul-mate, with whom he has shared the last 36 years.
The book includes 79 older unpublished drawings and sketches (see above).
His art career began slowly, the commercial art world
insisting he used colour. But through self-publishing his extraordinary pencil
drawings developed a huge following not only breaking down barriers but selling
out large editions.
It should have been easier from then onwards, but just as
his career hit its peak, tragedy struck again, driving him back to the sadness
of his teenage loss.
Throughout, Hodges provides anecdotes behind some of his best
loved drawings, warm memories of his time with wild animals, his close ties to
many wildlife charities, personal photographs and profound insights into his Heart & Soul.
Beautifully designed, personally signed, this limited
edition book is a testament to the artist now in his 60th year, celebrating
his drawings, his life and the wildlife he loves with a passion.
The portfolio section includes all his 129 published drawings to
date. The book also includes 336 photographs of his life and his many research trips.