Froth on the Daydream

This publication presents a series of figurative watercolours by David Austen, one of the most consistent and inventive artists in a generation of British painters that came to prominence in the late 1980s.

Froth on the Daydream is a title derived from Boris Vian's 1947 novel, L'Ecume des Jours. By no means illustrations of this surreal tale of l'amour fou, these extraordinary works are none the less informed by the spirit of the book that Austen first read 25 years ago as a student and which he has deeply admired for its lucid strangeness ever since.

The essay by Martin Holman offers a setting for them in the artist's practice, and relates the series to Austen's interest in the tensions that animate modern life.

Eight of the vivid, vulnerable images from the series are reproduced as full-page colour plates, complemented by drawings and photographs from Austen's studio.

Published by the imprint Broken Glass.