Latest News > Ithell Colquhoun in the news

Following our recent release of Ithell Colquhoun’s ‘Medea’s Charms‘, and the Tate’s acquisition and subsequent display of an archive of her work, various media publications have been charting the art world’s rediscovery of this innovative, sometimes controversial surrealist.

Artsy, an online platform for collecting and discovering art which was listed in Forbes’ Names you Need to Know in 2011, has a detailed new article in which Ithell Colquhoun is labelled an ‘Artist Who Embraced the Occult and Defied the Surrealists’. In the feature, the artist’s background, artistic contribution and struggles for mainstream acceptance are explored thoroughly, providing an insightful and informative commentary. The Artsy piece also quotes Richard Shillitoe, a prominent Colquhoun expert and the editor of our new title ‘Medea’s Charms’, who himself penned an article about Ithell Colquhoun for artcornwall in August.

Shillitoe’s article, entitled ‘Lost and Found: discovering the shorter writings of Ithell Colquhoun’, is a discussion of the challenges and rewards involved in his studies of Ithell Colquhoun. He invites the reader to follow his own journey of Colquhoun-discovery, and explains the difficulties involved in finding or collating much of her original work.

We at Peter Owen hope you enjoy ‘Medea’s Charms’ and the inevitable spot of research which follows as much as we do.

The articles mentioned above can be found here: 

And you can order your copy of Medea’s Charms here:



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