When he died in 1948, aged 33 he left behind a huge body of painting and writing. His character was complex and sensitive, his body frail, and he had earned widespread acclaim for his amazing artistry with the brush and pen. This '...engrossing, careful and incisive book is a testament to Welch's strange attraction'.
The painting and writing of Denton Welch, much admired by such disparate people as Edith Sitwell and William Burroughs, is at once seemingly artless and immensely considered. There is really no one quite like him. Frail and desperately sensitive, Welch died young at the age of 33, leaving behind an intense corpus of work that had earned him widespread admiration both artistically and as a writer. James Methuen-Campbell has delved deep into Welch's short life, balancing analysis of his work with a detailed study of his life, enhanced by countless interviews with those who knew Welch best.