ELIZABETH COPE – Seduced by the Smell of Paint is a major new monograph from Gandon Editions on the life and work of the highly regarded Irish painter, Elizabeth Cope, known for her brilliant use of colour. Much of her work is domestic in nature, and she has found a loyal audience who are beguiled by her positive, bright and cheerful paintings. But there is a darker side to her work, some of which is distrubing, much of it laced with black humour, but always executed confidently in vibrant colours with a masterly feel for composition. According to Aidan Dunne, she is a ‘perceptive and gifted observer of everyday detail, and the detail turns out to be both more ordinary and stranger than we might imagine’. Elizabeth Cope is an impulsive, fast painter who likes to innovate and capture the immediacy of something caught on the wing. She was born in Co KIldare in 1952 and lives and works in Co Kilkenny. This sumptuously illustrated volume features essays by Sandra Gibson and Hilary Hope Guise, an interview with the artist by Niall Mac- Monagle, and is accompanied by 230 illustrations of her work, which ranges from portraits and nudes to interiors, still lifes and landscape.