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Jane Ace

Jane Ace - Editor

London

London-based freelance writer and editor with over fifteen years’ experience in publishing, arts and heritage.

Overview

London-based freelance writer and editor with over fifteen years’ experience in publishing, arts and heritage. I began my career in museums and galleries and have since worked on a wide range of titles and subjects: architecture, art, cultural studies, design, food, fashion, photography, travel and children’s books.

Services
Languages
English (UK)
Fiction
Children's Picture Books
Non-Fiction
Antiques & Collectibles Arts & Architecture & Photography Cooking & Food Wine & Spirits Entertainment Health & wellbeing History Home & Garden Travel

Work experience

Managing Editor

Phaidon Press

January, 2008 – September, 2014 (over 6 years)

Overseeing a large team of in-house staff and freelancers to produce high-quality publications for an international market (approximately sixty titles a year, as well as stationery, apps, ebooks and web-based projects) covering all areas of the visual arts, general non-fiction, history, children’s books, cookery and travel.

Senior Editor

Phaidon Press

January, 2005 – January, 2008 (about 3 years)

Key titles included: Paula Rego: Behind the Scenes (2008); Ingres (2008); Raphael (2007); Titian (2007); The Arts and Crafts Movement (2006); Aftermath: The World Trade Center Archive (2006); The Art Book for Children (2005); and Ukiyo-e (2005).

Project Editor

National Gallery Company

November, 2001 – December, 2004 (about 3 years)

Key titles included: Raphael: From Urbino to Rome (2004); National Gallery Companion Guide (2004); El Greco (2003); and Madame de Pompadour: Images of a Mistress (2002).

Project Editor

National Maritime Museum

January, 1999 – November, 2001 (almost 3 years)

Projects included: ‘John Harrison and his Timekeepers’ (Video, 2001); South: The Race to the Pole (2000) and The Story of Time (1999).

Portfolio (28 selected works)

Raphael: From Urbino to Rome (National Gallery London)

Hugo Chapman, Tom Henry, Carol Plazzotta

New in paperback This essential book on Raphael traces the evolution of his career from its origins in central Italy to the prestigious patronage of Pope Julius II in Rome. “Richly illustrated. . . . Strikes a judicious balance between technical expertise—history, attribution, scholarship—and a wider public’s interest in how pictures are made, how highly organized workshops such as Raphael’s w... read more

New in paperback This essential book on Raphael traces the evolution of his career from its origins in central Italy to the prestigious patronage of Pope Julius II in Rome. “Richly illustrated. . . . Strikes a judicious balance between technical expertise—history, attribution, scholarship—and a wider public’s interest in how pictures are made, how highly organized workshops such as Raphael’s w... read more

Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive

Joel Meyerowitz

After the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York on September 11th 2001, the world-renowned photographer Joel Meyerowitz felt compelled to visit the site. In his own words, he was 'overcome by a deep impulse to help, to save, to soothe, but, being far away, there was nothing I could do. On his return, Meyerowitz soon made his way to the scene where, upon raising his camera, he was r... read more

After the destruction of the World Trade Center in New York on September 11th 2001, the world-renowned photographer Joel Meyerowitz felt compelled to visit the site. In his own words, he was 'overcome by a deep impulse to help, to save, to soothe, but, being far away, there was nothing I could do. On his return, Meyerowitz soon made his way to the scene where, upon raising his camera, he was r... read more

Paula Rego (Contemporary Artists (Phaidon))

John McEwen

This highly acclaimed book on the leading contemporary artist Paula Rego (b.1935) was first published in 1992, but since then Rego has produced an impressive range of new work. Bringing together a wealth of paintings, drawings and prints, alongside revealing documentary illustrations, a second edition of this book was published in 1997 and included three new chapters and a revised chronology, ... read more

This highly acclaimed book on the leading contemporary artist Paula Rego (b.1935) was first published in 1992, but since then Rego has produced an impressive range of new work. Bringing together a wealth of paintings, drawings and prints, alongside revealing documentary illustrations, a second edition of this book was published in 1997 and included three new chapters and a revised chronology, ... read more

Art as Therapy

Alain de Botton, John Armstrong

What is art’s purpose? In this engaging, lively, and controversial new book, bestselling philosopher Alain de Botton and art historian John Armstrong propose a new way of looking at familiar masterpieces, suggesting that they can be useful, relevant, and – above all else – therapeutic for their viewers. De Botton argues that certain great works offer clues on managing the tensions and confusio... read more

What is art’s purpose? In this engaging, lively, and controversial new book, bestselling philosopher Alain de Botton and art historian John Armstrong propose a new way of looking at familiar masterpieces, suggesting that they can be useful, relevant, and – above all else – therapeutic for their viewers. De Botton argues that certain great works offer clues on managing the tensions and confusio... read more

Madame De Pompadour: Images of a Mistress

Colin;National Gallery Great Britain Jones

Book by Jones, Colin; National Gallery Great Britain

Book by Jones, Colin; National Gallery Great Britain

The Art Book ( Huge Illustrated Covering 500 Artists )

Phaidon

This book explores the choices and attitudes of thirty different artists. It helps stimulate children's own creativity and imagination by asking them to wonder why artists create things in the way that they do. It explores the various ideas, meanings, roles and functions of art by looking at painting, sculpture, photography and prints and helps develop children's understanding of colour, form,... read more

This book explores the choices and attitudes of thirty different artists. It helps stimulate children's own creativity and imagination by asking them to wonder why artists create things in the way that they do. It explores the various ideas, meanings, roles and functions of art by looking at painting, sculpture, photography and prints and helps develop children's understanding of colour, form,... read more

Otto: The Autobiography of a Teddy Bear

Tomi Ungerer

This is an autobiographical tale of a teddy bear named Otto. Otto is a German-born teddy bear. His first memories are of being stitched together and being given to David, a Jewish boy living in Germany before WWII. David and his best-friend Oskar always play with Otto, using him for pranks, games and even teaching him to type on a typewriter. Life is a lot of fun for the Otto. However, one day... read more

This is an autobiographical tale of a teddy bear named Otto. Otto is a German-born teddy bear. His first memories are of being stitched together and being given to David, a Jewish boy living in Germany before WWII. David and his best-friend Oskar always play with Otto, using him for pranks, games and even teaching him to type on a typewriter. Life is a lot of fun for the Otto. However, one day... read more

Raphael

Bette Talvacchia

This monograph explores the life and work of one of the most important artists in the history of the West, Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio, 1483-1520). Its scope covers Raphael's origins, his early influences, his important Urbino period and subsequently the extraordinary series of frescoes and portraits of his last phase in Rome. Over two hundred of Raphael's finest paintings and drawings are illus... read more

This monograph explores the life and work of one of the most important artists in the history of the West, Raphael (Raffaello Sanzio, 1483-1520). Its scope covers Raphael's origins, his early influences, his important Urbino period and subsequently the extraordinary series of frescoes and portraits of his last phase in Rome. Over two hundred of Raphael's finest paintings and drawings are illus... read more

Ingres

Andrew Shelton

This new monograph explores the career of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867), one of the most important artists of the nineteenth-century Neoclassical period. The lifetime of the painter spans one of the most tumultuous periods in the history of the artist's native France. Born less than nine years before the storming of the Bastille, the painter would eventually bear witness to three r... read more

This new monograph explores the career of Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres (1780-1867), one of the most important artists of the nineteenth-century Neoclassical period. The lifetime of the painter spans one of the most tumultuous periods in the history of the artist's native France. Born less than nine years before the storming of the Bastille, the painter would eventually bear witness to three r... read more

The Arts & Crafts Movement

Rosalind P. Blakesley

Dating from the 1850s to the First World War, the Arts and Crafts Movement was an international phenomenon of enormous scope and influence. It encompassed everything from architecture to town planning, metalwork and embroidery, in places as diverse as California and Budapest. Born of thinkers and practitioners in Victorian England its ideological currents reflect the era's most pressing social... read more

Dating from the 1850s to the First World War, the Arts and Crafts Movement was an international phenomenon of enormous scope and influence. It encompassed everything from architecture to town planning, metalwork and embroidery, in places as diverse as California and Budapest. Born of thinkers and practitioners in Victorian England its ideological currents reflect the era's most pressing social... read more

Titian

Peter Humfrey

Peter Humfrey's engaging monograph offers an informative overview to the life and works of Titian, one of the most successful Italian painters of the sixteenth century. Renowned for his extraordinary use of colour, among other skills, Titian was not only in demand as a portrait and landscape painter but was also commissioned to paint a wide variety of religious and mythological subjects, worki... read more

Peter Humfrey's engaging monograph offers an informative overview to the life and works of Titian, one of the most successful Italian painters of the sixteenth century. Renowned for his extraordinary use of colour, among other skills, Titian was not only in demand as a portrait and landscape painter but was also commissioned to paint a wide variety of religious and mythological subjects, worki... read more

The Art Book For Children 2

Amanda Renshaw

A perfect introduction to art for children everywhere, the second volume of "The Art Book for Children" brings the clarity and innovation of Phaidon's bestselling "Art Book" to even more young readers. Another 30 artists, from Raphael and Thomas Gainsborough to Winslow Homer and Gerhard Richter, have been selected from the original "Art Book" for their significance in art history as well as th... read more

A perfect introduction to art for children everywhere, the second volume of "The Art Book for Children" brings the clarity and innovation of Phaidon's bestselling "Art Book" to even more young readers. Another 30 artists, from Raphael and Thomas Gainsborough to Winslow Homer and Gerhard Richter, have been selected from the original "Art Book" for their significance in art history as well as th... read more

The Art Book: New Edition

Editors of Phaidon

The Second Edition of The Art Book is a substantially expanded and updated version of the hugely successful original. Introducing 100 new artists selected from all periods and from across the globe, the new edition includes for the first time leading figures from the fields of photography and performance art. Works and text entries for a selection of artists from the original have also been up... read more

The Second Edition of The Art Book is a substantially expanded and updated version of the hugely successful original. Introducing 100 new artists selected from all periods and from across the globe, the new edition includes for the first time leading figures from the fields of photography and performance art. Works and text entries for a selection of artists from the original have also been up... read more

The Fashion Book: New and Expanded Edition

Editors of Phaidon

The fashion Bible. - VogueSpanning almost 200 years, The Fashion Book: New and Expanded Edition, is a massive A-to-Z encyclopedia of fashion packed with hundreds of profiles designers, photographers, style icons, models, and retailers.This essential guide is now fully up-to-date and of the moment, featuring legends such as Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld alongside designers of today such as Ale... read more

The fashion Bible. - VogueSpanning almost 200 years, The Fashion Book: New and Expanded Edition, is a massive A-to-Z encyclopedia of fashion packed with hundreds of profiles designers, photographers, style icons, models, and retailers.This essential guide is now fully up-to-date and of the moment, featuring legends such as Coco Chanel and Karl Lagerfeld alongside designers of today such as Ale... read more

El Greco (National Gallery London Publications)

Xavier Bray

In the fall of 2003, a highly acclaimed exhibition of works by El Greco (1541--1614) was on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The show's next venue is the National Gallery, London. As this book and the landmark exhibition demonstrate, El Greco is of perennial interest to museum audiences and the general public. He was a fascinating and esteemed artist in his own time, but for nearly four... read more

In the fall of 2003, a highly acclaimed exhibition of works by El Greco (1541--1614) was on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. The show's next venue is the National Gallery, London. As this book and the landmark exhibition demonstrate, El Greco is of perennial interest to museum audiences and the general public. He was a fascinating and esteemed artist in his own time, but for nearly four... read more

Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs: Standard Edition

This collection brings together some of the most beautiful of Steve McCurry's photographs from around the world, including iconic images from Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe.New edition of a previously limited edition work.

This collection brings together some of the most beautiful of Steve McCurry's photographs from around the world, including iconic images from Southeast Asia, Africa and Europe.New edition of a previously limited edition work.

Steve McCurry: Looking East: Portraits by Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry

A sequel to 'South Southeast', this is a selection of Steve McCurry's portraits from South and Southeast Asia. It features a range of photographs with brief captions and a short essay introduces the book.

A sequel to 'South Southeast', this is a selection of Steve McCurry's portraits from South and Southeast Asia. It features a range of photographs with brief captions and a short essay introduces the book.

Ukiyo-E

Gian Carlo Calza

The art of ukiyo-e (the floating world) originated in the city of Edo (1603-1867, now Tokyo), when the political and military power of Japan was in the hands of the shoguns. Comprising six essays, six plate sections and over 600 illustrations this beautiful book provides a perfect introduction to the art of this period. The paintings, scrolls and prints reproduced here demonstrate not only the... read more

The art of ukiyo-e (the floating world) originated in the city of Edo (1603-1867, now Tokyo), when the political and military power of Japan was in the hands of the shoguns. Comprising six essays, six plate sections and over 600 illustrations this beautiful book provides a perfect introduction to the art of this period. The paintings, scrolls and prints reproduced here demonstrate not only the... read more

The Arts & Crafts Movement

Rosalind P. Blakesley

Dating from the 1850s to the First World War, the Arts and Crafts Movement was an international phenomenon of enormous scope and influence. This book explores the common ideas that give cohesion to a movement of otherwise bewildering breadth and stylistic heterogeneity.

Dating from the 1850s to the First World War, the Arts and Crafts Movement was an international phenomenon of enormous scope and influence. This book explores the common ideas that give cohesion to a movement of otherwise bewildering breadth and stylistic heterogeneity.

Bawden, Ravilious and the Artists of Great Bardfield

In 1925, the artists Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious moved to the village of Great Bardfield in the countryside of Essex, England. Over time, other artists came to the village, forming a community of artists and designers that remains active today. In the 1950s, these artists, including Bawden, Ravilious, John Aldridge, Michael Rothenstein, and Marianne Straub, among others, held now-famous “... read more

In 1925, the artists Edward Bawden and Eric Ravilious moved to the village of Great Bardfield in the countryside of Essex, England. Over time, other artists came to the village, forming a community of artists and designers that remains active today. In the 1950s, these artists, including Bawden, Ravilious, John Aldridge, Michael Rothenstein, and Marianne Straub, among others, held now-famous “... read more

Literary Wonderlands: A Journey Through the Greatest Fictional Worlds Ever Created

A glorious, full-illustrated collection that delves deep into the inception, influences, and literary and historical underpinnings of nearly 100 of our most beloved fictional realms. Literary Wonderlands is a thoroughly researched, wonderfully written, and beautifully produced book that spans two thousand years of creative endeavor. From Spenser's The Fairie Queene to Wells's The Time Machine ... read more

A glorious, full-illustrated collection that delves deep into the inception, influences, and literary and historical underpinnings of nearly 100 of our most beloved fictional realms. Literary Wonderlands is a thoroughly researched, wonderfully written, and beautifully produced book that spans two thousand years of creative endeavor. From Spenser's The Fairie Queene to Wells's The Time Machine ... read more

Winslow Homer: An American Vision

Randall C. Griffin

In this exciting new monograph, Professor Griffin provides fresh insight into the life and work of one of America's most-famous and best-loved artists. The author places Homer against a background of American nationalism fuelled by tensions between American self-identity and European sophistication. Finding in Homer's work the aspiration to create specifically American subjects and a specifica... read more

In this exciting new monograph, Professor Griffin provides fresh insight into the life and work of one of America's most-famous and best-loved artists. The author places Homer against a background of American nationalism fuelled by tensions between American self-identity and European sophistication. Finding in Homer's work the aspiration to create specifically American subjects and a specifica... read more

The Pot Book

An A-Z history of ceramic art by one of the world's leading ceramic artists, Edmund de Waal.The history of ceramic art is ingrained in the history of mankind. Clay is one of the very first materials ‘invented’ by man. An essential part of our lives it has been moulded, thrown, glazed, decorated and fired for over 30,000 years in order to preserve and transport food and water. And it was on the... read more

An A-Z history of ceramic art by one of the world's leading ceramic artists, Edmund de Waal.The history of ceramic art is ingrained in the history of mankind. Clay is one of the very first materials ‘invented’ by man. An essential part of our lives it has been moulded, thrown, glazed, decorated and fired for over 30,000 years in order to preserve and transport food and water. And it was on the... read more

Paula Rego: Behind the Scenes

John McEwen

Paula Rego: Behind the Scenes offers the reader a unique opportunity to observe the studio life and working practice of one of the most important figurative artists working today. In 1994 Paula Rego moved to her own studio in Camden, North London. The space and freedom that this move allowed her had a dramatic effect on the way she works, changing her preparations, models, method, and techniqu... read more

Paula Rego: Behind the Scenes offers the reader a unique opportunity to observe the studio life and working practice of one of the most important figurative artists working today. In 1994 Paula Rego moved to her own studio in Camden, North London. The space and freedom that this move allowed her had a dramatic effect on the way she works, changing her preparations, models, method, and techniqu... read more

Steve Mccurry: In the Shadow of Mountains

Steve McCurry, Kerry William Purcell

IN THE SHADOW OF MOUNTAINS is a new collection of sublime portraits, landscapes, and street photography taken by Steve McCurry over the last 27 years. Children and shepherds, warriors and laborers are presented alongside striking views of sandstone cities, mountainous landscapes, and ancient temples. Evocative and timeless, these lyrical images capture the enduring spirit, grandeur, and beauty... read more

IN THE SHADOW OF MOUNTAINS is a new collection of sublime portraits, landscapes, and street photography taken by Steve McCurry over the last 27 years. Children and shepherds, warriors and laborers are presented alongside striking views of sandstone cities, mountainous landscapes, and ancient temples. Evocative and timeless, these lyrical images capture the enduring spirit, grandeur, and beauty... read more

Obsessions: Bicycles

David Perry, John MacLeary

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