Tuesday, May 31, 2011

John Devlin, a member of the SSNS, is publishing a book entitled Nova Cantabrigiensis.

From the book's website:

Nova Cantabrigiensis is a utopian island in the middle of the Minas Basin, Nova Scotia.

It is the invention of visionary outsider artist John Devlin [pictured], and was designed to recreate the atmosphere and architecture of Cambridge, England, which John considers to be the perfect city.

John came to study in Cambridge in 1979, and fell in love with its unique ambience. When mental illness forced him to return home to Canada after just one year, he became obsessed with discovering the secret to 'the Cambridge essence'.

Over ten years, John created over 360 beautiful and unique illustrations, dream-like sketches of re-imagined and reconfigured Cambridge buildings, drawn again and again in the pursuit of perfection.

The book Nova Cantabrigiensis will present a selection of John's illustrations, his writings about the island and his mathematical theories about the architecture. It will be published in the summer of 2011.


Nova Cantabrigiensis is now available for pre-order! Please click here to pre-order the book, to get a signed, limited edition copy, and to see a video about the book.


John was interviewed on CBC Radio One on June 10th, 2010. To listen to the recording, please click here.

Read the BBC's piece on John's 2010 exhibition by clicking here.
Also see:

John Devlin's website

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