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Al has at long last written his autobiography. The book is titled
‘I Guess You Had To Be There’.
It is a publication that reflects on his life from his formative years until the present day. It is a story not just about Alan the artist but is also a narrative that takes the reader on a passage through time.

The story begins just after the end of World War Two, and the ending years of travel by steam trains. It then transports the reader through the heady days of the 1960s, 70s, and 80s.As the story continues it documents Al’s travels and adventures, along with the development of his artwork, and his escapades at sea throughout the late period of the last millennium, and then concludes during the early decades of the 21st Century. It ia a tale about life and the willingness to live it. Al has dedicated this book to all of those who against all odds, will
still roll the dice.


The story of Al’s life is now published in hardcopy. It is however also available in digital form and is published on-line. To view an eBook version: click on the Book Cover Icon above.


Or to listen to an Audio Book Version: You will find a link on the 'Homepage' of this site. A Multi-Language Translation is also available from the 'Homepage'. Order a Hardcopy from Amazon

Typical Reader's Reviews For This Book

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A great read, highly recommended
By Michael Alexander Sutton 2016
Format: Paperback. Verified Amazon Purchase
I would thoroughly recommend 'riding the waves' and 'a journey through the years' with Al Cazu. A look into this colourful character's past is also an opportunity to re-visit a time when culture and social conventions were so different. In this very honest auto biography Al lays his soul bare, enabling even the most hardened reader to empathise with a lifetime of both touching and tragic moments. It is clear throughout the book of how his love of art and creativity saved him on more than one occasion and it is this passion which I personally can relate too. In fact, it is in his final 'ships log' and his entry 'making pictures' that moved me the most. The way he talks about art and the 'looking, seeing, feeling, thinking...' not the 'how' but the 'experiencing for yourself' is what I try to convey to the young people I teach in the hope of translating this very message.

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It really is like reading an adventure story

By Raymond Gerlach 2016
Format: Paperback. Verified Amazon Purchase
I had met the author some time ago who was a fascinating character and when I saw this book I thought it maybe an interesting read . Well it certainly was that and more. It really is like reading an adventure story ! My little encounter is very accurately recorded and I read the rest of the book with envy on how one person had so many interesting adventures and experiences. I particularly liked the way the ships log and main story intertwined - very clever. The story really flowed and it was one of those books that I found hard to put down as I always wanted to know what happened next ! It was exciting; funny; at times sad but never boring ! How he got to this stage of life relatively unscathed is a mystery but quite remarkable ! Would make a very interesting film.


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Mind's Eye
Al's book 'Mind's Eye' (This contains more examples of his artwork and writings) is also now published..
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An eBook can be viewed on this site at: 'Mind's Eye'

Mind’s Eye includes some of the words written in Al’s journals. Some of these extracts might be considered to be contemporary poetry. The links below are to Audio Files. These are three examples of Al’s words that are included in this book.

  1. ‘Mind’s Eye’
  2. ‘Freedom’
  3. ‘Pianist Disappeared’

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An eBook can be viewed on this site at: 'Mind's Eye'


Mind's Eye
Now available, published and printed is Al’s children’s book titled ‘Alf’. It is a tale loosely based on a true account. The story of Alf relates to one of Al’s dogs, and some of the adventures that canine friend brought about.
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An eBook along with an audible narrative for this book is published online at: www.cazu.co.uk/alf


There is also a webpage linked to this project that is intended to demonstrate to young would-be storytellers how such creative endeavours are produced. It includes how a storyboard is created, and examples of how a narrative is transformed into a script and screenplay. This is available at: www.cazu.co.uk/alfstory



Moorlands'Moorland Magic' is a collection of drawings and paintings that were created during various visits to Dartmoor and Bodmin Moor.
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An eBook of this book is published online at: www.cazu.co.uk/moorlands


Sketches'Falmouth Sketches' is a collection of drawings and paintings of the port of Falmouth. It includes images of the towns architecture, and some written accounts Falmouth’s history.
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An eBook of this book is published online at: www.cazu.co.uk/falmouth


Coast'Cornwall, Coast to Coast' These drawings and paintings were derived from an exploration of the Cornish Coastline, and are accompanied by a written narrative that describes the journey
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An eBook of this book is published online at:
www.cazu.co.uk/coast

 


With the intention of making Al’s books more available and affordable, Cazu Productions & Publishing are marketing all of the above books through Amazon Publishing:
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Rarely, if ever Seen
Al was somewhat incensed by recent media comments that his artwork had lost the deeper meaning that it once held, so he has released some example images of his work that are normally a private exchange between buyer and artist. This facet of Al’s artwork is often considered to be inappropriate, distasteful, and sometimes shocking.

Love


‘Love At First Flight’
is a picture of two flies sitting on a pile of dog’s shit. This painting was recently purchased by a private collector.

 

The Hobby


‘The Shared Hobby’
is a large oil painting from Al’s ‘The Relationship’ series of images
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Impossible


‘The Impossible Ambition’
depicts the image of a very fat lady attempting to climb a tree in the search of insects that she could eat.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3Rivers

This Book Is Now Published
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To view an eBook version of it now go to:
www.cazu.co.uk/3rivers

Three Rivers & An Ocean is a collection of Al’s pictures that were inspired by the Helford River, The Penryn River, and The Truro River. The book also contains extracts from his written notebooks and journals.

Quote From Book.
'I set up the cabin of my dear sloop the ‘Caledonia’ to double-up as an art studio and began a series of images that would focus upon life on the water. This collection of pictures is not an example of polished and finished artworks; it is a number of pencil and watercolour sketches that derive from impressions of the wonderful rivers, creeks, and marine life that exists here in Cornwall.'

Book review by Frank Jordon (Art Critic)5stars
As yet I have only seen the eBook version of this publication. The pictures I think are some of the best that this artist has created. The words that accompany this collection of Al’s images offer an insight into his thoughts and feelings. Some of the statements that he makes are quite powerful, and elevate the images from not just being ‘Good Art’ to being ‘Important Art’. This work is well worth taking a look at. For those who have already read Al’s life story this follow on is
an absolute must.



 

 

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Work In Progress

An art critic recently suggested that Al’s work had become purely aesthetic and was no longer as shocking or powerful as
it once was. That is proven to be untrue by the three oil paintings that he is currently working on. These pictures are destined to be exhibited in Venice, Italy later this year. One of these as yet unfinished works is shown above. It is titled:
‘By The Light Of A Burning Bridge’. The picture is set in Lucerne, Switzerland, and depicts the ancient Chapel Bridge (Kapellbrücke) that crosses the Reuss River. It is a profound and poignant painting that includes many veneers of meaning and although Al insists that it makes no comment with regard to Picasso, the Picasso Museum is genuinely located on the southern side of the bridge (left side of painting). This picture also includes a rare self portrait of Al himself.



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Rediscovered Early Paintings

Some of Al’s early artwork has recently been rediscovered. These works are some of the only oil-paintings that’s location is presently known that date back this far. The paintings are titled ‘Circus Sunday (version 01)’ and ‘Dance of the Mooncons (full colour)’. Both works were created in 1976. These rare examples of Al’s work now belong to a collector in the USA, and their value is estimated as exceeding a six figure buying price.

 

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Recently Resold

This metal sculpture titled ‘Mr Winds’ is one of the artist’s early works. It was originally sold by a gallery in London for the princely sum of fifteen guineas (£15.75p). The buyer took the sculpture to Madrid (Spain), where it has remained for many years. It has since changed hands several times. Following the recent publication of Al’s book ‘Mind’s Eye’ (that includes a photograph of this art piece) it has again been sold. The selling price had increased by 10,000%. This surly demonstrates that this artist’s work is well worth investing in.  

 

Recorded Lecture

Rcently published on this website is the Audio File of a recording of Al's lecture that he delivered
on the topic of 'IDEAS'
. Listen to this lecture.






Chinese Television

There is soon to be a showing on TV in China of Al’s film ‘It’s All About Energy
This movie Al produced and directed in 2001. It was originally created to be shown on a large wrap-around screen at the GIAI Energy Centre. Since then it has been translated into several different languages, and shown worldwide. The message that underpins this film is that of humankind’s insatiable need for more and more energy, and the use of fossil fuels. It advocates that we do have alternative sources of energy that are sustainable and renewable.   

 


Best Selling Prints 2016-2017

'Morning Joy' (Top Left)
'Thor' (Bottom Left)
These are recently Al’s top selling prints. Below are comments made about this artwork. These compliments have been given from varying artists from around the world.

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Press Releases

Falmouth Packet
Falmouth Sketches Exhibition

West Briton
Making Pictures Exhibition