David Jones was one of the great British artists of the twentieth century: a painter, printmaker, illustrator, poet and essayist. This exhibition centres on his time spent at Capel-y-ffin in the 1920s, which he described as ‘a new beginning’ in his art. It is a rare opportunity to see a large group of David Jones' original works on display at y Gaer.
David Jones (1895-1974) was one of the great British artists of the twentieth century: a painter, printmaker, illustrator, poet and essayist. Kenneth Clark, T. S. Eliot and Igor Stravinsky among others called him a genius. This exhibition centres on the time Jones spent in the mid-1920s at Capel-y-ffin in the Black Mountains, which he described as ‘a new beginning’ in his art. Aged 29 and recovering from the trauma of the trenches, he developed a fluid new style inspired by the ‘hill-rhythms’ of the mountains and the ‘counter-rhythms’ of the rivers. At the same time, he produced some of the finest illustrated books of the century and found intellectual purpose in a Roman Catholic community of like-minded artists and craftspeople. His work continued to develop but his memories of Capel-y-ffin remained in his imagination as both artist and writer for the rest of his life.
The Exhibition is curated by Dr Peter Wakelin and sponsored by the Brecknock Art Trust and Powys County Council.
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