“Artist, Print Maker, Ageing Headbanger, Feminist, Activist, Mad Cat Woman, Cake Maker, Accidental Archaeologist, Mud Wrangler, Wild, Welsh, and Opinionated. I work directly from life, carrying a sketchbook at all times looking for any opportunity to have a scribble.” – Rose Davies
Alan Figg studied lithography and stained glass design at the Swansea College of Art. He has been a teacher of Art since 1962 in Bournemouth and Swansea and a Director of Swansea Print workshop. He has concentrated on Linocut and woodblock printing. His work is available at The Attic Gallery in Swansea, and if you are lucky like myself a lovely Christmas card.
John Abell – Literary Atlas Wales – ‘Hiraeth for Beginners – ’ Becca and her Children – Newton House – Llandeilo – 2020
Writer – Tristan Hughes – Revenant (2008).
John Abell studied at the Camberwell College of Art, and now lives and works in Cardiff. He is well known for his large scale wood block prints, and colourful water colour painting, linocuts and etchings, that explore the love and lust of the human condition. He is photographed here at the opening of the Becca and her Children Exhibition at Newton House, Dinefwr, Llandeilo in January 2020.
Amy Sterly – Llanfaircaereinion – Powys – 2018.
Amy Sterly is a printmaker and sculptor originally from Chicago, now living in a small community in Wales . She tries to subvert the idea of the rural idyll through her prints and her recent sculptures have reinvented the nature of the book into something tactile that triggers the memory and emotion.
It was also a very pleasant journey through the lovely rolling hills between Welshpool and Newtown, the true heartland of Wales.
Amy Sterly is originally from Chicago , USA, she graduated in Fine Art at Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois and moved to the U.K. in 1989.
She is a Print Maker and Sculptor, who has exhibited across Wales, Europe and America.
‘ I want my Art to trigger emotion and memory and change the object into something that you might not expect’.
‘Being involved in the Literary Atlas Wales project has been an exiting and inspiring journey that has helped me find a new direction for my work and it also helped me explore new connections and meanings between literature, art and the concept of mapping.
The interdisciplinary nature of the project forces one to think about the nature of fiction and its place in the real world and how it connects with the way we imagine the story we are reading.’
It was also a very pleasant journey for me to travel to the lovely rolling hills between Welshpool and Newtown the true heartland of Wales.
Here is a small treat for those of you that missed one of the smallest but most important exhibitions that has been held at the National Library of Wales for a long time, The original Linocuts and prints and in some cases the relevant text by the artist Paul Peter Piech. Bravo NLW! And just before the terrible virus closed us all down.