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Cwmowen sale day, Mynydd Epynt, near Builth Wells
The Big Sky Gallery, Usk, Monmouthshire
Signed lower centre
Ink with pastel highlight
52cm x 40cm
£ 1,995.00Enlarge Image
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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original mixed media by Aneurin Jones.
The work is presented and supplied in its original frame, mounted and behind glass.
Previously with Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Llanbedrog, Pwllheli, Gwynedd.
Aneurin Jones was born on a farm on the border of the counties of Brecon and Carmarthen. He graduated in fine art from Swansea College of Art in 1950-5. He then spent two years with Celtic Studios designing stained glass windows for churches in Britain and abroad. He was later head of the art department at Ysgol y Preseli in Crymych, Pembrokeshire from when it opened in 1958 to 1986, when he took early retirement to concentrate on his own work. He lived in Cardigan, Dyfed.
He has exhibited widely in his native Wales, including regularly at the National Eisteddfod, but also elsewhere in Britain and in America. He has works in public collections around the world. In 1978 he gained the Rotary Award for outstanding service to art. In 1983 he had an important one-man show at the Gregynog Gallery, National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth.
Aneurin Jones is now widely acclaimed for his depictions of rural communities and his work is much sought after. He has spoken of his “right to portray” the people, the communities and the landscape of his native Wales. He perceives this right as rooted in his own childhood there and his paintings show intimate glimpses into a way of life that is becoming part of history. He says “Although the education I received at Swansea College of Art bore the influence of the Renaissance, it is an older and more mystical tradition which moves me creatively. This is the tradition of the storyteller, the tradition of keeping the memory of the people”.
This original mixed media work shows the traditional horse and pony fair/sale that used to take place at Cwmowen in the Brecon Beacons. We have had visitors to our Welsh gallery who have seen this picture and remarked how they remember this sale, and that this picture really captures its essence. A Welsh farmer in a flat cap stands in the foreground, holding a horse by a simple halter. The horse raises his head, almost in defiance and looks out with real spirit in its eye. Beyond are more horses, their heads and backs, row upon row, merging into the distant hills of the landscape in which they belong.