Hill-rhythms: David Jones + Capel-y-ffin

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By Peter Wakelin

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.

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By Peter Wakelin

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 book 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.

Published by The Brecknock Art Trust and Grey Mare Press in association with the exhibition
Hill-rhythms: David Jones + Capel-y-ffin, 1 July to 29 October 2023
y Gaer: Brecknock Museum, Art Gallery and Library, Brecon

88 pages
With 58 images and a map of painting locations

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By Peter Wakelin

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 book 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.

Published by The Brecknock Art Trust and Grey Mare Press in association with the exhibition
Hill-rhythms: David Jones + Capel-y-ffin, 1 July to 29 October 2023
y Gaer: Brecknock Museum, Art Gallery and Library, Brecon

88 pages
With 58 images and a map of painting locations