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Arenig Fawr dan Eira (Great Arenig under snow) Arenig Fawr dan Eira (Great Arenig under snow) Arenig Fawr dan Eira (Great Arenig under snow) Arenig Fawr dan Eira (Great Arenig under snow) Arenig Fawr dan Eira (Great Arenig under snow) Arenig Fawr dan Eira (Great Arenig under snow) Arenig Fawr dan Eira (Great Arenig under snow)

Arenig Fawr dan Eira (Great Arenig under snow)

Item Code: MW-70527
Medium
Ash wood and acrylic
Date of Work
2013
Signed
Signed verso
Height (cm)
59.7
Width (cm)
18
Base price $2,210
Arenig fawr is a mountain between Trawsfyndd and Bala in Merionethshire.

In the early years of the twenthieth century it was painted repeatedly, perhaps obsessively, by J. D. Innes, a friend of Augustus John who died young in 1914. In 2014, the centenary of his death, an exhibition was held of his work, together with that of contemporary artists, all of which had a connection with Innes or his beloved mountain. This piece was one of the exhibits.

The words are the concluding couplet from an englyn (four line verse in strict metre) by Geraint Bowen (1915-2011) and freely translated, they read: Give us a share of peace/ from your spotless slopes of snow.
Martin Wenham PortraitBorn in 1941, Wenham’s interest in lettering was stimulated at an early age. At university Wenham read botany and forestry, his artistic propensity aiding with precise observational drawing. Throughout this time an interest in pen-lettering persisted and after a research colleague requested a carved house-name in wood Wenham approached the professional carver Harry Spring, who showed him the basic technique of letter-cutting.

After a year Wenham left research and for the next 23 years taught in secondary, primary and special schools, with 9 years’ lecturing at the University of Leicester. He first exhibited his letter-cutting work in 1982; since 1984 it has been shown in the major British exhibitions of lettering arts. Wenham’s work is held in the Crafts Council’s Permanent Collection and in private collections in Britain, the USA, Germany, Japan and Puerto Rico.
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