Funded by the Arts Council of Wales and The National Trust the residency is part of the National Trust ‘People’s Landscape’ programme for 2019.
Responding directly to the rich history of Dinefwr and in particular the Rebecca Riots (1839 – 44), the artist will be working onsite in The Studio (in the courtyard of Newton House) drawing, painting and printmaking in situ.
‘History is an essential part of the present, and I immediately wanted the opportunity to respond to such an inspiring place through my artwork’.
Born in 1986, John Abell studied at Camberwell College of Art; he is currently based in Cardiff. John is particularly known for his large scale wood block prints and highly coloured watercolour paintings which explore life, love, lust and the human condition. The work is charged with a sense of fear and death, pessimism or even nihilism along with a large pinch of gallows humour. His aim is to represent human feeling as honestly as he can with no intellectual mediation, in an effort to understand of himself and the world as he finds it.
John’s prints and publications are held in private and public collections worldwide, including the V&A; the National Museum of Wales; the British Museum, the National Library of Australia, Canberra; the National Library of Canada, Ottowa and Columbia University Library, New York.
The Studio will be open for the public to drop-in, meet the artist and follow the progress of his work onsite on Wednesday to Sunday 11 – 15 and 18 – 22 September between 12 and 2pm.
Image courtesy of Emma Birch