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John Elwyn Hardcover – 28 Feb 2000


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  • Hardcover: 136 pages
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited (28 Feb. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0754600629
  • ISBN-13: 978-0754600626
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 23.5 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,263,587 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benjamin TOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 Nov. 2008
Format: Hardcover
Robert Meyrick chronicles the life of John Elwyn, starting with his childhood and family background in Adpar, Cardiganshire, Wales, where his father had established a small woollen mill. Going into detail he illustrates the relative isolation of Elwyn's childhood, and his interest in drawing despite the lack of any real early art education. Merrick proceeds to follow Elwyn's eventual move to follow a formal art education, interrupted by the Second World War when he became a Conscientious Objector, and into his working career and eventual establishment as an artist. Frequent reference is made to friends and others involved is his for some considerable time otherwise solitary life.

The text is very accessible and well documented with notes. The Appendixes provide a list of Exhibitions; Public Collections; Holidays; Books, Catalogues and Principle Reviews; Television and Radio Programmes; Illustrations; and Further Reading.

The book is illustrated throughout in both colour and black and white; in total there are 45 colour plates, either full page or half-page; and 65 black and white illustrations, usually smaller. Covering his life-time work they amply demonstrate the range of Elwyn's output and the change in the artist's paintings over the years, including his response to the Coldstream Report. They show above all the artist's love of the countryside and his native Wales as well as the people. The quality of production is good, the colour reproductions especially showing the increasing vibrancy of the artist's palette as the years progress. If I have a complaint it is that I would have liked to have seen more colour plates, that black and white reproductions inevitably pale by comparison; frustrating when a picture is entitled "Pink and Grey Shapes" to have appear only in black and white.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hosp Doc on 28 Aug. 2008
Format: Hardcover
John Elwyn was one of the 20th century's most important Welsh artists.

He portrayed both the landscape and the people of his beloved Wales more effectively than any other.

Elwyn's paintings convey an extraordinary sense of Wales - its landscape, farms, villages, people and life, with a gentleness and sincerity that reflected his own personality and affection for his home-land.

Robert Meyrick's book conveys all this and more - with a biography, an appraisal, a catalogue of exhibitions, works, references and publications and over a hundred illustrations.

It is an essential part of the story of modern British art.
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