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The Man Who Painted in Welsh [Paperback]

Ian Skidmore
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28 May 2011
A biography of Wales's greatest painter told in conversation with his friends.

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  • Paperback: 206 pages
  • Publisher: Revel Barker; 2nd Revised edition edition (28 May 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1907841040
  • ISBN-13: 978-1907841040
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 606,442 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Art? Wales? 27 May 2011
Why would you be interested? I wasn't. Then I read Ian Skidmore's biography of Sir Kyffin Williams, the great Welsh artist, which is so rich in incident and wit that I found myself resenting those irritating breaks for sleep and food. Kyffin was gifted, entertaining, eccentric, and humorous. So too is Skidmore, which does make you suspect that there must be an introduction agency for such people. They can't just bump into each other, can they? Apparently so. Skidmore, an acclaimed writer-reporter and broadcaster, as well as a close friend, is exactly the man for the job: as a reporter with a sure ear for the revelatory phrase, he's interviewed all those who knew Sir Kyffin. It's the asides that make it for me. Like the Anglesey farmer who was disappointed when the artist had problems doing his portrait. "Everything's going wrong," he said. "My motor is broke down,my tractor's big end is gone, my milling machine won't work, and now you can't paint my face." Those who know Skidmore's writing won't be surprised by his usual sublime touches..."from 1970 until his death, honours gathered like swallows on a wire." Best of all, the whole book glows with Skidmore's love, respect and admiration for his friend. It made me sorry I never enjoyed the pleasure of the two of them together. Luckily, the book does that for us., and what a joy it is.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Kyffin lives 25 May 2011
By KenAsh
Ian Skidmore's elegant prose and ability to relate an anecdote have not withered with the years. He draws on many years of friendship with Kyffin, a friendship nurtured on Anglesey and produces a real insight into the artist as a person.
The Man Who Painted in Welsh is the latest in a long line of successful books from the pen of a writer who learned his trade on weekly newspapers and honed it on the Daily Mirror in its hey day.
This second version of the author's biography on Kyffin is a much polished work of literature and the skill of the narrator is evident. The biography skips along so fluently that even if you're not interested in art, the story of the artist is entertaining. It's a thoroughly enjoyable read that shows us the man behind the brush.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anglesey Art 21 Aug 2011
By A Bould
A fascinating book, brimming with information not only about Sir Kyffin and his life but about many of the people and places of North Wales. Written in a charming, affectionate and amusing style and with surprises and interest at every turn, I found this a compelling read and was sorry to reach the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A portrait of the artist in prose 6 Jun 2011
By Virgil
This is that rarest of volumes, a biography with the pace and compelling prose of a novel you can't put down. Anecdotal, vivid and warm, the dexterity of the writing and the ability of the storyteller combine to capture the essence of this great, elusive artist. It is not the least achievement of this engaging book that it offers the reader a relationship of real intimacy with an essentially shy genius, assisted by the affectionate and often very funny recollections recounted by those within his innermost circle. At times a maverick in the eyes of the art establishment, he would surely have been tickled by the irreverence, humour and spontaneity of this book, which so closely mirrors the core values of its subject. Never dull, full of passion, affection, surprises and insights - true of the artist and true of this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The art of story-telling 30 May 2011
Ian Skidmore and his story-telling ought to come on prescription from the NHS. He should be installed by the inglenook of a black-beamed country pub - log fire, oak settles, horse brasses, gale blowing outside. Then any depressive could come and have their spirits hoisted high by Skidmore's accounts of the quirky, joyous, lunatic, absurd and dubious repertory company of characters whose triumphs and tragedies have found their way into his reporter's notebook these past six decades and more. Such a cast perform on many a page in his biography of the brilliant Welsh landscape artist, Sir Kyffin Williams. This might first seem broadsheet territory. But Skidmore fires it with tabloid colour to summon Williams - and the lost world of Welsh landed gentry - back to vivid and fascinating life. Kyffin Williams had a great talent and Skidmore's hommage to it is a great read.
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