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Pit Closure, Miners Coming Up
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

Pit Closure, Miners Coming Up 1977

Nicholas Evans (1907–2004)

Llyfrgell Genedlaethol Cymru / The National Library of Wales

Painter, sculptor and teacher, born and lived in Aberdare, Mid Glamorgan, sometimes exhibited as Nicholas Evans. Evans was self-taught as an artist and began painting at the age of 70, using his fingers and rags. His father was a miner and mining was a leading feature of his work, along with the Jewish Holocaust, of which he produced a record. Evans’ grim, large monochrome pictures of mining life in the 1920s and 1930s were featured in a solo show at St David’s Hall, Cardiff, in 1993. Evans was a Christian and Pentecostal lay preacher. He was aware of the link between scripture and the colliery, “the horrible pit”, as in his work included in Miner-Artists: The Art of Welsh Coal Workers, at National Museum and Art Gallery, Cardiff, 2000.

Text source: 'Artists in Britain Since 1945' by David Buckman (Art Dictionaries Ltd, part of Sansom & Company)


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