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Y Tywysogion (The Princes)
© the artist's estate. Photo credit: Tony Bennett / Art UK

Y Tywysogion (The Princes) 1970

Jonah Jones (1919–2004)

Sculptor, letterer, teacher and writer, born in East Boldon, County Durham. He was educated at Jarrow Secondary School and managed to snatch part-time instruction at King Edward School of Art in Newcastle upon Tyne. After war service he suffered from pulmonary tuberculosis. In 1949 Jones worked in Eric Gill’s workshops, about two years later setting up on his own in northwest Wales. He used slate as his principal medium and believed that fine art should be practised as a craft in a local community. For a while he was director of the National College of Art and Design in Dublin and he lectured in sculpture at the British School in Rome, but was mainly a working sculptor participating in a range of group shows, including RCamA, WAC and NWG. A few one-man shows were held, but much of Jones’ work appeared in public locations, such as the depictions of Mercy and Justice on the Law Courts in Mold and his sculpture on the theme of Peace for the Emrys ap Iwan School at Abergele.

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


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