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Taranis (Thundergod)

© Ivor Davies. Image credit: y Gaer Museum, Art Gallery & Library

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High up in the middle of the dusty texture of this painting is the half invisible figure of the Celtic God of thunder, Taranis, with a human head and the body of a hoofed animal. Dry leaves and newspaper are locked into the surface, suggesting a vast landscape and painted with the coarse red earth pigment of Mynyd Epynt, Wales, where the inhabitants were cleared to make way for a firing range at the beginning of the Second World War. Flames come from the roof of a building patched with a photograph of Trawsfynydd nuclear power station and Chinese script for thunder recalls the wheels of storming chariots, in a synthesis of ancient and contemporary signs and symbols.

y Gaer – Museum, Art Gallery & Library



Taranis (Thundergod)




acrylic & mixed media on canvas


H 122 x W 153 cm

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purchased with the assistance of a grant from the Brecknock Art Trust, 2002

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