The Mare Rises in 2015


An exhibition is currently being planned for 2015 that will draw together many of my 2001/2002 Mare’s Tale drawings from private and public collections, plus stage designs, puppets, models, poster-art and animation sequences produced in 2013 for composer Mark Bowden’s and librettist Damian Walford Davies’ ‘chamber-work with narrator’ that took its inspiration from the drawings. There will also be new designs and animation sequences currently evolving toward a next stage of the project.


Here are a few original Mare’s Tale drawings that haven’t before appeared on the Artlog


Conté pencil on Arches paper. 56 x 76 cm. 2001

Stumbles and Falls

Conté pencil on Arches paper. 56 x 76 cm. 2001

Last Meeting

Conté pencil on Arches paper. 122 x 153 cm. 2002

Detail from Last Meeting

Deposition II

Conté pencil on Arches paper. 56 x 76 cm. 2001

Below: some of the 2013 Mari Lwyd material, produced for the staged chamber-work, that will be in the exhibition

Detail of a Mari Lwyd drawing made for the 2013 staging of The Mare’s Tale at Theatr Brycheiniog

Model used for filmed sequences in The Mare’sTale

Below: puppets used in the production

Actor Eric Roberts rehearsing on my set for The Mare’s Tale

Animation sequences from the production will be screened in the gallery

Poster artwork for The Mare’s Tale

Further announcements about the exhibition, soon.

7 thoughts on “The Mare Rises in 2015

    • Thank you, Zoe. In the libretto Damian has the character of Morgan Seyes describe the Mari Lwyd as a ‘bride’, and so I tried to invest the shroud with the sense of a wedding-veil. The image needed to be celebratory on one level, and yet infinitely sinister when you looked more closely.

  1. Brilliant to see Mares Tale alive and kicking! Again I must say thank you for letting me be a part of this fantastic journey!
    Kindest regards,

    • Gareth, it’s great to hear from you. The Mare’s Tale has not been without its dramas in the six months since Brecon, but Mark, Damian, Helen and I are a tight-knit team, and we are completely committed to it.

      It would be good to hear what you’re up to. Click HERE and send me an e-mail.

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