Telling Tales: the catalogue

Telling Tales: new works by Clive Hicks-Jenkins  May 10th – 28th

Please click on the above for details of paintings, and contact the gallery for enquiries. Work is available for purchase from today.

Tegfryn Gallery/Oriel Tegfryn

Cadnant Road, Menai Bridge, Anglesey, LL59 5EW

Phone: Tel +44 (0)1248 715128

E-mail:  tegfryn@artwales.com

OPENING HOURS
Monday-Saturday, 10:00-17:00
Sunday, 11:00-16:30

(Top: detail from Winter Knight)

The Works: still-life

 Ghost Hellebore with Cowrie Shell

Acrylic on gessoed panel – 38 x 38 cm – 2014

The Chequered Curtain

Acrylic on gessoed panel – 38 x 38 cm – 2014

The Works: Gawain and the Green Knight

Green Knight: Gawain transfigured

Acrylic on gessoed panel. 80 x 80 cm. 2014

Winter Knight

Acrylic on gessoed panel – 80 x 80 cm – 2014

The Works: the landscapes of The Mare’s Tale

Borderlands I

Acrylic on gessoed panel – 38 x 38 cm – 2014

Borderlands II

Acrylic on gessoed panel – 38 x 38 cm – 2014

Borderlands III

Acrylic on gessoed panel – 38 x 38 cm – 2014

IMAGE COMING SHORTLY

Borderlands IV

Acrylic on gessoed panel – 38 x 38 cm – 2014

The Works: saints

The Valorous Knight

Acrylic on gessoed panel – 80 x 80 cm -2014

Saint Kevin and the Blackbird’s Nest

Acrylic on gessoed panel – 60 x 81 cm – 2014

Blue Hervé (Hervé and the Wolf)

Mixed Media on panel – 79 x 79 cms – 2014

Blue Boy and Wolf (Hervé and the Wolf)

Mixed media on board – 30 x 36 cm – 2014

Blind Blue Boy (Hervé and the Wolf)

Mixed media on board – 30 x 36 cm – 2014

The Works: images for Glimmerglass by Marly Youmans, forthcoming from Mercer University Press, 2014

The Foliate Stag

Inked and collaged paper – 19 x 19 cm – 2014

Owl

2014) Inked and collaged paper – 21 x 16 cm – 2014

English Lion

Inked and collaged paper – 18 x 18 cm – 2014

Dragon of Many Colours

Coloured pencil on paper – 25 x 27 cm – 2013

Minotaur with a Foliate Tail

Coloured pencil on paper – 25 x 27 cm – 2013

The Works: Shakespeare

Oberon

Mixed media on board – 36 x 30 cm – 2014

Titania

Mixed media on board – 36 x 30 cm – 2014

 …

The Works: inspired by Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale

Flight (Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale)

Mixed media on paper – 55 x 74 cm -2013

The Tulip Garden (Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale)

Mixed media on board – 55 x 57 cm -2013

Joseph Dreams of Home (Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale)

Mixed media on board – 55 x 57 cm – 2013

Soldier Joseph (Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale)

Oil pastel on paper – 41 x 33 cm – 2013

Blue Fall (Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale)

Oil pastel and acrylic paint on gessoed panel- 80 x 80 cm – 2014

Joseph and the Flying Bouquet (Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale)

Acrylic on gessoed panel – 80 x 80 cm – 2014

King (Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale)

Oil pastel on paper – 43 x 35 cm – 2013

Going Home (Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale)

Mixed media on paper – 27 x 25 cm – 2014

Flock (Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale)

Mixed Media on Paper – 20 x 18 cm – 2014

The Covetous Devil (Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale)

Mixed media on paper – 34 x 27 cm – 2014

Clive Hicks-Jenkins explores a narrative tradition of painting, particularly in relation to the Welsh mumming custom of the Mari Lwyd, and in his examinations of stories with miraculous events at their hearts. His Mari Lwyd drawing, Stumbles and Cannot Rise, is in the National Museum of Wales, his re-imagining of the annunciation, The Virgin of the Goldfinches, hangs permanently in the Saint Dyfrig Chapel of Llandaff Cathedral in Cardiff, and his painting Christ Writes in the Dust, was commissioned for the Methodist Collection of Twentieth Century Art held at Oxford Brookes University. For a decade he’s regularly produced works on the legendary themes of the blind Breton monk Hervé, who had a wolf for a companion, and the Irish hermit Kevin. Kevin held a nest in his outstretched hand while a blackbird laid and incubated her eggs in it, hatched them and reared her young until fledged, a legend recounted by Seamus Heaney in a poem the artist has long referenced in his paintings on the subject.

For Telling Tales: new works by Clive Hicks-Jenkins, the artist has made new works of Hervé and Kevin, and has been revisiting his Mari Lwyd theme. In 2012-13 composer Mark Bowden and Aberystwyth-born poet Damian Walford Davies made a chamber-work with a spoken libretto, taking their inspiration from the artist’s 2001 series of large black and white Mari Lwyd drawings known collectively as The Mare’s Tale. Last year Clive Hicks-Jenkins designed and directed the first performance of The Mare’s Tale, and at Oriel Tegfryn will be showing paintings he’s subsequently produced, inspired by its music and libretto.

The artist’s most recent series is based on Stravinsky’s The Soldier’s Tale, in which Joseph the soldier unwittingly makes a pact he’ll come to regret. Last year Clive Hicks-Jenkins was commissioned to make an animated-film to accompany a performance of The Soldier’s Tale at the Hay Festival, and his new paintings further exploring the story are at the heart of the Oriel Tegfryn exhibition.

 

5 thoughts on “Telling Tales: the catalogue

  1. Hearty and heartfelt congratulations Clive! it’s a very fine body of work, you must be very pleased (and relieved) now its finished?

    If i could afford it ‘Going Home’ would be coming to live with me!

  2. What an interesting show, with lots of little sub-group clusters. Well, I am glad to be there in some sense! My glimmering sense… And now I feel a sudden urge to go play with my toy village… 🙂

  3. Seeing all the images together is great, really brings home how imaginative and exciting this group of work is, bravo Clive! I don’t know how you’ve done it apart from buckets of hard work and talent, but it’s brilliant 🙂

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