Arenig Fawr


Still-life Under Arenig

Clive Hicks-Jenkins. Acrylic on gessoed panel. 33 x 31 cm. 2014

Enquiries to the Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff

As a big J. D. Innes exhibition is about to open at the National Museum of Wales, Martin Tinney is holding an exhibition of gallery artists working to the theme of the Arenig mountain range in North Wales, a landscape Innes loved to paint.

I’ve made a still-life with Arenig Fawr beyond it. The foliate-head jug is one of many I made with Pip Koppel when Peter and I first moved to Aberystwyth. (she threw and I added handles and decorated) The small oval box once contained pralines given to us by our friend Rex Harley. The box was originally decorated with a printed design that I over-painted with waves and a masted ship, and has appeared in numerous still-life paintings I’ve made. In the bottom of the box is a drawing of a fish.


James Dickson Innes

Arenig, Sunny Evening c.1911-12

During his short life (1887 – 1914) James Dickson Innes stayed for several seasons in North Wales, close to the Arenig mountains. Innes was a pioneer in Britain of directly painted landscapes in a rather primitive style, which he first used in Collioure in the South of France in 1908. (Prior to Collioure, he’d painted in a conventionally academic manner.) He exhibited with the Camden Town Group in 1911, but like his friend Augustus John was only a fringe member.