Try the Wilderness First: Eric Gill and David Jones at Capel-y-ffin

ISBN: 9781781724019
Artist(s): Eric Gill & David Jones
Author(s): Jonathan Miles
Format: paperback
Year published: 2018
Publisher: Poetry Wales Press
Publisher Location: Bridgend, Wales
Total Pages: 220
Illustrations: 48 B&W illustrations


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Try the Wilderness First: Eric Gill & David Jones at Capel-y-Ffin is the story of controversial artist Eric Gill’s artistic and religious community in the Black Mountains of Wales during the 1920s, told through the character and work of Gill himself and David Jones, two of Britain’s most significant twentieth century artists. In it Jonathan Miles offers a commentary on the radical Catholicism of Gill and on the community s Arts and Crafts-style focus on the handmade at its base in a former monastery. Capel-y-ffin s remoteness offered Gill time to develop his religious thinking but also to experiment with his sexuality. For Jones it offered escape from his wartime experiences and a cultural homecoming which resulted in a productive period of painting and engraving.

The personality and practice of both men was to be marked indelibly by their time there and in this new edition of his book Jonathan Miles, incorporates new images and new research into a page-turning and accessible narrative.


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