5 November 2011
The following press release was issued by Gregynog Hall on 3 November 2011:
A collectors’ presentation set, including a new book based on the journals of late Welsh artist Jonah Jones during his year as Gregynog Arts Fellow, has been presented to Gregynog Hall, near Newtown, by his family.
The year, 1981–82, that Jonah spent at Gregynog Hall, the historic conference and event venue at Tregynon, is described by his children as hugely important in his life, allowing him to reconnect with all the things he loved most.
The presentation set — An Artist’s Life in Wales — also includes three limited edition prints off watercolours by Jonah, his walking guide, The Lakes of North Wales, and a CD-Rom of photographs of his works in all media, interviews with his friends and colleagues, and other features.
The book Jonah Jones: The Gregynog Journals, designed and co-produced by Gwasg Gregynog Press, gives revealing and personal insights into the artist’s working and private life, with colour reproductions of sketches.
A noted artist, writer and educationalist, Jonah (1919–2004) gained a reputation as a master craftsman in stone and as an artist devoted to the word in all its visual forms. He worked in many media, cutting letters in slate, carving in stone, creating bronze busts, making windows in stained and concrete glass, painting in watercolour and writing novels, essays and an acclaimed biography of Clough Williams-Ellis.