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22nd June 2022

Jonah Jones dalle de verre windows rehomed in St David’s Church, Mold

The first four windows to be installed at St David’s, Mold. Photographs by Mike Bunting. A six-year project to rescue, restore and relocate a set of 12 large church windows by Jonah Jones is nearing a successful conclusion. The windows were made in 1967–68 for a Catholic church in Morfa […]
21st June 2022

Jonah Jones sculpture in exhibition at Glyn Vivian, Swansea

Last seen publicly at the Jonah Jones Centennial Exhibition in 2019, Jonah’s Jacob and the Angel (sandstone, 1959) is currently part of the ‘Bequest of William G. Lewis, 2021’ show at the Glyn Vivian, Swansea. The show runs until Sunday 18 September 2022.
7th April 2022

Plaques by Jonah Jones commemorating 400th anniversary of William Morgan’s translation of the Bible into Welsh

Jonah Jones briefly noted in his daily journal on 28th February 1988 that “it’s William Morgan’s anniversary, and there’s two jobs there.” Just over two months later, on 9th May, he added that he had “fixed Llanrhaeadr-ym-Mochnant plaques with some success.” The two roundels, which commemorate a critical juncture in […]
15th March 2022

Jonah Jones’s connection to Ukraine: Scene & Word Ltd responds to the war

On 5 September 1947 in Haifa, Jonah Jones married Judith Grossman, the daughter of Jews from the Ukrainian city of Odesa. She herself was born in Dnipro, in central Ukraine. Shortly after her birth the family fled the country to escape the civil war in the collapsed Russian Empire – […]
28th February 2022

Photograph of Jonah Jones rood cross relocated to Hurst Green from the former Loyola Hall

The great wooden rood cross carved in the mid-1960s by Jonah Jones for the former Loyola Hall Jesuit retreat centre in Rainhill, Merseyside, was relocated in 2012 to the new chapel of St Joseph’s School in Hurst Green, Lancashire. An article published at the time on stpetersstonyhurst.org.uk has just come […]
3rd February 2022

Another ‘lost work’ by Jonah Jones comes to light

Another “forgotten” work by Jonah has come to light through its owner contacting us via the Oriel Jonah Jones ‘Tell us about lost work’ link. The owner, who prefers to remain anonymous, wrote that the sculpture was bought by his parents-in-law during the 1970s. It is very similar to Les […]
2nd February 2022

‘Lost works’ by Jonah Jones bought in auction

Two more forgotten works by Jonah have come to light during the course of 2021 after being bought at auction through Rogers Jones Co in Cardiff. Both buyers prefer to remain anonymous, but we are very grateful to them for allowing us to report on the “rediscovery” of the works. […]
9th January 2022

‘O’r Pedwar Gwynt’ prints Scene & Word letter on Peter Lord and Jonah Jones

The Winter 2021 issue of the Welsh-language literary review O’r Pedwar Gwynt published a letter from Peter Jones, a director of Scene & Word Ltd, in response to the interview by Shelagh Hourahane with the artist and cultural historian Peter Lord, which appeared in the Spring 2021 issue. In the […]
11th November 2021

We’ve launched two stunning new alphabet posters, and made big price cuts across our store

Today we are delighted to announce the addition of two very different new products to the Scene & Word Store. Around the year 1990, Jonah picked up a small sketchbook and painted in it a fantastical alphabet in watercolour, one letter to every page. Later in life he left it […]
27th August 2021

‘A Resurrection’: the dramatic relocation of Jonah Jones’s largest mosaic

In July 2019 the transfer of Jonah Jones’ great mosaic of Christ the Holy Redeemer, from its original location in a church in Morfa Nefyn to the new Christ the Word Catholic School in Rhyl, was completed. As Michael Rieveley, whose firm Rieveley Ceramics carried out the whole project on […]
11th August 2021

Restoration of dalle de verre windows

Twelve large dalle de verre windows by Jonah Jones removed in 2019 from a closed church in Morfa Nefyn have been greenlit for restoration before being newly installed in the Catholic church of St David in Mold, Flintshire. Dalle de verre (from the French for ‘glass slab’) refers to pieces […]
6th August 2021

Jonah Jones and the Gwynedd slate landscape, now a UNESCO world heritage site

In recognition of the news that the Gwynedd slate landscape has recently been designated as a UNESCO world heritage site, we have chosen three fine examples of Jonah Jones’s inscription and sculpture work in the native Gwynedd slate. First up is the plaque for the Lloyd George Memorial Museum, Llanystumdwy, […]
30th July 2021

Peter Lord quotes Jonah Jones in interview by Shelagh Hourahane

The Spring 2021 issue of the Welsh-language literary review O’r Pedwar Gwynt published an interview by Shelagh Hourahane (author of an excellent article on Jonah’s work, ‘Carving Our Inheritance’, in Planet, August/September 1987) with the artist and cultural historian Peter Lord, who has done so much to reveal the existence […]
27th July 2021

More ‘lost works’ by Jonah Jones

During the past few months three more forgotten works by Jonah have come to light through their owners contacting us via the Oriel Jonah Jones ‘Tell us about lost work’ link. Colin Turnbull wrote to us about an unusual small abstract watercolour, signed by Jonah but undated, probably from the […]
23rd November 2020

Newly found photograph of forgotten one-man show by Jonah Jones

Scene & Word has uncovered what may be the only existing photograph of an exhibition of Jonah Jones’s work, which took place in his one-time workshop at Tremadog Market Hall in 1968 or 1969. He left no record of the show, but it may have been held as a kind […]
3rd August 2020

Lost Work: miniature version of ‘The Bathers’

North Walian Mike Lewis, who now lives in Banbury, recently used the ‘Tell us about Lost Work’ feature on Oriel Jonah Jones to bring a small sculpture by Jonah to our attention. It is a miniature version, about 20 cms high, of The Bathers, which was a classic example of […]
27th March 2020

Jonah Jones ‘lost works’ re-emerge

Using the Oriel Jonah Jones ‘Tell us about Lost Work’ facility, a former international rugby player has brought a long-forgotten sculpture by Jonah Jones to the attention of Scene & Word. John Willcox was a pupil at Ratcliffe College, Leicestershire, from 1948–54. In 1959 Jonah was given his largest commission […]
23rd May 2019

Relocation of Jonah Jones inscription at Taliesin Arts Centre

In recent years Swansea University’s Taliesin Arts Centre has gone through some major physical changes, which involved extensive building works on the lower floor. While the works were in progress, the large hexagonal Welsh slate plaque commemorating the opening of the arts centre, designed by Jonah and cut in the […]
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