Stones On Show

17 May

My very first solo show is coming up in September in the fabulous Workers Gallery in Ynyshir in the Rhondda Valley. Check out the details here.

I have spent the past few months travelling across South Wales with Rhondda-born archaeologist Dewi Bowen and Swansea film maker Melvyn Williams, hunting the wild megalith, accompanied by my portable drawing board, portfolio of Fabriano paper and a bag full of assorted artist’s materials.  Dewi is researching his latest book on Neolithic monuments and Melvyn is making a documentary film of our literary and artistic adventures. We are following the legendary trail of the boar hunt, y Twrch Trwyth from the Mabinogion, recording the Bronze Age ancestral stones that those ancient hunters would have encountered.

As time goes on, my drawings have become far less substantial because I’m beginning to realise how peripheral these stones are to our everyday life and culture. Apart from a few years in England, I’ve lived in Wales all my life and I never realised how ubiquitous these ancient monuments are.  They seem reasonably well documented, but how many people actually know the extent of them outside a relatively small group of academics and enthusiasts? Despite their monumental size and their presence throughout millennia, they almost seem to be hidden in plain view, unseen and ignored by motorists and ramblers and dog walkers.

What influences a drawing? Lots of things; the subject, the artist’s reactions to the subject; the drawing materials; the weather. People often assume that artists have an easy time of it, sitting around dabbing a bit of paint in warmth and comfort, but the reality? Wrestling with a drawing board in a quagmire, gale force winds, relentless sun, hailstorms. I have been reflecting on the influence of these massive Neolithic monuments on our culture. We still use stone for memorials and until recently as waymarkers.  And these massive constructions also remind me of modern environmental art and I feel that connection with fellow artists as I draw them, although four or five millenia separate us.

The Hunt Rose Davies poster


This new body of work on the stones will be on show at The Workers Gallery in Ynyshir in the Rhondda Valley in September. It’s a terrific gallery run by illustrator Gayle Rogers and sculptor Chris Williams who took over the old library in the village when it was closed at short notice due to austerity cutbacks and I’m so pleased that the stones will get their debut there.  If you want to see some of my other artworks, please click here.

11 Responses to “Stones On Show”

  1. kestrelart May 22, 2016 at 23:32 #

    Ok Rose
    I’m going to really try to get out to Wales to see this September. These are great.

    • Rosie Scribblah May 23, 2016 at 07:48 #

      Thank you, Neil. It’s a great area for a family holiday 😊

  2. Leonie Andrews May 18, 2016 at 22:34 #

    It’s fantastic to see all this work coming to fruition. Yes there’ll be still stacks to do to get to the opening, but it’s going to happen! Well done. Good luck with the printing.

    • Rosie Scribblah May 19, 2016 at 04:15 #

      Thanks Leonie. There are still more stones to draw as well

  3. Phil Cooper May 18, 2016 at 13:25 #

    Great to see this exhibition is happening, I’ve been admiring these powerful drawings ever since they started to emerge online. Really enjoyed the post too, and hearing your thoughts on these extraordinary stones after you’ve been getting to know them better than most, being with them out in all weathers. All the best for the rest of the project and the exhibition.

    • Rosie Scribblah May 18, 2016 at 13:48 #

      Thanks so much, Phil. I’m staring to cut blocks and etch plates to take the drawings into a different medium now – we’ll see what happens 😀

  4. jhv57 May 17, 2016 at 22:15 #

    Great project. Congratulations!


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