Paintings From Africa To Iceland At National Library Of Wales

By Georgi Gyton | 10 April 2008
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A painting of some buildings made of mud in Morocco with a grey sky overhead.

Mud village - Morocco. © John Rogers.

Exhibition preview – From Africa to Iceland at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth until May 31 3008.

The exploration of the Atlantic coast and the Celtic 'sea road' are the focus of a new exhibition of oil paintings by artist John Rogers. The works have been produced from 1983 to the present day on his exploration of beauty in nature and the wilderness.

To begin his journey, he single-handedly sailed a small open boat from his Pembrokeshire home in Wales across to Ireland. He also travelled from Morocco to Galicia, Brittany and Cornwall, through to Wales, Ireland, the Hebrides, and finally up to Iceland.

A painting of mountains done using blues, purples and orange paints.

High Atlas Mountains - Morocco. © John Rogers.

His exhibition explores the essential spirit of the places he visited that identifies them as Celtic. For example St Davids in Pembrokeshire, Britain’s smallest city, was founded by the patron saint and was chosen due to its proximity to the sea-faring highways that linked Celtic speaking lands during the 5th, 6th and 7th centuries.

As well as observing his surroundings on his journey, at times he became a part of them. Whilst in Morocco he was involved in a night fight between camels and hyena, and in Picas de Europas in Spain he walked among bears, wolves and wild boar.

His work also studies the way people relate to their landscape through custom, vernacular architecture, language and work, and the way in which they link beyond national boundaries.

This is an exhibition preview. If you've been to see the show, why not let us know what you think?

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