Obsessed: The Biography of Kyffin Williams

Obsessed: The Biography of Kyffin Williams

by David Meredith, John Smith


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Many people regard Sir Kyffin Williams RA as Wales’s greatest artist, as renowned for his rugged landscapes as for his intimate portraits. When he died in 2006, there was an outpouring of national grief that revealed Kyffin as a public and private figure as much loved for his genial personality and humanity as he was admired for his paintings. This was the Kyffin Williams that David Meredith and John Smith knew so well, and Obsessed is as much a tribute to Kyffin the man as it is an assessment of his life, work and achievement. And it is the privileged perspective born of friendship that gives this biography its authenticity and integrity. As well as tracing Kyffin’s fascinating family history, Obsessed details his life in the army and at the Slade College of Fine Art, followed by his long career as a teacher at Highgate School, London, before his return to his beloved Anglesey via a great adventure in Patagonia. As they outline Kyffin’s long career as an artist, and his battle with epilepsy, the authors also remember his railings against Modern Art and his campaign to see justice done to Welsh artists at the National Museum of Wales. Featuring almost a hundred illustrations, forty of them reproductions of Kyffin’s own masterpieces, this book offers a lavish and affectionate insight into the life of one who was, by his own admission, obsessed with his art.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848514843
Publisher: Gomer Press Ltd.
Publication date: 10/01/2012
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 8.46(w) x 10.14(h) x 1.04(d)

About the Author

David Meredith is the author of Kyffin in Venice and Kyffin Williams: His Life, His Land and co-author of Obsessed: The Biography of Kyffin Williams with John Smith (Gomer, 2012). His autobiographical volume Pwy Fase'n Meddwl was also published by Gomer in 2002. As Head of Press and PR at HTV and S4C, David Meredith worked with Sir Kyffin on several artistic projects. He was the first Fellow of BAFTA Cymru and received a Royal Television Society award for his contribution to broadcasting in Wales. He lives in North Wales in the old county of Meirionnydd. John Smith is an officer at Oriel Ynys Mon, where he is involved with the Kyffin Williams exhibitions. He is the author of two books about the wildlife artist Charles Tunnicliffe, and co-author of It was the Most Beautiful Day - The Work of the Massey Sisters. He gained an MA degree in Museum Studies from Leicester University and his interests include art history, photography and industrial archaeology.

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