20th Century Welsh Artists (Originals)

Edward Lewis (1936 – 2018)

Aberystwyth, dated 2004

Oil on Board measuring 29.5cm x 22cm and

Lewis studied at the Slade School of Art in the 1960s. He taught Art in the Rhondda and was mentored by John Piper.


Ivor Williams (1908-1982)

Untitled (mountain scene), undated, c.1930s

Oil on canvas board, measuring 21cm x 28cm

Signed ‘Ivor Williams’.

Ivor was the son of Christopher Williams and attended the Slade in the 1930s. The picture has the very rich colour of his father’s late work and shows a strong relationship to the Arenig period of J.D. Innes and Augustus John. 


Maurice Barnes (1911-1971)

Sacred Stones, undated, c.1950s

Watercolour and ink on paper, measuring 37cm x 55cm

Barnes trained at Newport and Croydon schools of art. He was a leading light of Newport Art Society and the South Wales Group. He had several solo exhibitions at Newport Museum and Art Gallery. His work from the 1950s showed the influence of Piper and Minton.


John Petts (1914-1991)

Untitled (cliff scene). Signed ‘John Petts, 1957, Penarth’.

Watercolour and ink on paper

Petts was an influential wood engraver, stained glass designer and painter who features in the Dictionary of Welsh Biography and whose archive is held in the National Library of Wales. He and his first wife Brenda Chamberlain left the Royal College of Art in 1935 and set up the Caseg Press at Llanllechid in 1937. He later worked for the Arts Council of Wales and taught at Carmarthen College of Art. His work is represented in all the major Welsh collections and his stained glass is in many buildings across Wales. He instigated the project for the people of Wales to give a stained glass window to the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama, in solidarity after an attack by the Ku Klux Klan in 1963. He often painted rockfaces and the strong use of black line in his drawings echoed his printmaking and his stained glass. The location of this subject hasn’t yet been identified but it may be the cliffs at Southerndown in the Vale of Glamorgan.


Dora Hurst (1925-2017)

Green Park, undated

Oil pastel on paper, measuring 28cm x 28cm

Dora Hurst studied at Cardiff College of Art in the 1950s and later became a lecturer at Cardiff College of Education. She was one of the founders of the Watercolour Society of Wales in 1963 and was also a member of the Welsh Group. The vivid opposite colours and loose handling of paint in this landscape shows the influence on her of Pierre Bonnard.


C. Helen Tull (flourished 1970s-2000s)

Ilston Church, Gower, undated

Oil pastel on paper, measuring 7.5cm x 8.5cm

A member of the Welsh Group and the Swansea Art Society, Tull handled pastel with great skill in sensitive landscapes of her surroundings in Gower. St Illtyd’s Church at Ilston / Llanilltud Ferwallt in Gower is described in the Pevsner guide as ‘a picturesque agglomeration’.