Elis Gwyn Jones, W.S. Jones, Wil Sam, Llanystumdwy and Y Garnedd

Buying art is almost always going to be a subjective matter.  ‘Buy what you like’ is pretty much the standard advice for newcomers to the market; with the proviso of course that you take the trouble to refine your taste as you go along. And good dealers will develop a relationship with their customers that can help this process. It should work to the benefit of both; a profit for the dealer and an enjoyable investment for the collector.

Which is kind of how I came to acquire this picture; an artist not known to me bought by a dealer who I consider to have a great ‘eye’ for almost anything you can think of. When I walk into his premises and he says he has just the thing for me I know I’m more than likely going home a poorer but wiser man.

This painting is by Elis Gwyn Jones; teacher, writer and artist, brother of the late but celebrated Welsh dramatist ‘Wil Sam’. A view over a cairn or burial chamber in his native North Wales. Look at the stones and tell me what you see.


UPDATE : You can see three more of Elis Gwyn Jones’ paintings here at the BBC’s Your Paintings project.

A Painting by Elis Gwyn Jones
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A Painting by Elis Gwyn Jones

Paul Williams

This is the blog of Paul Williams, Ceredigion resident since 1970. I am an English and Philosphy graduate of what was once known as St David's University College, at Lampeter. I played bass in Dyfed's first punk band, and living in Llandewi Brefi, had a grandstand view of Operation Julie. Eventually, after 2 years playing bass in Brighton's 256th punk band, I returned to Wales to deal in books and then antiques. I've trained and worked as a counsellor, I am a photographer, blog and web designer and I publish the annual Wales Antiques Guide. I am married and a father of one. Apart from my family, my interests include books, maps, Nikon, Yashica and Mamiya film cameras, British Culture 1935 - 1965, Poole pottery, Welsh textiles, and Poster art. My favourite movies include anything by Pressburger and Powell favourite music includes Gene Clark, Gram Parsons, and anything form San Francisco 1965-1970. I am a late convert to 'Kraut Rock'.

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