Africa to Iceland
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Produced during the period 1983 to the present; these works represent many areas and countries which may be described as being on the ‘Celtic sea road’ including Morocco, Galicia, Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Ireland, the Hebrides and Iceland.
While there is a strong topographical element in these paintings they are far from slavish copies of their subject. Each piece typically includes a great deal of information and observation often having been made entirely in situ.
To begin this Celtic journey the artist sailed a small open boat, single handed from his home in Pembrokeshire across to Ireland in the wake of those who for millennia sailed to maraud, trade or settle along these shores.
But it was some years before this during a working trip to Morocco; for which the artist had received a travel award from the Arts Council of Wales, that ideas of early sea communication between the Mediterranean, Africa and the European seaboard began to develop.
With family roots in Wales, Ireland and Cornwall, the artist was further motivated to visit these areas and countries we may describe as Celtic, in a search not only for the elemental character of these places but the less tangible essential spirit that identifies them as Celtic.
John Rogers was born in Cardiff in 1939 where he attended Cardiff College of Art studying under John Roberts, David Tinker and Phil Jennings. Working in circus, theatre, television and as an interior designer before painting full time and opening his gallery in St. Davids, Pembrokeshire in 1972.
John Rogers exhibits widely and has work in public collections and many private collections throughout the world.
From Africa to Iceland: A Visual Celtic Voyage
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Published by Gomer Press available December 2007