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David Jones
(1895 — 1974)

The work of David Jones, English painter, draughtsman, printmaker, illustrator and poet, was largely affected by two prominent life events: the First World War and his subsequent conversion to Roman Catholicism. Following the resolution of the war, Jones settled in Ditchling, Sussex where he became an active member of the artistic community brought together by Eric Gill. It was here that Jones first explored wood engraving, and later made a career as an illustrator of luxury published books. Jones later went on to work in more diverse media, experimenting with watercolour and oil paints in his work. Personal difficulties encouraged the artist to focus on his faith, and in the late 1940s the artist focused much of his time on inscribing poems inspired by biblical texts in the Latin, Greek, Welsh and English languages. The artist is now remembered as a prominent and exceptionally talented modernist poet, painter and engraver.