Recently some paintings by
John Wright appeared in the Peter Francis saleroom reminding us of a group
of Carmarthen artists of whom we can be proud. John Wright, together with
Robert Hunter and Arthur Giardelli, brought a post war awakening of art to
Together they were founder members of the '56 Group' - a modern art group
which travelled across Britain and the Continent showing contemporary
Welsh art. The group is still in existence and they held an exhibition in
Tenby last year.
John Wright came to Carmarthen as a boy - a refugee form the London blitz,
and was taken in by Mr & Mrs Williams of the Old Curiosity Shop and
brought up by them. He started his training in the Carmarthen Art College
and later became Head of Newport College of Art. Robert Hunter was our
well loved Head of Art at Trinity College and Arthur Giardelli, an extra
mural lecturer in Art, educated many of us over the years.
These artists belonged to Carmarthen and it is sad that we are not able to
celebrate their achievements by showing their work on a regular basis. The
pictures that the County own are hidden away in office corridors and
museum storerooms and can only be seen on application. Its hardly fair for
them or us.
Reproduced from THE FRIEND April 1998
Dr John Crane
was a G.P. in Carmarthen for many years before his retirement. He has had
a lifelong interest in painting and painters. He is President of Carmarthen
Sketch Club and an active member, with a wide-ranging collection of
"Labour by that Singing Light"
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