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Great Welsh Dragon is now complete. Please help me get Emrys back to Wales his home. He stands at about 2.8 meters high. And he deserves to be on home soil. The book is now complete. I have written the history and the mabinogion stories all in rhyme. The first copy is on its way to the UK for my father, after that I will be looking for a publisher. If you would like to contact me feel free to.
At some point in a Welsh artist’s life you have to build a Dragon…..I think it’s the law! My Great Welsh Dragon depicts and celebrates the History of Wales. It honours many great Welsh people. In the paintings I have Tom Jones, Gareth Bale, J P R Williams, to name a few. On the Dragon scales I etched many names to honour everyone else that I couldn’t paint. The book will be aimed at children to educate them in a simplified manner, on their history. Wales is the land of story tellers, I just happen to tell it in oils.
The Great Welsh Dragon is a mixed media creation. It is NOT commissioned, it is built out of love and pride of my motherland. I have tried to celebrate many aspects of our history in the piece. In truth it was a challenge I set myself to see if it was indeed possible to get it all onto one sculpture.
There are 29 paintings in all. One side of the dragon is factual history, the other is fairy tales. Each paintings is a large scale and is housed in lead, within each painting I have hidden different elements of our history amongst the obvious. It attaches to a wooden frame which will be then built up on steel rod legs. The head and back is covered in around 960 copper scales all hand beaten into shape, 742 etched and enamelled.
The book explains the history and the fairy tales, and also the making of the dragon.
Only the light and sound machine is left to do, I hope this adds to the overall special nature of this piece.
In the mean time you can join me on the journey of the progression of The Great Welsh Dragon piece on my Facebook page.