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tatheus II
giclee print on paper

28cm x 37.5cm
This artist is available for commission.

Martin Crampin

ne of a series of images of St Tatheus based around the history of Roman and early medieval Caerwent, now a small village in south east Wales.

A Roman civitas, the town of Caerwent seems to have been abandoned early in the fifth century. The Roman town has been the subject of archaeological excavation for over 150 years, which has revealed the layout of most of the Roman town, including the basilica, two temples and many artefacts and mosaics. Among the discoveries was a pewter bowl with a Christian chi-rho symbol scratched on its base, which is the earliest evidence for the new Roman faith in Wales.

Martin moved to Wales in 1991, graduating in Interactive Arts from Newport School of Art and Design in 1995. During the final year of his undergraduate studies he began to make digital images for installations interpreting medieval Welsh tales, and these images began to assume a life of their own, individually and as series of images. Welsh history and archaeology have formed the basis of much of his work since, including research for an MA in Celto-Roman Studies.

He has worked as an artist in residence and teaches digital imaging at the University of Wales Aberystwyth, as well as working as a multimedia designer. His work has been exhibited across Wales and internationally, and reflects his ongoing engagement with the visual culture of Wales.