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gwynllyw v
giclee print on paper

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

Martin Crampin

One of a series of images interpreting the Life of St Gwynllyw, a sixth century saint local to Newport, Gwent.

Gwynllyw, formerly king of Gwent, followed his monastic calling to establish a retreat with his wife Gwladys at or near the site of St Woolos Cathedral, Newport. The oldest parts of the cathedral are roughly contemporary with the story of St Gwynllyw which is told in a twelfth century manuscript held in the British Library.

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.