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nisien / efnisien
giclee print on paper

30.5cm x 18cm
This artist is available for commission.

Martin Crampin

The visual traditions of iron age and early medieval Ireland which are drawn upon in this image display a remarkable longevity and are still admired today. This image was made at a time when I was working on Branwen Daughter of Llyr, a medieval tale from Wales, which is closely associated with Ireland. Two brothers from the tale, Nisien and Efnisien, are presented as opposites: while one would bring about harmony, the other would cause conflict.

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.