From Africa To Iceland: A Visual Celtic Voyage


Language: English

Illustrated by: John Rogers

ISBN: 9781843237235

Current Publication Date: 2007

Format: Hardback

Number of Pages: 202

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From Africa to Iceland is an artist's journey through space and time. It is an exploration of the Atlantic coast in search of beauty in nature and wilderness. It is also a study of the way people relate to their landscape through custom, vernacular architecture, language and work, and the ways in which these are linked beyond the national boundaries which now exist. Above all it is a search for beauty through the discipline of painting.

Produced during the period 1983 to the present, these works represent many areas and countries on the Celtic sea road, including Morocco, Galicia, Brittany, Cornwall, Wales, Ireland, the Hebrides and Iceland.

To begin this Celtic journey. John Rogers sailed a small open boat, single-handed, from his home in Pembrokeshire across to Ireland in the wake of those who for millennia sailed to maraud, trade or settle along these shores. Subsequently, his voyages became all the more exotic and adventurous, and these stunning paintings tell the story of his exploration of those lands, near and far.

Ultimately, this lavish book is a search not only for the elemental character of the places John Rogers visited, but also for the less tangible essential spirit that identifies them as Celtic.

An exhibition entitled From Africa to Iceland by John Rogers will be at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth between 5 April - 31 May 2008. For more information click on the National Library of Wales website