Gomer Press publishes the first comprehensive, illustrated survey, in Welsh and English editions, of the careers of visual and applied artists in Wales over the last sixty years.

Compiled and edited by Peter W Jones and Isabel Hitchman, Post-War To Post-Modern: A Dictionary of Artists in Wales is a major academic reference work covering a rich period in the arts in Wales, portraying the country’s artistic creativity, along with its international presence.

This sumptuous, fully illustrated book includes authoritative biographies of nearly 1,400 visual and applied artists working in traditional and new media. Additionally, the dictionary includes a scholarly introductory essay by the artist and art historian, Dr Ivor Davies describing movements and institutions in Wales since 1945.

Dr Ivor Davies writes:

"This is a dictionary about ‘artists in Wales’ rather than ‘Welsh artists’. The question, ‘What is Welsh art?’ often assumes that some single, monolithic style represents a people, even though it is too fluid for definition.

Christopher Williams (1873-1934), however, one of the most successful Welsh artists of his time, believed there was much latent artistic talent in his native country, and claimed that it was possible to distinguish the work of Welsh artists from that of others."

Post-War to Post-Modern: A Dictionary of Artists in Wales is now available from all good bookshops & online retailers or directly from the publisher Gomer Press


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Julie Richards:


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Book details


Post-War to Post-Modern: A Dictionary of Artists in Wales

Peter W Jones & Isabel Hitchman

Published by Gomer Press

ISBN 978 1 84851 876 6


Hardback, 829 pages


Notes to Editors:



Peter W Jones is keenly interested in painting. He trained in Cardiff and London as a doctor, working in south Wales as a family practitioner and child psychiatrist. On his retirement from medical practice, he found a lack of recent information about artists in Wales and thus embarked on the huge project which became this book.

Isabel Hitchman studied at Oxford and Edinburgh. She worked in the Arts Council of Wales for thirty years, visiting numerous artists' studios and organising many exhibitions. Her knowledge of artists' work in Wales made her a willing participant in this publication.