Artist:      Islwyn Watkins. British 1938-2018

Title:       White relief with Wings

Date:      1968

Medium: Wooden and mixed media construction/sculpture

Size:       120cm x 45cm

Details:   Inscribed and dated, remains of artists label to verso

Islwyn Watkins (1938-2018) Modern British abstract construction 1968

  • Islwyn Watkins was a significant post war artist who exhibited here in the UK and in America. He was a key member of The Welsh Group and his work is held by The Welsh Arts Council. 

    This large abstract is made up of painted wooden sections and fragments of etching. The piece sits flush against the wall. The middle section projects out and is flanked by curved, 'wing' like structures. 



    Islwyn Watkins (1938-2018) was a Welsh painter, printmaker, sculptor and performance artist. He was born in Tonypandy, Glamorgan and studied at Cardiff College of Art in the mid 1950’s. He went on to teach in Hertfordshire and Leeds before further study and teaching posts in Wisconsin, America, 1965-6. He also taught at Ravenscroft upon his return to the UK and attended Printmaking classes at Hornsey College. Islwyn Watkins exhibited in Wales, London, and throughout the UK and America. He had solo shows at The University of Birmingham and New Art Gallery in Rugby. He organized and took part in political ‘Happenings’ in London and the US alongside lifelong friend and collaborator, Jeff Nuttall who was the Author of ‘Bomb Culture’ 1968. Both friends became members of ‘Group H’ instigating many political ‘Happenings’ and installations during the late 60’s. Islwyn Watkins was a key member of ‘The Welsh Group’ of artists going on to become chair of the organization. Watkins was influenced by the post war St Ives artists and by the German émigré collagist, Kurt Schwitters. He was also an expert in studio ceramics and early English pottery.