Terraced houses, Carmarthen
Framed (ref: 8762)
9 1/2 x 9 in. (24.2 x 22.9 cm)
creases to left hand side
Tags: Stanley Lewis Stanley Lewis Revisited
Provenance: The Artist's Estate; Private Collection
Literature: The Unknown Artist: Stanley Lewis and his contemporaries, Cecil Higgins Art Gallery & Bedford Museum, 12th June - 5th September 2010, Liss Fine Art, 2010.
Lewis lived in Carmathen from 1946.
When peace was declared with Germany in 1945, I returned for one year to resume my job as painting master at Newport School of Art. Being a father of a toddler boy and a baby girl I was ambitious and tried for other jobs. Eventually I became Principal of Carmarthen School of Art, a job I held for twenty two years.
When Stanley started his new job as Principal of Carmarthen, in 1946, he was horrified to find that there were only two students. ‘The first morning I went down to open the Art School. My God I had a fit. I thought I’m gone. I’m dead! There were only two students!’ Over the next 22 years he built it into a flourishing Art School, introducing Weaving workshops (run by Winifred Thomas), Pottery classes (run by Ann Lloyd) and Stained Glass workshops (run by Barry Cope). Stanley’s energies were also taken up on account of Min’s obsessive desire to buy and resell houses, all of which were purchased in a dilapidated state so that they could be restored by Stanley: from this period onwards they lived in and/or restored over 20 properties. Undoubtedly the happiest - and most productive period - was at Orchard House, Llanstephan, Carmarthenshire, a beautiful Georgian house, which originally had 300 acres of land of which Stanley and Min retained 15 acres and turned it into a small farm. During the time spent at Orchard House, (from 1949 to 1955), Stanley produced some of his most evocative images, such as The Welsh Farmer, 1953 , The Welsh Dresser, 1955. He also created some of his most engaging illustrations, for The South Wales Evening Post (Cat. 86 - 91).
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