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Tokien inspired artists

Ted Nasmith
Roger Garland
Jon Evans was born in South Wales in 1969. After an unsettled upbringing with many new starts and as many endings, Jon found art as an "expression for depression".

He went on to produce a set of drawings which he wrote of in poetic form. Jon has exhibited these works in Wales, and also displays them as a stage act - "A bardic Initiation", where you are taken on an inner journey in true bardic style.

This journey led Jon to nature and the world of myth and magic which is his biggest inspiration. Jon now lives in Mid Wales and works mostly in wood and stone using traditional methods and an uncanny "eye for sight".

Jon retains his early works for exhibiting and produces new art and commissions at his "Peace of Mined" slate carving workshop at Aberllefenni slate quarry.

Recent commissions include a set of slate carvings for the Centre for Alternative Technology visitor centre in Mid Wales and the creation of a "Dragon Wall" which was highly praised on Channel 4 Television's "The Landscape Man".

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Roger Garland
Roger Garland is a renowned Tolkien artist. He was born in 1950 and after being awarded a degree in graphic design from Wolverhampton College of Art and Design in England in 1971 went on to teach art at Poltair School in Cornwall until 1984. In 1981 Roger illustrated J.R.R. Tolkien’s modern classics for publishers Allen and Unwin. He also illustrated the 1984 and 1989 Tolkien Calendars. Other works by J.R.R. Tolkien that Roger has illustrated include Farmer Giles of Ham, The Adventures of Tom Bombadil and Smith of Wootton Major.

With his son Seth, Roger co-founded the Lakeside Gallery in 1989, based in Launceston, Cornwall, which has gained a reputation for showing and selling quality artwork. Permanently on show is The Tolkien Collection, which features over seventy paintings and drawings commissioned by the original publishers for many of the books of J.R.R. Tolkien. In 1991 he co-founded Lakeside Gallery Publishing, which includes greeting cards and limited edition prints, and later Lakeside Gallery Barbican. In 2005 Roger illustrated Dragon Tarot, which was published by Cico Books in London, and Barnes & Noble in the USA. He is currently working on book projects.

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Ted Nasmith
Paul Raymond Gregory Encouraged by his art teacher Paul always created paintings less conventional than his peers, his early work mostly landscape, atmospheric and painted usually on location gave Paul a great appreciation of nature in all its diversity and moods. It was about this time he came across Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings; this was to fire his imagination and inspired him towards the world of fantasy art. But it was to be a long time before he would start his first canvas depicting his interpretation of Tolkien's epic tale.

It was the late 70's that Paul embarked on his journey with Tolkien, his first canvas 10'x 6' titled Ride of the Rohirrim, this was followed by Carahdras, then The Fall of Boromir. After the painting of the Rohirrim, Paul made the acquaintance of Peter Nahum, Peter, who at the time was with Sotherbys, and on seeing Paul's work kindly offered to organise a touring exhibition at Sotherbys throughout Great Britain culminating at the fringe at the Edinburgh Festival. This proved to be very popular and in 1984 as a direct consequence of the Edinburgh Festival, Paul was invited to exhibit his work at the Barbican in London.

Paul's idea to keep the original work together at the time was financially unrealistic and this ended in him selling his work. Peter Nahum and Kate Bush were two of the buyers, Kate Bush later commissioned a larger canvas 'The Source of the Anduin’, this was a brooding landscape with the Iron Hills in the distance, reminiscent of his earlier work. Paul also mentions how grateful he was for the help and support given to him by the Tolkien Society at a very critical juncture in this undertaking, at one stage they even had a meeting at his home.

Tony Curtis (not the actor) was an active member of the Society at the time with his wife Jenny. Tony did the calligrap phy that described the paintings for the Barbican exhibition, and beautiful they were to. Tony also recently designed the lettering for an album Paul did for Uriah Heep called 'Spellbinder', so if you see this Tony, Paul says hi.

Paul has over the past twenty years had a great deal of publicity in relation to his work on Tolkien, indeed even appearing on television several times. On one occasion he was approached by Central Televisions arts programme, who were doing a special about the life and mythology of J R R Tolkien. So although there are a lot of people not aware of Paul's work over the past couple of decades, there are a lot who are. Paul does not consider his interpretation to be the definitive version, but does say it is a serious attempt at an impossible task.

1984 was a productive year for Paul, it was then he was introduced to the world of Heavy Metal, he had the good fortune to make the acquaintance of the Band 'Saxon' and their indomitable singer Biff Byford. He was commissioned to do the artwork for the album and the stage designs, the album was 'Crusader', now a classic in the annals of rock. Paul has painted ten albums to date for the band and has developed a great friendship with Biff and the boys. Paul says, if you have never been to a Saxon gig, make sure you do before you die.

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Roger Garland
Veli-Matti Joutsen At the age of 10, after reading all the books of E.R. Burroughs, Jules Verne, Arthur Conan Doyle and several other classic writers, Veli-Matti Joutsen finally found J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of The Rings. It was introduced to him by his schoolmate, and since then Lord of The Rings has been a major influence to his art.

Veli-Matti is a so-called self-taught artist and is going to draw and paint as long as brains and hands work. He has produced illustrations for the Finnish Tolkien Society's fanzine "Legolas" and also several drawings and paintings for friends and other people.

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Ted Nasmith
Ruth Lacon has had an interest in the works of J.R.R. Tolkien since her Edinburgh childhood in Scotland, and managed the unusual feat of reading the Silmarillion when aged 12. Ruth joined the Tolkien Society in 1986 whilst at university, and has been a member ever since, contributing articles and artwork to the Society’s publications. She holds two degrees, a B.Sc. (Hons) in Zoology from Aberdeen and a B.A. in Design (Illustration) from the University of Wales. Ruth has produced many works of art inspired by the works of J.R.R. Tolkien, some of which are featured in her published book, The Art of Ruth Lacon. She also writes scholarly papers on J.R.R. Tolkien. Ruth also writes non-Tolkien based fiction, and creates paintings inspired by a range of myths and legends.

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Angelo Montanini
Nicola-Clare Lydon attained both her Bachelors and Masters degrees at Bretton Hall, University of Leeds, England. Classically and contemporarily trained in both traditional portraiture and abstract, her work spans many mediums and subjects with a fascination for the mystical, the legendary and the age-old quest for the purity hidden within myth and deity alike.

Her deep intrigue with ancient linguistics and symbology continues to evolve through her unicorn portraits; “a modern epitaph to an aged graced by votive”. Having joined forces with fantasy artist Peter Pracownik, she now manages their gallery, “Another Green World”, based in historic Tintagel, Cornwall, alongside lecturing, giving workshops and doing private commissions. She was born in St Leonards on Sea, East Sussex, England in 1977.

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Angelo Montanini
Rodney Matthews has been described by John Cleese as belonging “among the greatest artists that have ever lived”. His distinct style has won him a strong following, and he has illustrated Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Lewis Carroll, Kenneth Grahame and other classic writers. As designer-illustrator he has created book and record album covers (for Magnum, Thin Lizzy, Nazareth, Barclay James Harvest, Rick Wakeman and others). He has also created video games, and television series, such as Gerry Anderson’s production of Lavender Castle, and worked closely with fantasy author Michael Moorcock (Elric at the End of Time). Rodney’s notecards, postcards, jigsaw puzzles, collector’s cards, and poster prints have sold worldwide in their millions. His work is collected in Last Ship Home, In Search of Forever, and Countdown to Millennium. Born in Somerset, England, Rodney has made his home in North Wales for many years. His originals have been displayed at the leading Chris Beetles Gallery in London’s West End, and his one-man shows have been featured in the Langton Gallery, London, in Sierre, Switzerland, and in Cardiff and Machynlleth, Wales.

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Angelo Montanini
Angelo Montanini attended the Art Academy and the Academy of Belle Arti di Brera in Milan, Italy. He was born 1951 in Brescia, where he lived before moving to Milan. He has twenty years experience as a lecturer, and is currently a consultant/teacher for Milan’s European Institute of Design. His work as a teacher, matched to that of an illustrator, ranks amongst his most important life experiences. He has collaborated with Rusconi, Mondadori, Longanesi, Editrice Nord and the Italian Tolkien Society.

Montanini contributed to the card game, Lord of the Rings, from Iron Crown Enterprises, for which he made many boards (he created the most famous card in “The One Ring”). From 1996 to 1999 he also coordinated the artistic output of Stratelibri of Milan, working in various forms, including cover illustrations, the game manual for The Lord the Rings, Stormbringer, and Fantasy Warrior. His original drawings have been exhibited in various exhibitions, solo and collective, in particular Milan in June 2000, Palazzo Bagatti Valsecchi, and Lucca in October 2001, at the Lucca Comics and Games presentation.

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Peter Pracownik
Peter Pracownik was born in Bristol, Somerset, England in 1951. Having studied art at Taunton College he then went hurtling into the world of rock and roll, but it wasn’t until 1987 that he started painting professionally.

Within two years his work was all over the world on tarot decks, album covers, jewellery, clothing, jigsaws, and posters, to name but a few. Working for Ritchie Blackmore, The Grateful Dead, Ronnie Wood and the like, he received a BPI gold disc for his artwork on a Groundhogs album in 1995 and continues still, now on his 76th album cover.

Having teamed up with multimedia artist Nicola-Clare Lydon, and based at their gallery in Cornwall, Peter’s work continues to take different directions, including into media such as furniture design, and working for Arsenal footballer Theo Walcot!

Loved for his admiration with all the true and sacred magic of the fantasy world, he continues “to paint our dreams” within his deeply intricate and symbolic work that is “The Enchanted World of Peter Pracownik”.

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Sheila Evans-Pritchard has worked in many different fields of art and using a wide range of painting and drawing media. She produced both cartoons and illustrations for the Oxford Review. She has illustrated books and is currently working on illustrations for The Windrush Pig. Her painting media range from Chinese brushwork to watercolour and acrylic, with exhibitions in Winchester and Lampeter. She has also produced sets of greetings cards from her artwork.

She has found inspiration from many sources, from the journey paintings of the Chinese to the illusionary drawings of Rex Whistler. The upside-down paintings inspired by Whistler will be on display at the Festival. It is the idea of something hidden from immediate sight, and pictures that tell a story, that attracts her to the world of Tolkien.

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Stephen Walsh
Stephen Walsh studied Illustration at the North East Wales Institute under the tutelage of renowned Welsh artist Keith Bowen. His final project, The Mermaid, based upon a book by Rosemary Sutcliffe, was supervised by Alan Lee. Stephen has worked as a professional illustrator since graduating in 1988. He has illustrated a variety of books and games, including the award winning Settlers of Catan. His projects include many Tolkien inspired watercolours such as Barad-dûr and Spiders and Flies for the Middle Earth Collectable Card game by Iron Crown Enterprises. His watercolour Carn Dûm was published by Harper Collins in The Lord of the Rings Postcard collection. The acclaimed Italian exhibition Images of Middle Earth also featured several of Stephen’s Tolkien pieces. Stephen is fascinated by historical subjects and has recently illustrated many titles for Osprey Publishing. His large scale battle scenes include Otterburn 1388 and Seven Days Battle 1862.

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Stephen Walsh
Sue Wookey Most of my work is inspired by the mysterious prehistory of Britain and a fascination with the ancient and multilayered symbols which appear throughout world cultures. But somehow JRR Tolkien managed to muscle his way in and I now have a head full of Elves and Ents. I use a mixed media of watercolour, gouache and ink (with a dash of blood, sweat and tears) in an attempt to bring Middle-earth to life, and I cling to Tolkien’s professed desire that this world would inspire future artists. It’s an invitation impossible to resist, so I like to visit the wilder places of Middle-earth with a palette for a shield and pencils for spears, and sometimes tickle the odd Balrog just to see what happens.

My Tolkien work can be seen on my website at www.galleyhillart.com where Tolkien has managed to get a whole gallery to himself.

I exhibit new paintings every year at the Tolkien Society’s annual hobbiting about at Oxonmoot and my work has appeared on the cover of the Society’s bulletin, Amon Hen and their journal, Mallorn. My work has also appeared in Heren Istarion, the calendar of the Northeast Tolkien Society.

Every Tolkien fan has their own unique vision of Middle-earth and I really hope that you will enjoy your journey through mine.

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Festival Art and Books

Festival in the Shire; A celebration of all things Tolkien inspired will contain themes from the books; The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Silmarillion by the author J.R.R. Tolkien as well as his son Christopher Tolkien. Many new fans are only familiar with The Lord of the Rings movie and eagerly await the new Hobbit movie. We hope to enlighten both new and old fans with the huge variety of J.R.R. Tolkien and Tolkien inspired books, art, paintings, collectibles, memorabilia, games, computer games, toys, statues, movie memorabilia etc. available to collect and enjoy. There are literally thousands of different items.

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