Art Central Hosts D-Day Landings Exhibition
Published 03 June 2014
Throughout the month of June, the Vale of Glamorgan Council’s prestigious art gallery Art Central in Barry is marking the 70th anniversary of the D-Day Landings with a Retrospective Exhibition of work by celebrated female war artist, Ray Howard Jones.
This commemoration is significant to the area as Howard-Jones was a Penarth resident and was one of only a few female artists engaged by the War Commission to paint the preparations for D-Day along the South Wales coastline.
This impressive collection of work has been co-ordinated and curated by Emeritus Professor of Poetry of the University of Glamorgan and established writer and poet Tony Curtis.
Ray Howard-Jones was born in Berkshire in 1903. She was christened Rose Marie Howard-Jones, and was later affectionately nicknamed ‘Ray the Paint’ by her friends. She moved to Penarth at the age of two and was raised in her Grandfathers home on Plymouth Road. In the early 1920s Ray studied at Slade School of Fine Art in London, and was described by Wilson Steer as “the finest colourist the Slade has ever produced.”
Ray is best known for her paintings along the Penarth and Pembrokeshire coastline, but perhaps her most significant accomplishments are her recordings of the D-Day Landing preparations in 1944 of Penarth and Cardiff Docks.
For this retrospective, works have been brought together from numerous public and private collections across Wales and England. Her work is displayed substantially in the National Library and National Museum of Wales, as well as in the Imperial War Museum in London.
The ‘Ray Howard-Jones: A Retrospective’ will be on display at Art Central Gallery, Town Hall, King Square, Barry from Saturday 7th June until Saturday 5th July 2014.