A Mythic Understanding: Inspired by David Jones


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Clive Hicks Jenkins, Gawain's Blow

An exhibition exploring the life and themes of the work of artist, illustrator and poet David Jones.


Starts: Tuesday 10:00
Ends: Friday 18:00

Event Details

Address:Camberwell Space
Camberwell College of Arts
45 - 65 Peckham Road

Post code:SE5 8UF

Telephone:+44 (0)20 7514 6301

Open hours:Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday: 12.00 - 16.00


Exhibition runs 6 November - 14 December 2018 Open Monday - Friday: 10:00 - 18:00, Saturday: 12.00 - 16.00 To mark the centenary of Armistice Day and the end of the First World War, Camberwell College of Arts, UAL, will present a major project that explores the life and themes of the work of artist, illustrator and poet David Jones, CH, CBE (1895 –1974). Brockley-born Jones was aged just 14 when he first attended what was then Camberwell Art School. At 19, he volunteered to fight in the war, enlisting for service with the Royal Welch Fusiliers. Jones remained a private throughout the war, fighting for longer than any other British writer and his wartime experiences would have a profound effect on him both emotionally and artistically, shaping much of his output for the remainder of his life. Prior to the publication of his epic war-poem ‘In Parenthesis’, Jones had been an artist working in many modes, making numerous paintings, drawings and book illustrations, with a particular use of mythical imagery. The effects of revisiting his wartime memories to complete the first draft of ‘In Parenthesis’ were immense, and he suffered the first of several psychological breakdowns that would punctuate his life. Publication was delayed until 1937, by which time war memoirs had become more commonplace. However, this supreme work was ecstatically received by critics and ‘In Parenthesis’ is now widely regarded as one of the greatest ever literary works about war. ‘A Mythic Understanding’ will provide a timely introduction to anyone new to Jones’s work, as well as new perspectives for those taking a fresh look at this highly original and much neglected modern voice.


By Bus:We are on major bus routes, including the 12, 36, 171, 345 and 436.

By Tube:Northern Line to Oval and then take the 36 or 436 bus.

By Train:We are within walking distance of Denmark Hill Station.


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