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LARGE WELSH LANDSCAPE OIL PAINTING BY ARTIST TOM KINSEY/ KATZ
A LARGE OIL PAINTING OF RURAL WELSH LABOURERS BY 60'S ARTIST TOM KINSEY. SET ON CANVAS IN ORIGINAL FRAME, DEPICTING MALE & FEMALE FARMERS AT WORK IN THE FIELDS. KINSEY WAS KNOWN FOR HIS DEPICTION OF ''SIMPLE, MONUMENTAL PEOPLE'', ADMIRED BY L.S LOWRY WHO BOUGHT SOME OF HIS PAINTINGS.
BOUGHT PRIVATELY FROM FAMILY FRIENDS OF THE ARTIST WHO COMMISSIONED THE PAINTING WHILE LIVING IN NANTLLE NORTH WALES. SOLD WITH LETTER OF AUTHENTICITY FROM THE FAMILY

EXTRACT FROM GUARDIAN 2000:
Tom was born in Czechoslovakia; his mother was of Austrian aristocratic descent, his father a Catholic doctor who devoted himself to the republican cause - specifically the anarchists - in civil-war Spain for two years. In 1939, his parents brought him to England. He spent his adolescence in the Welsh border country and was educated at Ellesmere College, Shropshire. In 1947, inspired by a passing van proclaiming “Kinsey, tripe dealers of Flint”, he formally changed his name from Katz, his father’s surname.
In the 1950s, he studied at St Martin’s and the Royal College Of Art, where he moved into the milieu of the likes of John Minton, Jeffrey Bernard and Quentin Crisp. In 1953, Tom featured at the Young Contemporaries, and the Artists For Peace exhibitions. The latter was sponsored by John Berger, Josef Herman and Stanley Spencer. His early style was heavily influenced by the 20th-century Flemish painter Constant Permeke.
In 1958, Tom left the RCA and moved to Snowdonia to paint, work in the slate quarries and pursue his fondness for mountain climbing - he led local rescue teams. His subject became the north Wales hill-farmers, men with huge hands, hard faces and wonderfully expressive eyes, the pictorial equivalent of RS Thomas’s poems - “simple, monumental people”, in the words of a 1969 Guardian review. “These paintings are different,” observed LS Lowry, who bought three of them. “They have life.”
At the same time, Tom became involved in CND, the Committee of 100, and the Spies For Peace group. He was distinguished by his talent for organisation and his anarchic, mischievous sense of humour.
With Pottle, he was a secretary of the Bertrand Russell Peace Foundation. He travelled to eastern Europe as Russell’s emissary, and, during the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, sent admonitory telegrams under Russell’s name to the Soviet leader Nikita Kruschev and to President Kennedy - and another to Russell telling him that his name had been attached. The philosopher approved.
In the later 1960s, the home Tom shared with his then wife, Anna, and his sons, John and Tim, at Nant Gwynant became a haven for lost souls, pop stars and counter-cultural illuminati, with whom he plotted, informed by his interests in everything from Aneurin and Dafydd ap Gwilym to Jelly Roll Morton And His Red Hot Peppers.
For some years, he gave up painting because, he said, the people he had painted were no longer there. During this period, Tom became, to his amusement and the consternation of friends, the world’s only anarchist master of foxhounds, a Snowdonian foot-hunt. When he began to paint again, in the late 1980s, the subject of one of his more striking works was of Leon Trotsky dressed as a foxhunter. Trotsky, Tom had discovered, was an enthusiast of the hunt.
During the last decade, Tom’s paintings, spiced by his impish humour, reflected his interests in jazz and anarchism. His extraordinary work had become “deeply unfashionable”, he was amused to be told by the critic Brian Sewell. One of these paintings, based on Christ’s Entry Into Brussels by the late 19th-century Belgian expressionist James Ensor, depicted Margaret Thatcher leading a New Orleans marching band through London, followed by the homeless, the National Front and the various grey suits of her legacy.
In 1998, Tom sold up in Wales, and drove his elderly, four-wheel-drive Daihatsu off to a new, cheaper lif
Ref: TOM KINSEY OIL PAINTING
Price: £1,650
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18TH CENTURY COLOURED MAP OF ANGLESEY 'ANGLESEA'
A CLEAN 18TH CENTURY MOUNTED & FRAMED MAP OF ANGLESEY NORTH WALES, THE ARFORDIR HIGHLIGHTED TOGETHER WITH DESCRIPTION TO THE UNDERSIDE AND REVERSE ALSO GLASSED. FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION

DIMENSIONS:
MAP: 23CM BY 17CM
FRAMED: 38CM BY 32CM
Ref: ANGLESEA MAP INC REVERSE SCRIPT
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