James Dickson Innes Film

Local artist James Dickson Innes who attended Carmarthen School of Art (Oriel Myrddin) in 1902 and was for a time a companion of Augustus John. The film will be downstairs in Carmarthen Library and start at 11am on Friday 23rd November 2018.

All are welcome. Croeso i bawb!

According to Wikipedia:

James Dickson Innes was born on 27 February 1887 in Llanelli, in south Wales. His father, John Innes, who had come from Scotland, was an historian and had an interest in a local brass and copper works; his mother was of Catalan descent. He had two brothers, Alfred and Jack.

His parents sent him to be educated at Christ College, Brecon. Afterwards he studied at the Carmarthen School of Art (1904–05), from where he won a scholarship to the Slade School of Art in London (1905–08). His teachers at the Slade included P. Wilson Steer.

From 1907 he exhibited with the New English Art Club; and in 1911 he became a member of the Camden Town Group. The Camden Town Group included Walter Sickert who was an influence on Innes’s art, and Augustus John with whom Innes became friends.[3]

In 1911 he had a two-man exhibition with Eric Gill at the Chenil Gallery, London: “Sculptures by Mr Eric Gill and Landscapes by Mr J. D. Innes”.

The Welsh politician and philanthropist Winifred Coombe Tennant (1874–1956) was an important patron of his work.

In 1913 Innes exhibited in the influential Armory Show in New York City, Chicago and Boston.

In 1911 and 1912 he spent some time painting with Augustus John around Arenig Fawr in the Arenig valley in North Wales; but much of his work was done overseas, mainly in France (1908–13), notably at Collioure, but also in Spain (1913) and Morocco (1913) – foreign travel having been prescribed after he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Eventually, on 22 August 1914, at the age of twenty-seven, he died of the disease at a nursing home in Swanley, Kent.