Peter Jones – Jonah Jones 1919-2004 – 23rd February 2019

Posted on Jan 21, 2019


Peter Jones was born in 1952 in Tremadog, Gwynedd. During the 1970s he worked as a letter-cutter in the Jonah Jones workshop. He then served as an editor in BBC Monitoring in Reading for 21 years, specialising in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and also worked on secondment at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office as an analyst in 1997-99. He has contributed to BBC Radio Cymru, S4C and various Welsh publications for 38 years on various subjects. He is the author of Jonah Jones: An Artist’s Life and the editor of Dear Mona: Letters from a Conscientious Objectorby Jonah Jones. He co-curated the current Jonah Jones centennial exhibition at Plas Glyn-y-Weddw.

Jonah Jones 1919–2004

Born in the NE England, Leonard Jones, better known as Jonah, became a highly regarded sculptor who settled and practiced in Wales .During the Second World War he was a conscientious objector but found himself heavily involved at the front as a non combatant member of the Medical Corps. It was after demobilisation that he was able to pursue his artistic career and became involved with artists John Petts then Eric Gill honing his skills of lettering and stone carving. He later established a workshop where he was able to earn a full time living as an artist/ sculptor in Wales.He taught himself traditional techniques of stained and leaded glass in addition to watercolour  painting.; David Jones was a major inspiration. As an author he produced illustrated books and wrote  novels and a biography of Clough Williams-Ellis. The Welsh language was inspirational to him as was Christian imagery and he was involved in education. This multifaceted and multitalented man left a substantial body of work in  institutions and public places from Ampleforth in Yorkshire to Newport . His last 15 years were spent in Cardiff at Llandaff.