Peter Wakelin is a writer and curator. He was formerly Secretary of the Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical Monuments of Wales and Director of Collections & Research at Amgueddfa Cymru-National Museum Wales. He has written for Art Review, Modern Painters and The Guardian. Among his books areWorktown: The Drawings of Falcon Hildred and Roger Cecil: A Secret Artist. His recent exhibitions have included Romanticism in the Welsh Landscape since 1770, Ffiniau: Four Artists in Raymond Williams’ Border Country, and Roger Cecil: In the Studio at MOMA Machynlleth.
Roger Cecil (1942–2015)
David Buckman of the Dictionary of Artists in Britain since 1945 said, ‘In nine years of gathering material for a dictionary containing over 10,000 names, he remains the most impressive discovery.’ He was one of the most able and prolific artists of his generation but he was unmoved by exhibitions, groups or status and he remained all his life in the mining valley where he grew up, often working as a labourer and open-cast miner to support his art.