“Artist and writer David Jones (1875-1974) is less well known than he should be among his modernist contemporaries, though his work was hailed and promoted by W.H. Auden, T.S.Eliot, and many others. His unusual and compelling visual and poetic work is in many ways ahead of the modernist era in which he worked. Drawing on a variety of cultural and historical contexts, including Welsh legend and myth, Roman history and Catholic Christian theology, his visual art and his poetry develops and explores explore the “sacramental” practice of the artist in a world torn by violence and cultural fragementation. His essay “Art and Sacrament” has been hailed by Rowan Williams as “one of the most important pieces of writing in the twentieth century on art and the sacred.” His major poems, In Parenthesis, The Anathemata, and The Sleeping Lord offer an experience of lyric beauty and epic scope that is rare and compelling…”(via)
Art is a journey into the most unknown thing of all - oneself. Nobody knows his own frontiers… I don’t think I’d ever want to take a road if I knew where it led.