This book presents, for the first time, a generous selection of colour reproductions of his paintings – portraits, landscapes, still lives – with a short biography of the artist. However, the bulk of the book is taken up by a host of responses to Walters’s work by leading artists and writers, including Shani Rhys James, Iwan Bala, Tim Davies, Mary Lloyd Jones, Jan Morris, Twm Morys, Rowan Williams, Dannie Abse, Byron Beynon, Wynn Thomas, Nigel Jenkins, Prys Morgan, Peter Stead, Karen Ingham, Aneirin Jones, Gladys Cour, Trevor Fishlock, Jon Gower, John Barnie and Peter Finch. The result peels away the layers from both Walters and his respondents, and becomes a fascinating commentary on creativity and inspiration.
All royalties are being donated to the Noah’s Ark Appeal for a children’s hospital in Wales.
Barry Plummer is a former journalist from south Wales who became an art historian, via a doctorate at the Courtauld Institute. He has lectured in Art History in south Wales for the last ten years, currently at Swansea Metropolitan University. He is the author of a history of the School of Art in Swansea and is currently preparing a full-length biography of Evan Walters.