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The work of artist Jonah Jones, whose craft encompassed sculpting, letter cutting, painting and writing is being showcased at an exhibition in Cardiff.

He helped Sir Clough Williams-Elis realise his vision for Portmeirion, the Italianate village in Gwynedd.

The son of a coal miner, he was born Leonard Jones on Tyneside in 1919.

A self-taught artist, he came to Wales in 1948, settling in Gwynedd and later Cardiff.

His work as a sculptor ranged from monumental figures (including some on the Cardiff museum building itself) and large abstract reliefs to portrait busts and small carved figures.

Profoundly religious, he was also inspired by the Welsh language.

Jones is also remembered as a letter cutter, who made finely carved inscriptions in Westminster Abbey commemorating Dylan Thomas and David Lloyd George

He also turned his hand in the 1960s to stained glass and mosaic murals. Throughout his life he worked in watercolour, turning in his last years to painted texts.

Chris Sabian is a portrait artist with http://www.kutefineart.com and owner of http://www.paragonprints.co.uk

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