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John Morgan-Guy

AHRC Project Research Fellow (2005–8)

The artist Josef Herman, who was inspired by Welsh landscapes and townscapes, believed that religion and art have this in common: they use metaphor to express experience. The priest-poet-sculptor Moelwyn Merchant asserted that art was but one pathway to truth, and the vocation of the Christian artist is, in a spirit of awe and reverence, to follow that pathway, exploring the mystery of the Word made flesh, and glorying in it.

I share those insights and beliefs. They are what drew me to this project, and excited me about its potential. Over three years, through the research and field-work, by talking to artists – and to others about artists and art – these metaphors that express profound thought, feeling and experience were explored, and art-works interpreted, in all their richness and complexity, by placing them in their theological, social and historical contexts, as well as their artistic ones.

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John Morgan-Guy retired from the University in 2011.

John Morgan-Guy