Portraits of Protesters; A Collection of New Paintings by Seren Morgan Jones Documents Welsh Suffragists at the Start of the 20th Century. Karen Price Takes a Look at Them

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Portraits of Protesters; A Collection of New Paintings by Seren Morgan Jones Documents Welsh Suffragists at the Start of the 20th Century. Karen Price Takes a Look at Them


THESE striking portraits by Welsh artist Seren Morgan Jones feature some of the powerful women who helped shape our history But while the paintings at gallery/ten in Cardiff are all named after Welsh suffragists- from Val Terrill to Flora Copper and from Dorothy Knight to Jessie Jones - their faces are imagined.

The collection documents Welsh suffragists at the beginning of the 20th century. Jones seeks to expand the scope of traditional portraiture, constantly revisiting history and reimagining it, to provide a fresh look at Welsh women.

"As we approach the 100-year anniversary of British women being given the partial right to vote, I realised I knew very little about the part the women of Wales played in the suffrage movement," said Jones, who has a longstanding interest in female historic figures. "With Portraits of Protesters I hoped to explore the less well known individuals that made up the nameless masses who helped achieve the right to vote for British women.

"It is important the viewer can relate to these women and for this they must seem to have once lived. I hope these portraits give the viewer an opportunity to look these women in the eye, across the distance of time, to see what drove them and how the decades of protest and struggle affected them."

Each portrait is embedded in its time and loaded with historic references. …

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