Islwyn Watkins, 1938 to 2018 Welsh artist and more

Tonypandy born, Knighton resident and keeper of various family archives Islwyn Watkins has sadly died, aged 80.

Most widely known as an artist, a long-standing member of the Welsh Group which recently celebrated its 70th anniversary, he was also a teacher, ceramics expert and a Knighton community activist, amongst other things. Various of the wider Watkins family photos on Cutlock & Co came from his archive of material – he’s a cousin to our mum. Your editor was privileged to stay overnight at his home in the centre of Knighton, which was crammed with stacks of found material which could be turned into future artwork.

Islwyn was guest artist at Abstract Edge exhibition, Birmingham June 2008

We understand that family relations should receive details of funeral arrangements fairly soon. Others who would wish to be updated can contact Cutlock & Co if they aren’t in touch elsewhere.

It is expected that this piece will be expanded with more of a memorial of Islwyn’s life in due course. Your contributions welcome, via comments or the contact form. The ‘Bunch of Artists‘ article on this site, inspired by Islwyn, has recently acquired a couple of new web links about/by him in the notes.

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