AT THE WALNUT TREE INN, LLANDDEWI SKIRRID – an exhibition of paintings and etchings by DAN LLYWELYN HALL

‘Walking with Offa / Cerdded gydag Offa’

In 2021, Dan collaborated with nationally renowned poets to respond to the theme of Offa’s Dyke and the project Walking with Offa / Cerdded gydag Offa – Paintings and Poems – was used to for the official National Trails’ 50th anniversary celebrations of Offa’s Dyke Path.

Offa’s dyke is an earthwork that follows the border between England and Wales. It is thought to have been started in around 785 AD and to have taken several years to build. For 50 years the Offa’s Dyke Association have championed the public’s understanding, enjoyment and access to this monument as well as its conservation. The Dyke can be walked right through the year, with most people walking between April and October.

These works have been made largely ‘on location’ up and down the 1200 year old monument. These bold and weather-rich paintings explore the variety of landscape and the characters from past and present who have occupied this borderland.

‘Offa’s Dyke has always loomed large in my psyche. The frontier of a hinterland, past and present entwined. There is a rich border culture along the path that follows the dyke and a landscape with unrivalled variety. Walking its length is to take part in its story and sense how this ancient and modest mound will whisper on the wind’. Dan Llywelyn Hall

Dan Llywleyn Hall is a contemporary painter based in Wales. In 2013 he became the youngest artist to have officially painted the Queen – commissioned by the Welsh Rugby Union. Other notable portraits include Amy Winehouse and the last WW1 veterans. His paintings have featured in many public exhibitions such at the Saatchi Gallery, National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of Wales. In 2015 he became the first official artist in residence at the Cannes Film Festival.


The Art Shop, Abergavenny is curating regular exhibitions at the Michelin starred restaurant, the Walnut Tree Inn, showing works by some of our most dynamic and creative artists. Come and enjoy innovative and delicious dishes by one of Britain’s finest chefs, Shaun Hill, and sit amongst art by young, emerging artists and more established stars. An atmosphere brimming over with creative energy.

Please ask at either the Walnut Tree or The Art Shop to see a complete catalogue of artwork including full artists statements and prices. For all enquiries contact The Art Shop.

01873 852690

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