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Irwin, Bernard, Smith, Jesse Leroy: Light yourself on fire with passion, signed and dated 2016, photo etching with hand colouring (4 of an edition of 25), 67 x 57 cms.


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"In this photo etching we look back at an event that remembered the lives of miners through words and music and lit a fuse as Wesley had when he preached at Gwennap sending out rivers of fiery passion that would take Methodism across the world wherever the miners, whose skills and knowledge were keenly sought, migarted."

Over the summer of 2016 Bernard Irwin and Jesse Leroy Smith embarked on a remarkable journey through the mining landscapes and heritage of Cornwall and West Devon. As they traveled they were joined along the way by t a host of artists, mining experts and enthusiasts, geologists, historians, archivists, book conservators, school children and members of the public. Each one contributed, through their participation, to the richness of experience and the depth of content so evident in all the artworks created along the way. All of this activity culminated in the creation of the suite of ten copper plate etchings made under the expert guidance of John Howard at his Penryn print studio. The final ten etchings are presented in handmade presentation boxes constructed by Elizabeth Neville & Louis Bauress & two Heritage Lottery Funded conservation trainees, Keira McKee ann Rhea Evers, in collaboration with the artists and St. Justin Jewellers.