Clive Hicks-Jenkins: Hansel & Gretel
1 September 2017 - 24 September 2017
Clive Hicks-Jenkins was born in Newport, South Wales, in 1951. The early part of his career was as a choreographer and stage director but now he is known primarily in Wales as a painter who has shown at the Martin Tinney Gallery for two decades. For the past four years, however, he has been intermittently, though ‘obsessively’, exploring the theme of Hansel & Gretel. Having seen images by the artist based on the fairy tale, Simon Lewin of the publishing imprint Random Spectacular encouraged him to illustrate a picture book. What he eventually produced was a reinvention of the Brothers Grimm story into a folk-horror cautionary tale for the 21st century. Family dysfunction, unhealthy appetites and manslaughter are at the heart of a world in which Liquorice Allsorts are deployed as weapons and gingerbread men bite back. George Romero meets the Brothers Grimm.
Prior to the book’s publication this September, Clive had been commissioned by Benjamin Pollock’s Toyshop in Covent Garden to design an assembly-kit Hansel & Gretel 'toy theatre’, which has just been published. The exhibition at Tegfryn will be offering original artwork from the toy theatre, the picture book and two alphabet primers, one in German and one in English.
Next year Clive Hicks-Jenkins will be designing and directing a newly commissioned work for chamber orchestra based on the theme of Hansel & Gretel, which will open in London before beginning a year- long national tour