A revealing portrait – an example of showing, not telling ART FOR WRITERS
(c) Mrs Jennie Migallon; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation
I don’t think I have to say much about this week’s inspiring picture. It’s an arresting face staring back at the viewer, devoid of hope.
The title tells us everything we need to know. Miner 1927
Because the artist is Evan Walters we can be pretty sure the subject is a Welsh miner. And 1927 is the year after the General Strike when workers in Britain came out in support of the miners whose wages were being slashed and working conditions worsened. The slogan was Not a Penny off our Pay, Not a minute on the Day
The General Strike lasted nine days. The miners stayed out for months. Many were unemployed for years afterwards. Those that returned were forced to accept lower wages and longer hours.
And the story of that time is carved into this face.