Paintings of St Dubricius

by Ed Kelly
Madley page

Four enormous paintings have been installed in Madley church. The paintings were dedicated by Bishop Anthony Priddis at a special service on Sunday 20th May 2012.

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The Bishop dedicates the paintings at Madley

"The paintings are stunning and will hang at the back of the church, under the tower and by the west door," said the vicar, Simon Lockett. "They tell the life of St Dubricius (Dyfrig in Welsh) who was born in Madley and went on to become a Bishop in Wales. They will be a major edition to our historic church."

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Bishop Anthony, Ed Kelly and Simon Lockett celebrating the dedication of the paintings.

The artist, Ed Kelly, lives in the Wye Valley after lecturing at Chelsea College of Art in London. The four paintings, depict moments in the life of St Dubricius, who was a prominent figure in Christian life in Herefordshire and South Wales in the 6th Century. His chief monastery was at Hentland, near Ross-on-Wye and there are 5 churches dedicated to him in the south of the County. Ed Kelly talked about the paintings after the service of dedication.

"We are not talking about gentle little pictures here," added Simon. "These paintings are twelve feet high and six feet wide – they are big! You will not be able to ignore them when you walk through the door, which we hope lots of people will do."

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