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Businessman offered to buy Welsh artist’s £25k Farage portrait just so that he could ‘burn it’

28 Sep 2021 2 minutes Read
David Griffiths’ portrait of Nigel Farage

An EU businessman offered to buy a Welsh artist’s portrait of Nigel Farage just so that he could “burn it publicly”.

Artist David Griffiths had failed to find a buyer for his £25,000 oil painting of the former Brexit leader at the Royal Academy’s summer exhibition in 2018.

But writing in his new autobiography, one of Wales’ most well-known portrait painters reveals that he did receive one offer for the painting after all.

“Without a doubt, the most bizzare reaction I had to the painting was a businessman from the Netherlands who wanted to purchase the painting for the sole intention of burning it publicly, as a publicity stunt!” he said.

‘Terrorist target’

Hunanbortread, a play on words that means self-portrait is the autobiography of David Griffiths, a Liverpool-born artist that moved to Pwllheli to escape Hitler’s bombs.

Griffiths studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London, and his impressive portfolio includes portraits of royalty, high-ranking politicans, and well-known musicians and actors.

One of the autobiography’s headings, ‘From Cynan to Calzaghe’ hints at the wide range of Welsh public life included between the book’s covers.

Amongst other politicians David Griffiths discusses in the book is George Thomas, ex-FM Rhodri Morgan, Senedd Llywydd Elin Jones and the contentious figure Enoch Powell, who was suspicious upon Griffith’s visit to his house as he had recently been informed he was “a potential terrorist target”.

It is believed that his portrait of Prince Charles on the occasion of his investiture as Prince of Wales in 1969 which first brought him to notoriety.

Hunanbortread has been edited by Arfon Haines Davies, a Welsh television presenter who began his career with HTV Wales during the 1970s.

Arfon Haines Davies joins the book’s publishers Gwasg Carreg Gwalch in conversation about the autobiography this Sunday. The event can be followed by clicking this link.

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Grayham Jones
24 days ago

Burn Farage with it stop being little Englanders and and be proud to be welsh kick all English party’s out of wales that’s the Tories Labour and all Brexit party’s it’s time for a new wales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

DANIEL Devaney
DANIEL Devaney
23 days ago
Reply to  Grayham Jones

We should kick all the Welch and Scottish out of our parliament

Dafydd Evans
Dafydd Evans
23 days ago
Reply to  DANIEL Devaney

Learn to spell will you…

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
22 days ago
Reply to  DANIEL Devaney

Kick all the “Welsh & Scottish” out of Parliament.

You couldn’t win a one legged buttock kicking contest.

#IndyWales 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿. #IndyCymru 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁷󠁬󠁳󠁿

Erisian
Erisian
24 days ago

What, no offer from Weatherspoons!?

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
24 days ago

The irony of a man with Huguenot heritage whose ancestors came here as refugees who was himself married to a German and whose children are German leading a motley crew of right wingnuts and Fascists in hatred of immigrants and Germans is unbelievable.

Worse yet are those true blue Brits who followed this modern Austrian corporal into the hell he created. Keep the portrait in a deep vault in Wales, export Farage to the Netherlands.

Hannergylch
Hannergylch
24 days ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

This portrait should be hung UPSIDE-DOWN at the European Parliament. A proportionate response to Farage’s yobbish behaviour on his last day there.

Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
23 days ago
Reply to  Hannergylch

Just hang the real one there

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
23 days ago

I’ve never seen him with his mouth shut before…

Dim problem
Dim problem
23 days ago

That £25k would be better spent at a local food bank or homeless shelter.

Barry Pandy
Barry Pandy
22 days ago
Reply to  Dim problem

Or a hitman for the real one.

Quornby
Quornby
22 days ago

Please remove this smirking image from your front page, it makes me ill.

Y Cymro
Y Cymro
22 days ago

The mistake was admitting his intentions. I’d have stayed silent, bought it, got all my friends around to have a party, then burned it.

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