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Former Wales goalkeeper’s stunning Dafydd Iwan painting

04 Jun 2022 2 minute read

It was the moment Dafydd Iwan’s stirring classic ‘Yma O Hyd’ took on a life of its own.

Now former Wales goalkeeper Owain Fôn Williams has captured the emotive moment when the singer belted out his anthem at the Cardiff City Stadium

The recently retired stopper, who was member of Wales’ Euro 2016 squad, is also a remarkable artist – famed for his paintings, many of which depict memorable moments in Wales football history.

In his latest painting, Owain dedicates his work to Dafydd Iwan who he describes as one of his heroes.

Prints of the painting and many other Welsh football themed artworks can be purchased from his website.

The former professional footballer who played for the likes of Stockport County, Tranmere Rovers, Inverness Caledonian Thistle and Dunfermline Athletic and is currently goalkeeping coach for USL League One side Northern Colorado Hailstorm FC, has always had a passion for art.

“I used to draw and colour in my favourite goalkeeping gloves as a child, and then as I grew older I started more complexed pieces using different mediums,” he said. “When I paint, it is an escape from the everyday demands of being a footballer. I am able to clear my mind and go in to my own world for a moment….often hours.

“Having moved away from home at the age of 16, art has kept me in touch with the culture and history of home, Dyffryn Nantlle, Wales.

“I gain inspiration from the generations of my family that worked in the hardship of the slate quarries, and their brotherhood bond that created a community. I am proud of my roots and of my Welsh identity and I hope my pride shows in my work.”

To view and buy Owain’s work visit his official website HERE

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