The Llanfyllin Workhouse is currently hosting the work of one of Britain’s most acclaimed wood engravers.

At Oriel y Dolydd, the Gallery at Llanfyllin’s historic Workhouse, an exhibit on the distinguished work of celebrated wood engraver Bob Guy is currently running until April 30.

Bob Guy, who passed away last year, was largely inspired by the Welsh countryside or townscape, as well as poetry, myth and legends within his work.

John Hainsworth from The Llanfyllin Dolydd Building Preservation Trust said: “Bob Guy established an outstanding reputation as an artist, illustrator and printmaker.

“His work combined meticulous craftsmanship with true originality and often a quirky sense of humour.

“This major, retrospective exhibition traces Bob’s career as an engraver.  There are a few works in other media but the focus is on his wood engravings: the perfect means of displaying Bob’s mastery of detail and his love of texture and form. 

“Nature is always closely, but never slavishly observed and the range of subjects is exceptional.  2Many relate to the Cain and Tanat Valleys or to the borderlands. 


In recent years Bob was commissioned to create works that convey the spirit of the Offa’s Dyke and Wales Coastal Paths, blending past and present.  He loved to work with poets and writers in a true spirit of collaboration.”

The exhibit was unveiled on March 1 as part of the Workhouse’s St David’s Day celebrations, accompanied by an evening of art, music and poetry and a speech by Llanfyllin mayor Cllr Peter Lewis.

The exhibit, titled ‘Bob Guy: A Life Engraved’, has been put together by Llanfyllin based artist Dan Llywelyn Hall together with Bob’s family.

The display is on view at the Workhouse every day from 10am to 4pm, until April 30 and admission to the exhibit is free.

Mr Hainsworth added: “Bob had helped to create Oriel y Dolydd and himself curated some memorable exhibitions. He will be greatly missed in Llanfyllin and beyond, but his art endures.”