Josef Herman 1911–2000 Josef Herman was a Jewish Polish refugee; fleeing anti-Semitism he arrived in Britain at the beginning of World War 11. From 1944 for eleven years he lived in a Ystradgynlais, a mining community in South Wales. Arguably his best work stemmed from this period. The style of his drawings – he was an accomplished graphic artist, and his paintings reflects the ruggedness and quiet heroism of their subjects.
John Bellany 1942–2013 John Bellany was born into the strongly Calvinist fishing community of Port Seton, East Lothian. He fought against the prevailing conservatism of Scottish painting firstly as a student in Edinburgh and then as a post-graduate student in London. Initially his subject matter was his family and community and their lives as boat builders and fishermen. His work, influenced by German Expressionism is powerfully expressive. As his career progressed he adopted a more colourful palette and evolved a highly personal form of symbolism, searching for original and urgent ways to express and celebrate his understanding and experience of an at times turbulent life.