Dylan Marlais Thomas (27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953) was a Welsh poet and writer whose works include the poems “Do not go gentle into that good night” and “And death shall have no dominion”; the “play for voices” Under Milk Wood; and stories and radio broadcasts such as A Child’s Christmas in Wales and Portrait of the Artist as a Young Dog. He became widely popular in his lifetime and remained so after his premature death at the age of 39 in New York City. By then he had acquired a reputation, which he had encouraged, as a “roistering, drunken and doomed poet.
Gianpiero Actis is the co-founder (with Aeronwy Thomas – Dylan Thomas’ daughter) of the art-literary movement “Immagine & Poesia”, and he often offers his artworks as “responses” to poems of different writers.
In December 2014 / January 2015 his successful personal exhibition “ARTIST’S GLANCES” at Promotrice delle Belle Arti (Torino Dec. 2014/Jan. 2015) opened a new way to pay tribute to the “EYES IN ART” of international acclaimed artists.
His artworks are in permanent exhibitions / collections in Italy and abroad (Promotrice delle Belle Arti, Torino /Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea Wales, /Musée de Huy, Belgium)
Innovation and deep cultural background are the main features of his artworks.
About his painting ‘Slight Wings’, Gianpiero Actis says, “Sometimes it happens that reading a poem or even just a few lines can spark inspiration in the artist’s mind. This is what happened to me when I read ‘No thought can trouble my unwholesome pose’ by Dylan Thomas.
The verses are:
Here is the thought that comes
Like a bird in its lightness,
On the sail of each slight wing
“These verses led me to imagine thoughts that come to us lightly, as carried on slender wings”.
“I tried to translate the Poet’s words into an image that would convey the idea of the lightness of flying thoughts,” he told Sindh Courier.
“The background is that of the dawn, the sun rises against the blue sky, it is the moment of awakening, the moment when the mind is conscious again and each thought – like a bird with its slight wings – begins to flow freely,” Gianpiero Actis said.