Denis Mathews (1913-1997) was a well-known painter, printmaker, draughtsman and art critic. He was born in London, son of the Canadian artist Richard George Mathews, and studied at the Slade School 1930-33 and 1935-36. He exhibited with The London Group, Redfern Gallery and Agnews, and had his first one man show in 1947 at The Leicester Galleries. Mathews was secretary of The Contemporary Art Society 1945-56 and he illustrated 'A Book of Burgundy' by Pierre Poupon and Pierre Forgeot, published in 1958. His work is represented in several public collections, including The Tate Gallery, Imperial War Museum and the Government Art Collection. He lived at Felin Bach in Brecon and signed his work simply ‘Denis’.