Two artists that studied at the same time in Carmarthen College of Art in the late seventies now share a joint exhibition for the first time.
Dewi Tudur was born in Mold, Flintshire in 1957 and trained at Aberystwyth School of Art and Carmarthen College of Art from 1976 - 1980. In 2009 he retired from teaching to concentrate on painting full-time and in 2011 moved to Florence with his family. Over the years Dewi has built up a very steady and loyal group of collectors both in Wales and further afield by continuing to take part in Welsh group and solo exhibitions.
"I am inspired by timeless landscapes, for example a dusty road between isolated poplar trees with a solitary cottage perhaps occupying the distant hills. It is as if the impediments of a window pane have suddenly been erased and natural daylight floods through. Scenes I have witnessed, especially in Pembrokeshire and abroad, have strongly influenced me." - Dewi Tudur 2010.
Gareth Thomas was born in Swansea in 1955.
Dr. Ceri Thomas writing about Gareth for his 60th Birthday Solo Exhibition -
On one level, these works are about continuity, because they demonstrate his enduring “love of the act of painting” and an obvious ability to convey his direct experiences of the natural beauty and drama of his chosen locations. However, these latest works are also about change, as evidenced by an increased freedom and fluency. They have a new found maturity and, quite literally, more physical substance.
He considers himself to be a Gower boy, even though home for his first eighteen months of life had been on the eastern side of Swansea, perched on the slopes of Kilvey Hill with its dramatic, semi-industrial views over the sea and the docks below. It was his mother who, having been evacuated from Swansea to Gower during the war, was keen for her son to be raised in the more rural environment of that glorious, wild and wind-swept peninsula. And so it was then that he grew up at Pennard and developed his lasting love of – and need to be in – the great outdoors.
Gareth Thomas the mature artist has come to see himself as belonging to what is a well-established tradition of British Romantic landscape painting in oil and watercolour. These days he works almost exclusively in oil and mostly ‘en plein air’, having previously been principally a watercolourist. In 1986, three years after being elected to the Watercolour Society of Wales, he had an exhibition in the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. Straightforwardly titled ‘Welsh Landscapes’ and consisting mainly of watercolours, it was introduced by Gareth Stone Jones who, as his tutor at Trinity College Carmarthen, had encouraged a would-be Surrealist Gareth to “paint the way you can, not the way you want.”
Maestro, Visa Electron, Delta, Mastercard, Switch, Solo.
Light Breaking Through, Trearddur Bay.
21" X 14".
The White Bridge, Ilstom Cwm.
7" X 10".
Woodland Near Parkmill.
10" X 9".
Mawddach Estuary, Calm.
14" X 9".
Stefano Yn Ei Alfa Gulia 1972.
28" X 8".
Cartref, Carla Grimaldi.
19" X 9.5".
Giatiau Villa Pitiana.
19.5" X 8.5".