A mixed exhibition of new work from the gallery artists
Michael de Bono
Martin John Fowler
Shirley Anne Owen
Nick John Rees
This exhibition of paintings, hand-signed etchings and reproduction prints gives collectors a unique opportunity to purchase some of the last pieces from the Valerie Ganz estate.
Valerie Ganz was born in Swansea and attended Swansea College of Art and studied painting, sculpture and stained glass. She remained as a tutor until 1973 when she turned her attention to painting full time.
As her interest in the landscape of South Wales grew, her attention was drawn to the landscape of industrial areas and, in particular, the mining industry. Over a period of many years, she worked at fourteen different collieries including a 12-month secondment to Six Bells in Abertillery where she took a house and studio. She was also commissioned by the National Coal Board which led to her working at three open cast mines for another year. Valerie’s interest in people and their lives wasn’t restricted to those of the coal industry though. She also spent a year in London at the Central School of Ballet, travelled to New Orleans to paint jazz musicians, visited Patagonia and painted workers on the desert oil rigs, documented the lives of in-mates at Swansea Prison and immersed herself in the Swansea nightclub scene; all of these passions culminating in hugely successful exhibitions in London and South Wales.
Nestled within our Summer Group Exhibition, we devote the lower gallery to Sian McGill who has produced 22 new paintings of her favourite places from around Wales.
A two-man show of landscapes and figures from around Wales.
Alastair Elkes-Jones was born in Llangollen in 1942 and spent his childhood and formative years in the industrial and rural climate of North Wales. Since 1971 he has lived on the South Wales coast working at his studio in Mumbles. Painting had been a life-long pursuit unencumbered by formal training until in 2014, he finally decided to complete an MA in Fine Art.
David Grosvenor who now lives in Criccieth has been painting and exhibiting widely in Wales since moving to the area in 1991. He is now one of the most widely collected artists in Wales and he has work in private collections the world over including many European countries. He has previously had work selected for exhibition at the Royal Cambrian Academy and has work in a collection at the House of Lords as well as the National Library of Wales.
‘Urban landscape and heavy industry are commonly perceived as unsightly and ugly. My objective for thirty years as an artist and printmaker has been to challenge the ways in which these landscapes are perceived.
My new collection of work borrows from these same principles and explores the ways that farmed land and townscapes are connected. Natural landscapes are malleable; carved and cultivated, shaped and transformed, creating pattern and repetition that gesture to similar characteristics in urban landscape. Using hand-printed paper and a carefully-considered palate, I have assembled compositions that denote a familiar sense of place’.
Sarah has worked with a number of clients to create bespoke artwork for interior spaces, including a commission for John Lewis Stores, Cardiff to create an exclusive set of mono-type screenprints for their Espresso Bar. In 2012 her work was purchased by the Palace of Westminster for the Parliamentary Art Collection and is displayed at Portcullis House. Her work is also held at the National Library of Wales, Contemporary Arts Society of Wales and in many private collections.
An exhibition of rugged landscapes and intimate rural scenes of Wales.
Although she was born in the great industrial city of Coventry, Mary Edwards has spent most of her life in the country and nearly all of that in the Welsh Borders of the Wye Valley. Her paintings give intriguing views of life, which though contemporary, are intensely nostalgic, often rustic snapshots of a way of life that many people are tempted to think has long passed by. Mary regularly exhibits at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition and RWA Open Exhibition.
Martin Llewellyn was born in Neath in South Wales in 1963. A completely self-taught painter, he takes his inspiration from the dramatic coastline and landscape of his native land. Although beginning as a watercolour painter he has, in recent years, discovered the dramatic possibilities of working in oils with a palette knife. Martin exhibits widely across Wales and in London.
A changing exhibition of new work from the gallery artists.