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.”
A two-man show of new paintings by Nick Holly and Duncan Johsnon
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.