A changing exhibition of new work from the gallery artists.
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.
‘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.