A changing exhibition of new work from gallery artsts including:
Lesley Birch, Louise Brown, Dai David, Carys Evans, Veronica Gibson, David Lloyd Griffith, David Grosvenor, Richard Hill, Nick Holly, Philip Huckin, Duncan Johnson, Mike Jones, Martin Llewellyn, Jane Malvisi, John McClenaghen, Rachel Ricketts, Kevin Sinnott, Judith Stroud, Zoe Taylor, Lyndon Thomas, Penny Timmis, Dewi Tudur and Nat Young
The people and streets of the South Wales valleys depicted by Alastair Elkes-Jones and the late George Chapman respectively.
Alastair was born in Llangollen in 1942 before moving to Mumbles in his early 30s. Painting has been a life-long pursuit that has seen him exhibit widely, whilst also own his own gallery in the early 2000s. Despite decades of successful exhibiting, Alastair embarked on and completed his Fine Art degree in Swansea in his early seventies but his painting technique changed little. His depictions of figures and his local coastline are made through successive layers of paint using both palette knife and brush to form his own expressive blend of texture and colour.
George Chapman was born in London in 1908, attended the Royal College of Art and the Slade School of Art. After visiting South Wales in the early 1950s he was inspired by the coal mining communities and became most notably known for his paintings of Rhondda valley streets. He was also an exceptional printmaker and produced 46 known etchings including the highly collected Rhondda Suite. His work is held in 23 public art collections including the National Museum of Wales and the Victoria and Albert Museum. George died in 1993 in Aberaeron where he had lived for many years.
A solo exhibition of 30 new landscapes from Martin Llewellyn.
Martin 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 has been strongly influenced by painters such as Charles Wyatt Warren, Gwilym Prichard and Sir Kyffin Williams both in terms of technique and subject matter, his preferred inspiration being the landscape of Snowdonia, Anglesey and the dramatic Pembrokeshire and Gower coastline.
A changing exhibition of new work from select gallery artists
It was always a pleasure, if a little stressful, putting on an exhibition for Gareth. He was meticulous about preparations and would only show work he was 100% happy with. He put a lot of pressure on himself and worried intensely about how each exhibition might play-out. The reality was that he always enjoyed great success because of the quality and consistency of his work.
On one hand, having an exhibition of the last works from his estate seems such a shame. This is it. There are no more. However, for me as a gallery owner and as someone who considered Gareth a friend, there is the joy, once more, of filling the walls with his work.
The last exhibition Gareth had was back in 2017 with his old college friend, Dewi Tudur. For me, it seemed only right that they pair up again for one last show together.
Their finished paintings couldn’t be more different. One, an expressive oil painter, the other a master of ink and watercolour; both, master draughtsmen. Together they give the viewer two endings to the same story that started in Carmarthen Art College forty or so years ago.