A new exhibition launched at Y Galeri, Caerphilly comprises of work by a number of talented artists working in a variety of media including painting, printmaking and sculpture with much of the work inspired by Wales and its people.
Included is new work from Luke Barker. This newcomer’s work is starting to gain momentum on the Welsh art scene. His bold and expressive small scale paintings in oil and spray paint received huge interest earlier this year, both at Y Galeri and at St David’s Hall, Cardiff where his work was selected for the Welsh Artist of the Year exhibition. Some of his popular rooftops can be seen on display but also on show are a number of his highly striking portraits and self portraits.
Georgina Brownlow’s collographs represent a combination of her recorded experiences, recollected images and memories of often isolated and remote rural and coastal areas. Buildings she has passed and drawn frequently find their way into many of her pieces. She has always had a love of strong tonal contrast, initially through her training in Raku fired ceramics, but more recently by using print as a medium. The process of producing a plate itself, prior to the inking up and printing satisfies a lifelong love of collage. Never knowing quite what she will find when she pulls back the paper is still exciting.
The work of Abergavenny artist Louise Collis is inspired by the beautiful mountains and fantastic coastline which she finds on her doorstep. This artist is inspired by the changing colours, light and history of the landscape. Working on location she takes her sketchbook everywhere and can often be found on a hillside sketching or, if the weather is wet, sat in her car with her paints on the dashboard. Working in oils, her palette is vibrant and her paintings spontaneous.
Port Talbot artist Bert Evans sees beauty is his everyday surroundings especially the industrial landscape of the Welsh valleys. Much of his subject matter is from what he sees on a day to day basis resulting in simple scenes which capture everyday life. His inspiration always starts with light and its effect on colours and form. In this show he has captured many welsh towns and its people including Cowbridge, Pembroke, Tenby and Caerphilly, with one of his paintings depicting the town’s Glanmor’s Tea Rooms.
Inspiration for Caerphilly based artist and art tutor Howard Jones comes from various sources. In this exhibition we see contrasts in his work. From his delicate watercolours capturing rolling hills and panoramic views of the South Wales countryside to his vibrant still life pieces in watercolour on Yupo paper.
After a hugely successful showing of his exhibition at Y Galeri last month and his Octopus in the Moat around Caerphilly Castle, Tonypandy sculptor Barry Lewis has certainly made an impact with his work. He returns with some of his smaller works created from upcycled materials including his latest piece, the Fish Knife Eagle. The Idea of recycling is central to his work and the resulting mixture of materials, their age, and the previous use of the objects incorporated in the sculptures, adds another dimension.
Sue McDonagh’s joyous appreciation of life is abundantly evident in the vibrant quality of her paintings, yet a less straightforward entry into the world of art couldn’t be imagined. Sue was a serving policewoman in Essex when she was diagnosed with advanced ovarian cancer. During one of her hospital stays she began to draw the staff and other patients and discovered a talent for portraiture. Having been given the all clear from cancer, she subsequently moved to South Wales and continually explored new artistic territories and means of expressing herself. She now lives and works from her studio and gallery in Cowbridge.
Supporting the group exhibition is a profile of new work from Jan Beeny. Following a number of years successfully producing ceramic animal pieces, Jan Beeny has taken some time out to concentrate on this new series based around the human figure. The pieces in this profile depict aspects of friendship from the viewpoint of a child: seeking friends; making friends; enjoying friends. They have been directly informed by her observations of school playground behaviour – children and adults! All pieces are hand formed from thin sheets of clay which have often received imprinted textures. The surfaces are created using a variety of objects – found, natural and man-made objects as well as stamps that Jan designs and manufacture specifically for the piece. The work is coloured with oxides, commercial stains and coloured slips and fired to earthenware temperatures.
The exhibition and profile will be on display until 14th September. Y Galeri is open 10am -5pm, Tuesday – Saturday.