188 posts about visual arts on this blog
Wednesday 29 June 2011, 13:05
Polish artist Josef Herman will forever be associated with the Welsh mining town of Ystradgynlais and his paintings of industrial Wales and the mining community.
To mark his importance on the visual arts world in Wales, the School of Art Gallery at Aberystwyth University is currently holding a centenary...
Tuesday 7 June 2011, 13:29
Paul Emmanuel has scooped the 2011 Welsh Artist of the Year award for his unusual and striking fleece paintings.
The artist, who lives and works on a farm in Penycau in the Swansea valleys, paints on sheep fleece rather than conventional...
Monday 6 June 2011, 12:32
Cardiff based pop-up gallery initiative project/ten opens a new gallery space this week, with an extended exhibition period and new artists added to the collective.
This time the exhibition is nearly a month long, where previous project/ten shows have been shorter in duration at around a week long.
Friday 20 May 2011, 11:19
The Mostyn Open Exhibition and Prize returns for 2011 following the Llandudno gallery's recent extensive refurbishment and extension. The exhibition will open to the public tomorrow, but not before the winning artist and recipient of the £10,000 prize is announced at the exhibition's private launch...
Thursday 5 May 2011, 12:35
A major retrospective of the work of Clive Hicks-Jenkins will open at the National Library of Wales this weekend in celebration of the artist's 60th birthday, with some 200 pieces of his work going on show.
Hicks-Jenkins was born in Newport in south Wales in 1951. He studied dance at Rambert in London...
Tuesday 26 April 2011, 13:20
This week's Radio Wales Arts Show takes a special look at one of Wales' most successful landscape artists, Gwilym Prichard, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year.
Prichard was born in Llanystumdwy, near Criccieth, in 1931. He trained Birmingham College of Art and taught in Anglesey until 1972, after...
Thursday 21 April 2011, 16:01
Three oil paintings by the late Welsh artist Sir Kyffin Williams are to be auctioned later this month, with each estimated to fetch in the region of £30,000.
The Welsh Sale auction, which will be held by Colwyn Bay auctioneers Rogers Jones & Co on 30 April, will feature many works by prominent Welsh...
Monday 18 April 2011, 11:52
Janes was born in 1911 over the fruit shop owned by his parents in Castle Square, Swansea. He studied at Swansea Grammar School and later attended the Swansea...
Tuesday 5 April 2011, 15:37
There's a great piece by Hannah Waldram on the Guardian Cardiff website today, which has alerted us at BBC Wales Arts Towers to a new street art project.
Paper Girl is a fresh arts initiative that involves an unusual way of distributing art work to the general pubic, which started in Berlin and has found...
Friday 18 March 2011, 12:00
The fourth and final film in the Framing Wales series has been the most problematic. Who to put in and who to leave out? It's impossible to decide in terms of worth or quality or reputation. There are so many fine artists working the length and breadth of Wales.
When I bump into friends in the street...
Thursday 17 March 2011, 09:00
My heart was not filled with joy as I drove with the film crew to Llandudno. The very name of that exquisite Edwardian resort is associated in my mind with its role as the venue for the annual conferences of political parties and trade-unions.
I was always a notoriously bad attender; I'd rather sit...
Monday 14 March 2011, 17:27
Having heard people describe Ifor Davies as the Grand Old Man of Welsh art, I thought I'd met the wrong Ifor Davies when I was introduced to him at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff.
We were due to film him the following morning for the fourth film in our series but, far from looking like he ought...
Thursday 10 March 2011, 14:25
Remoteness, I discovered in making this series, is a geographical description that must be used carefully in Wales.
Compared with, say, France or Italy, nowhere in Wales is remote from anywhere else in Wales. Geographically, we are the same size as the small American state of New Jersey but with less...
Wednesday 9 March 2011, 12:33
Standing on the southern flank of Craig y Llyn, trying to picture what Treherbert and the valley stretching away from me must have looked like in the late 1940s, I realised that our third film had to explain, among many other things, the umbilical connections between art produced in those days in London...
Wednesday 9 March 2011, 11:06
I knew of Graham Sutherland and had admired his work immensely, especially his portraits of Beaverbrook and Somerset Maugham, and the one of Churchill in particular. I thought it was an absolute disaster when his widow burnt the painting as a result of her promise to Winston before he died.
Thursday 3 March 2011, 17:46
Very spooky feeling. Wandering, alone, around the beautifully refurbished art galleries of the National Museum of Wales. In one of the huge rooms, our director, Steve Freer and the crew are setting up to film paintings by Ceri Richards and Graham Sutherland for the second programme in our series on the...
Thursday 3 March 2011, 15:15
Janes was one of the group of many talented Welsh artists who attended the Swansea School of Art in the 20th century, and was one of the Kardomah Boys...
Wednesday 2 March 2011, 14:55
I may not be the greatest admirer of his work, but we couldn't leave the artist David Jones out of our second film. He was the kind of semi-detached Welshman, born in England, partly of Welsh parentage, who becomes a disciple of what he imagines to be the essence of Welshness.
So, in his enthusiasm...
Wednesday 2 March 2011, 10:30
I loved Shani's paintings. They very much had their own style and they're all similar and all recognisably hers.
Her paintings have very staring, very hypnotic eyes. You can't look away from the self portraits, you find you are mesmerised and grabbed by those eyes looking right through you. And the...
Wednesday 23 February 2011, 14:00
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