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Will Roberts exhibition at the Attic Gallery, Swansea

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 16:10 UK time, Friday, 3 September 2010

An exhibition of 36 paintings and drawings by Welsh artist Will Roberts, which commemorates the 10th anniversary of his death, opens at the Attic Gallery in Swansea this weekend.

Will Roberts' painting River At Chepstow

Will Roberts' painting River At Chepstow

Roberts, who was born in Ruabon in north Wales in 1907, is regarded as one of the greatest Welsh painters of the 20th century. In 1918 his family moved to Neath, where he spent the majority of his life.

Will Roberts' painting Roses In A Jug

Will Roberts' painting Roses In A Jug

He joined the Swansea School of Art on a part-time scholarship in 1928. In 1949 Roberts participated in an Arts Council of Great Britain touring exhibition of the work of contemporary Welsh artists. He exhibited in London throughout the 1950s and by the early 1960s exhibited predominantly in Wales.

His meeting with Josef Herman in 1945, and subsequent work in collaboration with the Polish-born artist, gave Roberts a new artistic impetus.

Working alongside Herman, Roberts developed his own unique style that focused on the medium of painting or drawing to capture an emotional experience, rather than the straight rendering of the subject in front of him. He died in March 2000 aged 92.

Will Roberts RCA - A Commemoration runs at the Attic Gallery from 4-18 September 2010.

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