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Sue Williams exhibition at Oriel Ffin y Parc Gallery

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Laura Chamberlain Laura Chamberlain | 12:02 UK time, Tuesday, 11 October 2011

An exhibition of new work by Wales-based artist Sue Williams has gone on show at the Oriel Ffin y Parc Gallery in Llanrwst.

Williams is a lecturer at the School of Fine Art at Swansea Metropolitan University. She won the Fine Art Gold Medal at the National Eisteddfod in 2000 in Llanelli, and in 2006 was shortlisted for the second Artes Mundi prize, the only British artist nominated for the prestigious visual arts prize.

This new exhibition, entitled Poke Me!, runs at the north Wales gallery until 31 October. It contains 60 new pieces of Williams' striking and unique portraits of women. As the gallery's website puts it:

The women in her paintings may be debased or miserable, but they have a self-awareness that alters the power dynamics and changes the relationship between viewer and viewee; perpetrator and victim. At some level they know that they are being watched, and are keen for us to respond.

This is especially true of this show, which has been inspired by the profiles that are found on Facebook, and other social networking sites, where the lines between private and public, isolation and intimacy are erased.

AngelDeeLite Mixed Media on Canvas 2011 © Sue Williams

AngelDeeLite Mixed Media on Canvas 2011 © Sue Williams

PenthousePet Mixed Media on Canvas 2011 © Sue Williams

PenthousePet Mixed Media on Canvas 2011 © Sue Williams

You can view more of Sue Williams'  work on the Oriel Ffin y Parc Gallery website. The gallery is open to the public Tuesday to Saturday from 10am-5pm and from 11am-5pm on Sundays.

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