Shani Rhys James

1 July 2014

An intimate insight into the work of Shani Rhys James, one of Wales' leading artists.

Rhys James is an Australian-born artist who moved to London with her family when she was nine.

My studio is like a very calm space in which to do disturbing paintings

She studied Fine Art at Saint Martin's School of Art, London in the mid-1970s and settled in Wales in 1984.

The artist lives and works in a renovated 17th-century house and barn in Llangadfan, mid-Wales. Her studio space is filled with striking paintings, which combine domestic scenes with intense self-portraits often depicting powerful childhood memories.

This intimate film follows the artist as she prepares for an exhibition in Aberystwyth and captures her deep in concentration, at work on a new large oil painting.

Preview Clips

Red Ground II, 2014, detail

Rhys James at Your Paintings

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