Thin Partitions - artist Ken Elias
As well as being a practising artist Ceri is an expert on the subject of Wales' visual culture since 1945 and the book he's edited on Elias' art is out to coincide with a major retrospective exhibition at the National Library in Aberystwyth.
He was born and grew up in Glynneath where the cinema at the Welfare Hall played a great part in his childhood due to the fact that he would accompany his Aunty Katy to her work as an usherette there. Those filmic images recur in his work even today.
From Glynneath Ken Elias went to study art in Cardiff and Newport at an exciting time for the visual arts and his work in collage, prints and photomontage show both the contemporary influence and that of the movies of his childhood.
When I went to interview Ken at his home last week, there were several paintings in progress in the studio. He told me he likes to work on more than one piece at a time and builds them up gradually.
He said he's delighted both with the retrospective exhibition (which will travel to the Royal Cambrian Academy and later to Aberdare next year) and with the book but stressed that there was plenty of work still to be created and that no-one should view the National Library exhibition as a complete summing up of his work.
That interview forms part of the Radio Wales Arts Show on Thursday 22 October when I'll be joined in the studio by Ceri Thomas.