A one man exhibition of work based on the events of both Aberfan and Tryweryn.
The exhibition involved visiting and working at both sites, making drawings, paintings and photographs, as well as the background research. Water is a theme in both subjects which is visible in the floor, wall works and individual paintings.I started to paint the large canvas at the opening of the exhibition, and was finished by the end, which gave people an opportunity to visit and see the work changing. Drawings made on site of the people in Aberfan, are seen to support the paintings on the wall. There were many photographs too on both subjects. Also a video time-lapse of the painting in progress was made and shown on a loop in the exhibition.
Gratefully received a bursary of £300 from Articulture Wales, to visit and study the Guernica, and Picasso’s related works, at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid.
I looked at graffiti, murals and other outdoor works in the city itself. I managed to stretch the time to visit Guernica the town itself, in the Basque country, and the Gugenheim in Bilboa, to see the 'Abstract Expressionism' exhibition.
One-man exhibition at the Welsh Assembly building, Cardiff. 30th July to the 6th August, and two large paintings or murals to be hung there from the 30th July for 6 weeks. One is of the Eisteddfod 2015, and it coincides with the Eisteddfod 2016. Also showing is another large painting or muraj of Tryweryn. Thanks to the organisers of the exhibition, and for the sponsorship by Sian Gwenllian.
At the beginning of this year 2016, a new painting will commence in Y Galeri, under the Tryweryn theme. I hope that it will explore the subject further, and release some of the energy there, through the painting, the colours and the expressive way it will take shape.
Just completed a large painting, ‘Tryweryn’, to tie in with a performance called Ghost Dance, and commissioned by theatre Genedlaethol Cymru. It was completed in the Galeri space in public view, and stands as a monument linking what happened in the past to the present day. It is the beginning of what is likely to be a lengthy project, and it is hopeful that another painting will commence there soon, as this piece is likely to leave the Galeri shortly, and spend some time, at the Dance House in the Cardiff Millennium.
Just before the Tryweryn work, I was busily involved with a large scale piece at the Cardiff Millennium, as part of the Black History Month. It involved painting along and up a large wall there to approximately 20 feet. this will remain for some 6 months before being painted over. It also connected to 25x7m banners that hung for a short time, where the painting continued over to, from the wall. The banners themselves were organised by a local company, The Sustainable Studio.
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