ART BURSARY-MADRID 2017

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.

I kept a blog while I was there, which you can visit on, ‘www.bonkersblu.simplesite.com

MORE THAN GUERNICA 

 

With the grateful aid of a bursary from ’Articulture’, I was able to visit ‘The Guernica’ by Picasso in Madrid. his related works, and to discover some of the graffiti around the city. I linked the trip by visiting the town, GERNIKA, which was bombed by Franco in 1937, and is the subject of Picasso’s painting. I was fortunate to see the exhibition of Abstract Expressionism, in Bliboa, on the way back. It was an extremely valuable journey to immerse myself in these works.

BLOG: bonkersblu.simplesite.com

 

GWAWRIO 2016-17

50 years further on, this exhibition begins with its roots in the events of Tryweryn, and the disaster of Aberfan. From there, it moves forward to the present day, and one of hope in the future. Drawings of people from Caernarfon are represented on the walls, supporting and embracing the works.

GWAWRIO

n the 25th of November 2016, GWAWRIO opened its doors in Galeri, Caernarfon with a number of framed pictures and a large blank canvas. Up to the opening event on the 22nd of December, I began on the task of developing and transforming the work to its completion.

I started working on the large painting which is the centrepiece of the exhibition, a work which merges aspects of Tryweryn and Aberfan. The floor represents the flow of water, common to both events. The lighting aims to give atmosphere and reflect the period. The people of Caernarfon feature in the exhibition, and are taken directly from studies of people going about their daily business around the town. They embrace and support the work as the paintings are integrated with them.

Time-lapse filming captures the development of the large painting for the viewer to see. It has been important for the public to have access to the exhibition from the very beginning. I wanted people to be able to engage with the developing work and myself, up until its completion on the opening night. The exhibition remains open until the 6th of January, 2017.

As time elapses and GWAWRIO draws to an end, the light level is raised and colour becomes more apparent. With rememberance and respect, the exhibition takes on a new life as well as a positive and hopeful outlook for the future.

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.

WELSH ASSEMBLY EXHIBITION, 2016

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.

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.

Tryweryn, December 2015

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.

TRYWERYN 2​

The pictures here, show some of the process involved in the making of Tryweryn 2, the second of two large scale paintings. The water is less dominant in the landscape, and instead, the layers of mud are revealed, as happens when the water receeds at times.The boulder shapes are prominent around the lake and particularly in the making of the dam, featured here. The ghost like trees cut across the scene as they do when you pass along the road. The water is isolated and represented as a contained block , glistening in the centre of the picture. The painting hung for a short time in 'Y Galeri’, Caernarfon. Work on the project is continuing, culminating in a show at the end of the year, 2016

TRYWERYN

The latest work to be completed, in the Galeri space, and commissioned by Theatre Genedlaethol Cymru, for a production called Ghost Dance, directed by Canadian Sarah Williams, and Eddie Ladd. I spent a lot of time researching the project, drawing and photographing the rehearsals, visiting Tryweryn, the site of what was once the village of Capel Celyn, now flooded by the reservoir. While I was waiting for the canvas to arrive, I decided to do a practice painting on the board , to back the canvas. It helped to get things going, but also to move on to another level with the canvas. The painting was completed through the course of the production in The Galeri, and as it turned out, for the entirety of the tour. I decided to leave out the details of events, structures and even people, in order to arrive at more of a monument to Tryweryn, what it was and what it has grown to be with time, to the present day, in its basic form. Having completed this work, I am keen to continue working and exploring the subject.

AR Y GWEILL, EISTEDDFOD 2015

​Accepted into the Art Space as one of the works chosen by a select jury, to exhibit in the Eisteddfod. The work entailed once again, working from the beginning in the public Gallery space for the duration of the event, and making drawing studies in the crowds and behind the scenes to the Eisteddfod. These were then selected from, and used in the final work, which was completed by the last day. It is likely to be hung next in the Welsh Assembly building, and then it is hoped to find a more permanent place for it in the community or a public building in Wales. ‘Throughout the week, Stephen Kingston will be producing a giant mural of the visitors to the Eisteddfod. The piece will connect directly with the experience of visiting the Lle Celf and you may see yourself, or somebody you know, featured in the work. It is essentially a performance piece, combining acute observation and skill through a fluid, expressive style of drawing’  Y Lle Celf 2015.

BHM, CARDIFF MILLENNIUM CENTRE 2015

Commissioned by the Millennium Centre, a large mural to cover a long and high wall space in the main building, and in addition to continue onto 25x7m  banners for the event itself. After researching the project, I decided to use the symbol of the eye, which would grow upwards and expand into an array of different eyes. The aim was to show the strong beginnings of Black people moving into Wales, particularly Cardiff and how that has continued to flourish. As well as remembrance, there is the celebration and positiveness that has grown from its beginnings to what it is now, and looking forward to an even brighter future. The eyes move upwards and across, like a shoal of fish or flock of birds taking flight. ‘Stephen has created a special mural celebrating and reflecting the vibrancy and vitality of Black History Month.’  Cardiff Millennium Centre 2015.

 

 Y WAL DOC, GALERI 2015

Commissioned by Y Galeri, to paint a mural on both facing curved walls at the entrance/exit from Y Galeri to Victoria doc. It draws on the people in Caernarfon as they come and go, at the same time connecting the inside and the outside of the building with all its movement and energy. ‘Many drawings were used observing local people in Caernarfon, to create this mural. It was commissioned by the Galeri, to cover both curved walls. The figures with all their vitality, reflect the movement inside and outside the Galeri, and the variety in the people passing through its doors.’

Y WAL2, GALERI 2013

With the success of the ‘Y Wal’ painting, I was asked to paint across another space, approx 8x13, to create ‘Y Wal 2’, which would take the subject of people in Caernarfon further, and concentrate on The Square/Y  Maes only. On both paintings, I enjoyed the challenges of working the forms and space in monochrome, and the depth that could be achieved in the subject. I also enjoyed drawing on Y Maes, and meeting people both there and in the public space of the Galeri where it was painted in the bar area. The success of this too, led to the first commission by Y Galeri for ‘Y Wal Doc’.

Y WAL,  GALERI 2012

Y Wal was a project started by Menna Thomas through Y Galeri, to promote artists, and give them an opportunity to use an approx. 8x8’ wall space for one month, and leave it to hang for a further month, before it was made available to another artist. I was successfully accepted to use this opportunity, and create ‘Y Wal’. This was based on people in Caernarfon, where I would sketch and study people in the centre, and translate these to the canvas.