John Abell studied at the Camberwell College of Art, and now lives and works in Cardiff. He is well known for his large scale wood block prints, and colourful water colour painting, linocuts and etchings, that explore the love and lust of the human condition. He is photographed here at the opening of the Becca and her Children Exhibition at Newton House, Dinefwr, Llandeilo in January 2020.
Trezza Azzopardi was born in Cardiff, she has published four novels and been translated into more than twenty languages. She teaches creative writing at the University of East Anglia and lives in Norwich, where I photographed her at the Cathedral.
Hilary Bryanston ‘s studio complex over looks the Swansea Valley at Ynsmeudwy, near Pontardawe. She is a multi media artist, painting, stone carving, ceramics and assemblage. She runs workshops and tuition as well as making her own work from her home.
Richard Billingham, Artist, Photographer, film maker, and teacher was born in 1970, he graduated in Art from Sunderland University. His early work documented family life in a council flat in the West Midlands, which was nominated for The Turner Prize. He now lives with his family in Swansea and in 2018 was presented with the Wakelin Award for his landscape photograph in the picture.
Justin Carroll, lives and works from his home/studio in Llandaff in Cardiff and studied at UWIC.
Michael Chaitow – Caersalem – Abergwynfi
‘’Michael Chaitow is a painter whose work has a symbolist quality through themes developed from nature and natural forms as well as the human figure’’.
Since the 1980’s his studio has been in Caeralem a former Baptist Chapel in Abergwynfi, near Port Talbot.
‘’ His paintings share something of the form and metaphysical concerns of William Blake, although possibly in a more self-consciously heroic vein’’.
Tim Hilton, The Guardian.
Sister Wendy Beckett wrote: ‘’ Your work is overwhelmingly strong, a powerful vision. You have a great gift for landscape, which I hope you will allow full scope. The work is visionary, like Palmers, but with power’’.
He studied at Central St.Martins School of Art, under Cecil Collins and worked for a few years in advertising.
His main influences are Christian icons, Hindu Stone carvings and artists, Graham Sutherland, Francis Bacon and Cecil Collins.
Gill Clement is a nationally renowned jewellery designer. Her initial training was at the Sir John Cass School of Art in London, when she supplied both Harrods and Liberty. In 1994 she opened her studio and shop in Newton Road, Mumbles, Swansea.
In particular she uses pewter to create patterns, shapes and colours in her elegant jewellery.
Muriel Clement is a weaver who has taught and travelled widely, her tapestries encompass the changing pattern of the earth, sea and sky with a passion for colour and form. She is photographed here at her home in Mumbles, Swansea.
Alys Conran published her first novel ‘Pidgeon’ in 2017 and was awarded Wales Book of the Year, her second novel ‘Dignity’ was published in 2019. She teaches creative writing at Bangor University and is photographed here at her home in Bethesda.
Adrian Davies now lives and works from his home in Llanarthne, Carmarthenshire, he has spent most of his career teaching and working in his own unique artistic style.
His first college was the Swansea College of Art, followed by an ATD at Leicester Polytechnic/University, and a MFA Masters in Fine Art at Reading University. From 1973 to 2005 he taught at various colleges ending up as head of Art and Design at Trinity College, Carmarthen, He has had many awards and Solo exhibitions.
Since 1964 he has been interested in Cwm Clydach and the area around Craig Cefn Parc, where he met his wife. He has drawn, painted and photographed the former mining area, now nature reserve until today.
Rose Davies (Rosie Scribblah)
“Artist, Print Maker, Ageing Headbanger, Feminist, Activist, Mad Cat Woman, Cake Maker, Accidental Archaeologist, Mud Wrangler, Wild, Welsh, and Opinionated. I work directly from life, carrying a sketchbook at all times looking for any opportunity to have a scribble.” – Rose Davies
Alan Figg studied lithography and stained glass design at the Swansea College of Art. He has been a teacher of Art since 1962 in Bournemouth and Swansea and a Director of Swansea Print workshop. He has concentrated on Linocut and woodblock printing. His work is available at The Attic Gallery in Swansea, and if you are lucky like myself a lovely Christmas card.
Gill Figg NDD ATD MPhil MA
Siloam, Pentre Estyll
Gill Figg a fine watercolour artist, at work in her studio at home, in Cwmrhydyceirw.
Gill Figg studied painting and stained glass in Swansea College of Art in the early sixties. She spent her career in art education, teaching in all sectors, from Early Years to Higher Education. In 1980, she won the NSEAD/ Berol Bursary for research into art education and, later, was the only Welsh representative on the National Curriculum Art Working Party, under the chairmanship of Lord Colin Renfrew. Latterly, she became an Independent Inspector of Art. Since retiring, she is attending to her own art education, long neglected. She works in a range of paint media and soft pastels, her subject matter being the local Welsh landscape and abandoned chapels
Rozanne Hawksley, was born in Portsmouth in 1931 and now lives and works at her home in Newport, Pembrokeshire. She studied at Southern College of Art, Portsmouth, The Royal College of Art and Goldsmiths College, London. Her work is held in public and private collections, including the Imperial War Museum. After teaching in London she moved to Wales in 1987. She has had many exhibitions and awards and is a member of the Royal British Society of Sculptors and 62 Group of Textile Artists.
Her work lies between the ornate and obscure dealing with the themes of isolation and the individuals state due to Sickness, War and the misuse of Power. Death is often used as a significant symbolism reflecting the Darker Mysteries including those of early Catholic Spain.
Mary Hayman was born in 1955 and has Fine Art and Architectural Glass, Degrees, she studied both at Cardiff Institute and Swansea College of Art. Primarily a painter her work includes stained glass, mosaic, felting as well as teaching. She is photographed here in her studio above the Dylan Thomas Theatre in Swansea Marina.
Neale Howells – Artist
Neale Howells graduated from Bath College of Art in 1990, his multi layered, mixed media paintings are described as rich and imaginative and often provocative. I first met and photographed Neale at the Museum of Modern Art Wales, Machynlleth in 2000, and in 2018 I visited his lockup industrial unit, in Port Talbot. It was no surprise to me to see that he has been collaborating with fashion designer Jayne Pierson of Llanelli, at London Fashion Week for the second time.
Cynan Jones lives near Aberaeron and is a multi- talented writer of five short novels, short stories, film scripts etc. Published in over twenty countries he was commissioned by BBC Radio 4 for a collection of twelve stories.
Gerald Jones won 3rd prize in the 2019 Glynn Vivian Gallery Open, titled Electric Shock MK11, and is pictured here at his home in Clydach near Swansea.
Mandy Lane, artist, sculptor, blacksmith, and teacher is based at Carmarthen College, School of Art. My interest in Mandy’s work started with professor Kirsti Bohata at Swansea University and her research into the Victorian Industrialist Novelist Amy Dillwyn of Hendrefoilan House.
Mandy received a Wales Arts Review Residency to respond to the life and fiction of Amy Dillwyn.
Tracey Leonard is a documentary photographer based in the Rhondda, South Wales. She is photographed here at the Workers Gallery ‘Ynyshir; 25 mile Radius’ exhibition by David Hurn during which she was a volunteer assisting with associated events including a photo shoot with Hurn.
Dan Llewelyn Hall
Dan Llewelyn Hall was born in Cardiff and graduated from the University of Westminster in 2003. He is well known for his portraits as well as his landscapes and commissions include, Her Majesty the Queen, Duke of Cambridge and Amy Winehouse. He recently opened a studio in the old Moriah chapel, in Llanfyllin, Powys.
Angela Maddock is an artist/maker, writer and teacher. Her particular interest is thread based practice and arts and health. She has a PhD from the Royal College of Art and is a King’s Artist with King’s College, London. Angela is Honorary Research Fellow in Textiles at Swansea College of Art, where she was previously as senior lecturer.
Non Taylor – Children’s Book Illustrator is married to Pete, of the comic books and daughter of Alan and Gill Figg, what an artistic family.
Little did I know that we had in Swansea our very own Comic Book Creator, who is better known as ‘This man Pete’, photographed here in his Llangyfelach studio.
Daniel Trivedy winner of the Gold Medal for Art at the 2019 National Eisteddfod at his home in Skewen near Swansea.
Photographed in her Cardiff Studio.
“I explore emotions. Feelings and sensations. My work deals with the idea of beauty. It seeks to draw in or repel the viewer the encounter with the surface or tactility. I am interested in womanliness and where this leads.” – Su Roberts
Gayle Rogers PhD
Gayle Rogers works predominantly as a plein air artist, specialising in drawing. In 2014 she created the Workers Gallery in Ynyshir, in the Rhondda in the former local library building. Through the Gallery she provides a space for arts and community projects, exhibitions and live events. She is photographed here during the recent ‘ Ynyshir; 25 mile Radius’ exhibition by photographer David Hurn.
Chris Williams MA MRBS
Chris Williams’ sculptural work is influenced by his background in furniture design and making. His work explores the forms derived from complex scientific and astronomical theory. In 2018 he was commissioned by St Fagans Museum to design and make the Bardic Chair for the National Eisteddfod. His workshop is situated behind the Workers Gallery in Ynyshir
Dafydd Williams was awarded the peoples choice for his self portrait at the 2020 Glynn Vivian Gallery, he is from Cwmtwrch in the Swansea Valley.
Professor Sue Williams was appointed Programme Director of the BA/MA Fine Arts at the Swansea College of Art in 2018. She has spent the last thirty years challenging the boundaries of figurative painting receiving many National and International awards and is photographed here in here in her Bute Street Studio in Cardiff.
Evelyn Wolstenholme is a documentary photographer. She won First Prize in the Glynn Vivian Gallery, Open competition in 2019 with this work on the theme of Life and Death. She studied at the Swansea school of Art with a First Class B.A degree and now lives and works in Swansea.