Artists

Emrys Parry Exhibition

Emrys Parry, Small Paintings and Works on Paper, Mandell’s Gallery, Norwich. 6th Nov to 27th Nov 2021. 

Emrys Parry was born on the Lleyn, but has lived for some years in Great Yarmouth. 

 

Rhea Seren Phillips, Poet

Dr Rhea Seren Phillips studied for a PhD at Swansea University (2016-2020). Her research centred on the way in which the Welsh metrical tradition could be adapted to reinterpret the cultural identification of modern Wales.

Her debut collection, Grandiloquent Wretches, published by Boiled String and Hafan Books, was released in 2020. She has also published a pamphlet titled SHumbert SHumbert, published by The Literary Pocket Book (2020).

Rhea’s poetry and academic research has recently appeared in Molly Bloom, Tears in the Fence and Blackbox Manifold (2021). Previous publications (2017-2020) include: The Edge of Necessary: Welsh Innovative Poetry 1966 – 2018 published by Boiled String and Aquifer Press (October 2018), Molly Bloom, Poetry Wales , Envoi (Cinnamon Press) The Lonely Crowd, Gogoneddus Ych-a-Fi: an exhibition of work by contemporary Surrealists (Cardiff Metropolitan University, February – April 2018), The Conversation and The Luxembourg Review (2017), among other publications. She has read for Molly Bloom (2020) and Multilingual Poetry – Tears in the Fence Festival 2020. Also, she has read at The Blackbox & CP&P Reading: Welsh Innovative Poetry (2021).

SHumbert SHumbert, Rhea Seren Phillips, published by The Literary Pocket Book, 2020.

Poems by Rhea

 

Hiraeth Turned Salty in the Pharynx

They rolled Hiraeth round their mouth like needles;

earmarked it for an allied nation to

conceal in homesickness, misconstruing

a weight that tears at the ligaments of our tongue.

 

Morgen Soused Sodium Within Muscles

An omniscient voice bellowed from the scud of obscurity.

Pinched, Morgen drank the message through mutinous gills,

saw shadows of paper boats emerge from the pother

and swam up to greet the rickety old things that had soldered

iron upon themselves like starfish; broken under their battle cry,

she whispered to a caustic wind that overwhelmed them.

A smile thick as cream made them into tin-pot diving bells

as the archaic language oxidises them with salt.

 

Visual Art by Mark Sanders

This poem-collage is part of a project conceived and edited by David Greenslade, titled Imagined-Invited.  Writers were invited to compose a poem in which they invite anyone from time and space.  At least one visitor should have a connection to Wales and, ideally, another game should be mentioned.  Many were invited.  In the end twenty-one poets took part.  Participating poets came from Canada (2), Czech Republic (1), Ireland (2), France (1), Romania ((4), Wales (9) and the USA (1). Poem by Rhea Seren Phillips. The poem is a loose Villanelle. The voices are Lynette Roberts (An Argentine poet who settled in Wales and used characteristics of the Welsh metrical tradition in her poetry; Rosie who is known as her peasant friend in her poetry; and, Count Olaf from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. The poem considers class issues.

You can follow Rhea on Twitter @rhea_seren.

 

Keith Bayliss – Visual Artist

‘Keith Bayliss ‘ work is figurative and expressive – his motif, the human figure in the landscape. He works in a variety of mediums: pencil and ink on paper, oil on canvas, relief printing and more recently, small mixed media sculptural constructions’

“Bernard turned up to take photographs of me again, as in his words “an older artist”

We first met when I was organising the first Ceri Richards Festival, I was then Community Arts Officer at the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. Bernard was looking for an opportunity to use his photographs of Richards in his studio. The outcome was an opportunity for me to purchase, for the gallery, the photos of Richards and additional photographs of the wonderful small circle of artists and musicians associated with Dylan Thomas, who then became known as the Kardomah Gang.

Bernard’s “obsession” with the making of images of creatives, living and associated with Wales is now legendary. What many do not realise is that in his journeying through the landscape, studio to studio, Bernard has brought together artists and created opportunities.

Here he is again, this time in my kitchen, asking me what I am up to and I explain the drawings I found myself making in response to the troubles we are all sharing. I talk of an “installation” I want to create for a “Field of Souls”. Bernard immediate response was to offer ideas for who to contact and where to show. That’s Bernard.”

Words by Keith Bayliss

Swansea, September 2021

Hortus Conclusus / The Enclosed Garden by Keith Bayliss. 

You can learn more about Keith Bayliss’ practice via www.keithbayliss.co.uk

David Tress – New Works and Writings 2020

Messum’s 12 Bury Street, St. James’s, London. SW1Y 6AB.

4th to 27th November 2020.

 Because of this damn virus I can not travel to London to the opening of David Tress’s exhibition at Messum’s in St. James, London. I would love to be there. However thanks to David I have the wonderful catalogue which not only includes all the work but also his beautifully written words a must buy at only £18.00. Messum’s have done a truly magnificent effort on the design and printing.

If you live in London, it’s a must go, but if not, here are a few photographs of the catalogue to tempt you!

Roman Wall, Housteads Looking West, 2020. Watercolour and mixed media on paper. 32 by 47 cm. 2019

‘’ Love the sinuous shapes of Hadrian’s Wall as it loops up and around its high ridges of land.’’ 

– David Tress 2020


Land (Fields, Hay Tor, Dartmoor) . Mixed Media on Paper, 52 by 65 cm. 2019

www.messums.com

Caroline Rees

Caroline Rees is known for her sand blasted architectural work, which she has been doing since 1998, with many important commissions throughout the country. Living in the Mumbles she also creates intricate black and white paper cuts inspired by the local coastal landscapes.

www.carolinerees.co.uk

Rodney Bender

Rodney Bender was born in Australia in 1978. He studied at the Welsh School of Architectural Glass, Swansea, he became Head of Department, and in 1999 introduced the Masters programme. In 2001 he left to form his own company, Innovative Glass Products, a good name for a company that designs and manufactures products for the public and private sectors worldwide. In 1985 he completed two windows for StMary’s Church in Swansea, The Welsh Guards Falklands Memorial. Rodney lives in Swansea and works from his workshop in Clydach.

www.innovativeglass.co.uk

Katie Allen

Katie Allen lives and works in Swansea. She produces beautiful, delicately crafted painted glass that reflects in intricate patterns the natural world, influenced after a trip to India in 2006. She has exhibited in London, Bristol and Wales. In 2015 she was commissioned to produce glass for the new Outpatients Department at Morriston Hospital

www.katieallen.co.uk

Chris Bird Jones

Chris Bird Jones lives and works in Swansea and studied at the Welsh School of Architectural Glass in Swansea under Tim Lewis and a Masters at The Royal College of Art, London. She was head of Glass at Wrexham and Wolverhampton Universities and returned to Swansea where in 2012 she left as Director of the Masters programme to follow her own arts practice.

Her recent exhibition of spoon like forms ‘We are all fragile’ at The Mission Gallery, in Swansea has sadly been postponed by the current viral epidemic. He work is known internationally. She was recently in India with fellow glass artists, Amber Hiscott and Catrin Jones.

www.Chris-bird-jones.co.uk

Amber Hiscott

Born in Swansea Amber Hiscott graduated from The Welsh School of Architectural Glass in 1975, she studied with the German glass artist Ludwig Schraffrath. Setting up her own studio in Gloucester Place she was part of the group of Glass artists who became internationally important and known for their contemporary use of Glass from the 1970’s onwards. She worked on small and large scale projects with her bold abstract colours and movement, joining David Pearl to form Hiscott-Pearl.

She is photographed here at home in Sketty. Below is part of the Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff.

www.amberhiscott.com

 

 

David Pearl

David was born in Nottingham in 1952. Studied at Sheridan College, Ontario, returned to study at the Welsh School of Architectural Glass in Swansea. 1975-77, and The University of London, Architecture. Teaching both in Canada and Wales. Since 1981he has worked on joint projects with Amber Hiscott. In 2009 Gomer Press Published a book of his photographs ‘Gower’ with words by the poet Nigel Jenkins.

www.david-pearl.com

Alexander Beleschenko

Alexander Beleschenko was born in 1951 in Corby, Northamptonshire of Ukranian parents.  He studied at Winchester, and Norwich schools of Art, The Slade and the Swansea School of Architectural Glass at the Swansea College of Art.  Alex is a prolific and internationally acclaimed artist. On his graduation in 1979 he worked part time at Celtic studios as well as teaching at the college. Initially he set up on his own studio in Exeter, but then returned to live and work in the Hafod.  Swansea had become the centre of  a new wave of creative contemporary artists, other graduates set up their own studios. Alex was at the hub of this movement with his work seen worldwide. One example here is the centre piece of the debating chamber at the Welsh Assembly Senedd building

Bryan Evans

Like Howard Martin, Bryan Evans was from Morriston and  he often travelled to work with him. He also joined Celtic glass on Graduation from the School of Art in 1949.  After  Martin’s untimely death in 1972 Evans continued with the enthusiasm and encouragement he had from Howard Martin and became the Studios workhorse designer until his retirement in 1991. I visited him in 2019, at his home in Morriston, with some of his cartoons and designs.

These words are from: A Vision Fulfilled, The story of Celtic Studios. And Swansea’s architectural glass tradition. By Maurice Broady, Published by West Glamorgan Archives.

John Edwards

Howard Martin founded the Welsh School of Architectural Glass at the Swansea School of Art in 1935.In 1940 with his cousin Hubert Thomas he opened the Celtic Glass Studios in Prospect Place, Swansea, near the present Dylan Thomas Centre.

John Edwards, on graduation, joined the staff of Celtic Glass in the early 1950’s as a talented painter- designer. Typical of his early progressive designs was the Good Shepherd in modern dress at Bettws Chapel, Abergavenny in 1978. He moved forwards preferring his geometric style to the traditional Victorian figurative windows seen in most chapels and churches.

Tim Lewis

Tim Lewis, followed on from Howard Martin founder of the Department of architectural Glass at the school of Art as Director. Together they had brought Swansea to become of international importance. They expanded the range of processes, moving forward from the traditional ecclesiastical designs to more abstract forms. In 1992 he established his Glantawe Studios in Morriston.

www.Stainedglass.llgc.org.uk

Glenys Cour MBE

Glenys Cour studied at the Cardiff College of Art, where Ceri Richards taught illustration. She was also taught by another Swansea artist Alfred Janes. She was appointed to the staff of the Swansea College of art by the then director of the department of stained glass Tim Lewis to teach colour research and the importance of its use in architectural glass. As in her paintings she brought to the stained glass the power of Colour, which has been passed on to her pupils who have become internationally recognised. Such as the Swansea based artists Alex Beleschenko, Amber Hiscott, and Catrin Jones to name but a few.

www.glenyscour.co.uk

For her services to the Arts in Wales, the MBE is a well deserved honour for our lovely, elegant Glenys Cour, Colourist, stained Glass Artist, Teacher, Founder member of the Mission Gallery, and Friends of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and at 96 years old still working every day, from her home overlooking the sea and Swansea Bay that she loves.

 

Ceri Richards

Ceri Richards was the first artist to be photographed for what has become the Welsh Arts Archive, at his studio in Edith Grove in London, part of the Swansea friends of Dylan Thomas, ‘The Swansea Gang’ in 1966.Better known for his paintings, he is pictured here working on the designs for the window in the new Catholic Cathedral in Liverpool.

 

 

See also this article:

Ceri Richards 1903-1971

 

 

Catrin Jones

Catrin Jones, was born in Cardigan in 1960 and now lives and works in the heart of The Gower peninsular. After graduating from the Welsh School of Architectural Glass in Swansea she established The Gaslight Studios with four fellow graduates in 1982. Her work involves, drawing, painting, sand blasting and acid etching, and has been collected and exhibited in Europe, Japan and North America, including The V&A  in London, and numerous international commissions.

www.catrinjones.co.uk

Jacqueline Janine Jones – Artist – Poet – Oriel Q – Narberth – Inaugural Exhibition

Harriet Addyman,Manager, Oriel Q, 11 Market Street, Narberth.

Oriel Q, 11 Market Street, Narberth.

Oriel Q,  Narberth has moved to a ground floor retail unit at 11 Market Street, Narberth.

No more stairs or lift as in the old Queen’s Hall Gallery. A total refurb to the ground floor area, with new white walls, exterior paintwork and hanging sign and ‘A’ board. The manager is Harriet Addyman. Gallery opening times are Wednesday to Saturday. 10am to 5pm. www.orielqnarberth.com

Exhibition Catalogue ‘The Socially Distanced Woman’.

Exhibition entrance

The Inaugural Exhibition ‘The Socially Distanced Woman’.

A Solo Exhibition by Jacqueline Janine Jones a member of the Welsh Group and of the Stuckist Movement. 4th September to 17th October 2020.

Jacqueline Jones was born in 1967 and grew up in rural West Wales, and went to Carmarthen Art College, Lampeter and Swansea University, recently she exhibited at the Mall Galleries in London. She describes her work as figurative, expressive. It is not without humour, but inspired by the poetry and folklore of her native West Wales. She paints, writes and every day and now lives and works in post industrial Porth in the Rhondda.

Jacqueline and entrance title board.

Jacqueline and general view of Gallery.

My work is primarily figurative, recently more narrative exploring quirky places and legends.

We are living in strange times and this has made me contemplate the role of the artist as outsider in isolation. The title to  this inaugural show at Oriel Q is a response to this.‘ The Self Isolating Woman’. My painting has many layers. The myriad layers of interpretation through both my eyes, and the vision of others.

I am an artist because I believe that artists are not satisfied with the world as they see it. They are like children, bored with the sameness, and they are moved deeply by the things they see and think about. I paint because I am compelled to. It’s like breathing air.

Once in a while we see something startling, someone whose vision, whose way of seeing is shocking and unsettling and compelling.

Jacqueline Jones

The Manor – Acrylic on Canvas

Deceptor – Acrylic on Canvas

Her work is unfiltered, bursting with life in all its obduracy, her voice is unusual and unmistakeably authentic.

Statement: Ffin y Parc Country House and Gallery, Llanrwst.

View of Gallery.

Bran – Acrylic on Canvas and Welsh Lady (right) Acrylic on Canvas.

Jacqueline Janine Jones.

Jacqueline has exhibited widley including the John Moore’s Gallery, Liverpool University and the Whitechapel Gallery, London.

‘By Invitation’ Royal Cambrian Academy,( Curated by Shani Rhys James.)

‘Oil Tanks’, Tate Modern, London.

‘Made at the Museum’ National Museum of Wales. Cardiff.

Quitas Gallery, New York.

Jacqueline Janine Jones.

                                                               The Place.

                                                   This is the place of our birth

                                              Where the clear glass of the porch

                                                Brings caged light into parlours

                                                      And qualifies this worth

 

                                        And this is the photograph on the mantle,

                                                 Celluloides absorbing so much

                                                 Are ours ours to puzzle out names,

                                              Fading and received by the hours

                                                  Ground to dust on the settle,

                                                  While the sun takes reception

                                              Through a blue otherness of panes             .

 

                                                    And this is the carpet, frayed

                                               By the courteous steps of time’s lurch

                                                That hesitates, yet will not be delayed,

                                               And this is the place that holds a furniture

                                               Arranged as a family set in contemplation,

                                          This is the place, and room, design of their nature.

                                                              Jacqueline Janine Jones.