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.
‘’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.
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.
“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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.