Sculptors

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

Denis Curry

Denis curry was born on the last day of the First World War and last November 11th celebrated his 101st birthday, during the Second World War he joined the Royal Engineers, and fought in North Africa and Monte Cassino. He is the only artist in Wales and the U.K. whose prolific artistic pursuit has centred on flight with a profound knowledge of natures engineering structures with a poetic vision. An exceptional draughtsman, painter and sculptor in bronze and stone he studied sculpture at TheSlade, Henry Moore was one of his tutors, he won many prizes for drawing and sculpture including a 4th Post Graduate year. His work is in many collections and has been exhibited in numerous galleries including, The Royal Academy, London , MOMA Wales, RCA, RWA, etc. He lives in rural Pembrokeshire in the foothills of Mynydd Preseli.

www.deniscurry.co.uk

Rozanne Hawksley

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.

www.rozannehawksley.com

Gerald Jones

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

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.   

www.walesartsreview.org/author/mandy-lane

Su Roberts

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

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

www.workersgallery.co.uk

Mike Hill – Wildlife artist, illustrator, wood and metal sculptor

Mike Hill studied Wild Life Illustration at Carmarthen Art College. He works from home with a studio overlooking Swansea Bay, where he regularly walks and gathers items washed ashore for his work. His studio is full of the natural history of Swansea Bay, enough to fill a museum and made a fascinating visit. Winner of the 2nd Prize in the Glynn Vivian Open 2019 with Swansea Beach Tar and Swansea Beach Plastic.

www.mikegwynhill.co.uk

Mark Folds

     

Mark Folds, is a sculptor, who also uses performance, installation and video in his work, he is photographed here in his exhibition, Crisis (from massive to Macro) which opened in January 2020 at the Elysium Gallery/Bar in High Street, Swansea.

Valerie Coffin Price

Valerie Coffin Price –  Literary Atlas Wales –  ‘A Rioter’s Walk’ –  Cardiff – 2018.

Amy Dillwyn – The Rebecca Rioter (1880)

Valerie Coffin Price, Artist-letterer – sculptor was born in Bushey, Hertfordshire and moved to Wales in 1956.

She studied at the Winchester School of Art, Chelsea College and the City and Guilds of London Art School. Collaborating and cross arts working have been essential to her arts practice.

The folding sketchbook was a key element in the ‘ A Rioters Walk ‘ project’. She walked and sketched following the narrative of the novel. The twists and turns  of a journey reflecting in the interplay of art and text. 

Amy Sterly

Amy Sterly – Llanfaircaereinion – Powys – 2018.

Amy Sterly is a printmaker and sculptor originally from Chicago, now living in a small community in Wales . She tries to subvert the idea of the rural idyll through her prints and her recent sculptures have reinvented the nature of the book into something tactile that triggers the memory and emotion.

It was also a very pleasant journey through the lovely rolling hills between Welshpool and Newtown, the true heartland of Wales.

Amy Sterly is originally from Chicago , USA, she graduated in Fine Art at Rockford College, Rockford, Illinois and moved to the U.K. in 1989.

She is a Print Maker and Sculptor, who has exhibited across Wales, Europe and America.

‘ I want my Art to trigger emotion and memory and change the object into something that you might not expect’.

‘Being involved in the Literary Atlas Wales project has been an exiting and inspiring journey that has helped me find a new direction for my work and it also helped me explore new connections and meanings  between literature, art and the concept of mapping.

The interdisciplinary nature of the project forces one to think about the nature of fiction and its place in the real world and how it connects with the way we imagine the story we are reading.’

It was also a very pleasant journey for me to travel to the lovely rolling hills between Welshpool and Newtown the true heartland of Wales.

www.amysterly.com

www.flickr.com/amysterly