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

Glynn Vivian Gallery Sept/Oct 2020

I visited the Glynn Vivian Gallery, last week, lots to see, just book a slot to go, here are a few notes about what’s on. Part of a series of exhibitions programmed in partnership with Swansea Pride.

Charles Atlas, ‘The Tyranny of Consciousness’.

The Tyranny  of consciousness (2017) by pioneering filmmaker and video artist, Charles Atlas, consists of a five- channel installation with a mosaic of 44 simultaneous but different sunsets accompanied by a screen bearing a countdown to darkness. It is accompanied by the legendary New York drag queen Lady Bunny, who talks about peace, life together, and how, when it comes to American politics, ‘’ the right questions are never being asked.’’

Carin Webster and Roy Efrat, ‘Pansy’.

Pansy is a collaborative commission between the two artists, which includes four works of oil painting and video mapping, exploring the complex meanings of the word ‘’Pansy’’.

Based on Franz Kafka’s 1926 novel The Castle, the work references identity, sexuality, gender and perception. Catrin is based in Swansea and Roy in London and Tel Aviv

 

Dafydd Williams, Malum.

Based in the Swansea Valley artist Dafydd Williams is interested in symbolism and technique in renaissance painting, primarily in the work of Michelangelo and Caravaggio.

The series of photographs, naturally lit, or mimicking natural chiaroscuro lighting, which are used to critique contemporary gender and sexuality.

Malum derives from the Latin for ‘apple’ and ‘evil’, refers to the historically discriminatory attitude towards sexual difference and the biblical idea of the forbidden fruit.

 

Pushing Paper, Contemporary drawing from 1970 to today.

A British Museum Touring Exhibition

 

And for something completely different.!!!!

A total of 56 works on paper from the collection of the British Museum reads like a who’s who of British Art  from Hockney to Grayson Perry with a selection from the Glynn Vivian’s own collections such as ‘ Four in a Bed’ Shani Rhys James, 1987.charcoal on paper. Definitely not to be missed.

Shani Rhys James, Four in a Bed, 1967, charcoal on paper.

Davis Nash, Wooden Boulder, 1981. Ash Tree Three clams, Crack, Grin, Chuckle.

  

David Hockney, Peter, San Fransico, 1967,ink.

 

Grayson Perry, Untitled c. 1984.

 

Ceri Richards 1903-1971

   Ceri Richards was born in 1903 in this house, the family home ‘ Preswylfa’, Fairwood Road, Dunvant. On the 16th June 2016 Swansea City Councillor Robert Francis Davies unveiled a blue plaque in honour to Swansea’s greatest artist. Prof Tim Davies of Swansea College of Art gave the speech and also present were Ceri’s daughter Rhiannon and her art historian husband Mel Gooding, author of the wonderful biography ‘Ceri Richards’

Bernard Mitchell 2020

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.

David Tress 2020

Museum’s Fine Art, St James, London. November 7th – November 27th

David Tress in the studio, Haverfordwest, 2001

David Tress, ‘Land and Sea (Winter Spring)’, mixed media on paper, 52x64cm, 2018

David Tress drawings, photographed by Bernard Mitchell.

Brecknock Museum and Art Gallery, September 19th 2003.

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Found Gallery, Brecon – The Welsh Group 2020. 19th  August – 13th September 2020

2020 Exhibition Card.

Brecon is a lovely town, but did  it rain, but it was all worth while to meet my friends David Moore, writer on the arts in Wales & curator and Sue Hiley Harris artist and chair of the Welsh Group, at the Found Gallery in Brecon.

Punch Maughan owner of The Found Gallery, Brecon.

The Found Gallery, 1 Bulwark,  Brecon, opposite the Town Museum, is hosting a group exhibition of The Welsh Group titled  2020. Works created to a specific size 20 cm by 20cm created during the  lockdown by twenty nine members of the Group.

Sue Hiley Harris – ‘Growth’, Chair of The Welsh Group.

Sue Hiley Harris, ‘Growth’ and view of 2020.

The Gallery is run by ‘Punch’ Maughan and is well worth a visit, with its excellent combination of paintings, sculpture and ceramics.

Jacqueline Alkema

Sue was recording a short talk for the Gallery web site. But was also exhibiting some of her, expressive drawings on the pandemic theme ‘Spaced Apart 1 & 2 ‘ and delicate silver wire sculptures, of the roots of trees suspended in the air. ‘Growth 1, 11, 111 and 1V’.

Heather Eastes.

Gus Payne and Jennifer Allan (left).

The artists taking part were, Heather Eastes, Jennifer Allan, Thomasin Toohie, Jacqueline Alkema, Paul Brewer, Lorna Edmiston, Dilys Jackson, Angela Kingston, Chris Griffin, Karin Mear, Gerda Roper, Anthony Evans, Shirley Anne Owen, Philippine Sowerby, Jacqueline Jones, Lynnne Bebb, Sue Hiley Harris, Kay Keogh, Robert Harding, Wendy Earle, Ken Dukes, Robert Macdonald, Gus Payne, Roy Powell, Sue Roberts, Antonia Spowers, Paul Edwards, Jean Walcot, Veronica Gibson.

Bernard Mitchell 2020

William Brown

William and washing line

Saturday August 1st was the last day of the William Brown Exhibition at Studio 18, Oxford Street, Pontycymer. The invitation was from Carys, William’s widow, who was brought up in the village, for afternoon tea/coffee and Welsh cakes, it was so good to see William’s work hanging in Kevin Sinnott’s new Gallery. On sale was the book by Carys and David Greenslade  of tributes from fellow artists and writers from Wales and abroad, particularly the Czech Republic, where I went with the group who met at the Westbourne Hotel in Swansea, every Tuesday. William was a Scots, Canadian, Welshman and friend and an irreplaceable member of our band, along with Tony Goble, Gareth Davies,  and Malcolm Parr, who have also recently died, we only meet at Christmas now.

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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

Elizabeth Haines

Elizabeth Haines went to Brighton College of Art and moved to Wales in 1968 where she graduated with a Phd at University of Wales, Lampeter, in 2001. She lives in the foothills of Mynydd Preseli near Clunderwen in Pembrokeshire. Her work has evolved over the years into a style that preoccupies the precarious hinterland between topography and abstraction often described obliquely as the landscape of France as well as Wales with a surreal and dreamlike quality.

www.elizabethhaines.co.uk

Josef Herman

‘Your no stranger here,’ I was told the very day that I arrived. A day later I was addressed  as Joe and now I am nick-named Joe- bach.’’ These are Josef’s own words taken from his diary.

The people of Ystradgynlais had given this Polish Refugee Artist a home and a welcome that would stay with him for the rest of his life. He came for two weeks and stayed for eleven years, and produced in this time his iconic, bold and sculptural images of the miner.

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Osi Rhys Osmond – Artist – Writer – 1942-2015

My first encounter with Osi Rhys Osmond was at The National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, the Art Historian Paul Joyner who had been involved in the Libraries acquisition of a major collection of Josef Herman’s drawings, was addressing a seminar on the Polish refugee artist  who had settled in Ystradgynlais in the Swansea valley, after escaping from the German pogrom. Osi stood up at the end of the session and produced the most provocative and challenging statement, the audience  sat in stunned silence and I think the speaker wished he could melt away. At the lunch break, I asked Osi if I could visit him, I was curious, who was this man? What makes him speak with such passion.

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John Petts

After working  as a newspaper photographer for some thirty years and returning to live in Wales I started again photographing, with the support of The National Library of Wales, the Artists and Writers of Wales. Sir Kyffin Williams was first. I asked him for a list of six people that I should record for posterity, top of his list was Will Roberts of Neath,  ‘ THE BEST PAINTER IN SOUTH WALES, ‘ he said. Top of Will’s list was John Petts, ‘SEE HIM SOON,’ was his reply. I photographed Petts in 1997 pictured here working on a stained glass window for a church in his studio in The Old Workhouse in Abergavenny.

 

The workhouse, Abergavenny, 1985

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