Approved: 16.08.2006

Elfyn Lewis

Artist, Maker, Curator, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 16.08.2006

Surfaces are layered with paint that overflows, dripping. Congested, thick impasto paint has been pushed and forced to create a painting, which is also an object of desire. These paintings are layered time after time until the upper layer explodes and transforms from its volcanic creation into a vivid landscape. These are eruptions of colour and beauty intended to transfix the viewer.
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  • Location: Cardiff, Wales
  • Activities: Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops, Public art, Private commissions, Curating
  • Categories: Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting
  • Tags: painter, wales, acrylics, cymru, abstract, paint, painting, paper, cardiff
 

Biography

Surfaces are layered with paint that overflows, dripping. Congested, thick impasto paint has been pushed and forced to create a painting, which is also an object of desire. These paintings are layered time after time until the upper layer explodes and transforms from its volcanic creation into a vivid landscape. These are eruptions of colour and beauty intended to transfix the viewer. Datganiad Rhoddir haenau o baent sy’n gorlifo, diferu, dros yr arwynebau. Mae paent impasto trwchus, gorddwys yn cael ei wthio a’i gymell i greu llun sydd hefyd yn wrthrych dyhead. Rhoddir haen ar ben haen ar y paentiadau hyn nes bod yr haen uchaf yn ffrwydro, gan drawsnewid eu creadigaeth folcanaidd yn dirlun lliwgar. Echdoriadau o liw a harddwch yw rhain, a’u bwriad yw hoelio sylw y sawl sy’n edrych. Awards 2010 Winner, Welsh Artist of the Year - St David’s Hall Cardiff, Wales 2009 Awarded Individual Production Grant - Arts Council of Wales 2009 CASW Purchase Prize, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Meirion & District 2009 Gold Medal winner, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Meirion & District 2004 Winner of the Focal Purchase Prize, Focal Visual Arts Festival, Ruthin, Wales 2003 Production and Audience Development Award, Arts Council of Wales 2001 Winner of the Warren Morris Perpetual Cup - Oriel Ynys Môn, Llangefni, Wales 2000 Career Development Grant, Arts Council of Wales - travel grant, New York, U.S.A. 1996 Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, Wales (award winner young contemporaries under 35) Commissions 2005 Poetry Wales: 40 Years - Original artwork used as front cover 2004 Poetry Wales: (Volume 40 number 3) - Original artwork used as front cover 2003 ‘White Star’ Robin Llywelyn, Parthian Books - Original artwork used as front cover 2002 ‘Planet’ The Welsh Internationalist - Front cover and feature about my work (issue 150) 2001 ‘Different Lights’ UKwithNY, Angel Orensanz Foundation, Center for the Arts, New York, U.S.A. Theatrical performance piece combining painting and music 2000 Lliwiau Rhyddid - The Colours of Freedom. Artist in Residence Theatr Bara Caws, Caernarfon, Wales Collaboration between an artist, musician and two poets 2000 Cywaith Cymru.Artworks Wales project - Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales, Llanelli, Wales 1999 ‘Rancid Aluminium’ Film based on novel by James Hawes. Original artworks commissioned for interior film sets 1998 ‘White Afternoon’ Welsh Fiction, Parthian Books - Original artwork used for front cover

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2013 - Medi, Oriel Ynys Môn, Llangefni, Ynys Môn, Wales 2012 - Elfyn Lewis - Gwaith Newydd / New Work, Oriel Ffin y Parc Gallery, Llanrwst 2011 - Seibiant, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, Wales 2011 - Trefan, Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Pwllheli, Wales 2010 - Artist y Flwyddyn, Oriel y Beudy, Gwynedd, Wales 2010 - Bylchau, Oriel Caffi Croesor, Croesor, Wales 2010 - Bylchau, St David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales 2010 - Gestiana, Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare 2010 - Gestiana, Oriel Canfas, Cardiff, Wales 2009 - Euro Celtic Art Exhibition, Festival Interceltique, Lorient, France 2007 - Bylchau, Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Pwllheli, Wales 2005 - Eryri, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Eryri & District, Wales 2005 - Moelfre, Rhyl Library and Art Gallery, Rhyl, Wales 2005 - Y Mor a'r Mynydd Maith, Studio 8, Ruthin Craft Centre, Ruthin, Wales 2004 - Art In Offices, Hugh James Solicitors, Cardiff, Wales 2004 - Cwnsh, Focal Visual Art Festival, Ruthin, Wales 2004 - Frank, Harding House Gallery, Lincoln 2003 - Oriel yr Hen Efail Gallery, Llanfrothen, Penrhyndeudraeth 2003 - Bern, Oriel Capsule Gallery, Cardiff 2003 - Bern, Oriel Ynys Môn, Rhosmeirch, Llangefni, Ynys Môn 2003 - Pencei, Canolfan y Plase, Y Bala 2002 - Oriel Rob Piercy Gallery, Porthmadog, Gwynedd 2002 - The Arts Council of Wales, Cardiff 2002 - Gerlan, University of Wales School of Art Gallery and Museum, Aberystwyth 2002 - Pyrgad, Oriel Capsule Gallery, Cardiff 2002 - Pyrgad, Oriel Myrddin, Carmathen 2001 - Grisiau Môr, Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech, Wales 2001 - Gwynedd County Library, Caernarfon, Wales 2001 - Hywyn, Oriel Washington Gallery, Penarth, Wales 2001 - Marnel, Theatr Gwynedd, Bangor, Wales 2001 - Pyrgad, Studio 8, Ruthin Craft Centre, Wales 2001 - Rotherham Arts Centre, Rotherham, England 2001 - Village Education Project - Kilimanjaro, Thai House, Cardiff, Wales 2000 - Awel, Oriel Washington Gallery, Penarth, Wales 2000 - Dylan Thomas Centre, Swansea, Wales 2000 - Glaslyn, Cynon Valley Museum, Aberdare, Wales 2000 - Oriel Rob Piercy Gallery, Porthmadog, Wales 2000 - Theatr Ardudwy, Harlech, Wales 1999 - Gwawr, Amgueddfa ac Oriel Bangor/Bangor Museum and Art Gallery, Wales 1998 - Mwddrwg Arall, Cafe Brava Gallery, Cardiff Second Solo Show 1998 - Solo Show, Cardiff, Backpackers, Neville Street, Cardiff, Wales 1997 - Solo Show, Café Brava Gallery, Cardiff, Wales Group exhibitions 2012 - Artist y Flwyddyn Cymru | Welsh Artist of the Year 2012, Neuadd Dewi Sant | St David's Hall, Caerdydd | Cardiff 2012 - Deg | Ten, Oriel Canfas, Cardiff 2012 - Eisteddfod Genedleathol Cymru Bro Morganwg | National Eisteddfod of Wales, Vale of Glamorgan 2012, Eisteddfod Genedleathol Cymru | National Eisteddfod of Wales, Bro Morganwg | Vale of Glamorgan, Caerdydd | Cardiff 2012 - Gallery Artists, Beaux Arts, London 2012 - Painting Wales...from home & away, New Leaf Gallery, Monmouth, Wales 2012 - Summer Exhibition 2012, The Albany Gallery, Cardiff, Wales 2011 - ¿Are We Not Drawn Onward To New Era?, G39, Cardiff, Wales 2011 - Summer Exhibition 2011, The Albany Gallery, Cardiff 2011 - Summer Show 2011, Beaux Arts, London 2011 - Welsh Artist of the year 2011, St. David's Hall, Cardiff 2010 - 19th Annual Christmas Exhibition, St David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales 2010 - 45th Anniversary Exhibition, The Albany Gallery, Cardiff, Wales 2010 - Christmas Exhibition, Ffin-y-Parc, Llanrwst, Wales 2010 - Christmas Exhibition, Oriel Pen-y-Fan, Brecon, Wales 2010 - Dibyniaeth/Addiction, Y Senedd, Cardiff Bay, Cardiff, Wales 2010 - Gwyl Arall (Another Festival), Gallery, Caernarfon, Wales 2010 - Inspiration Wales, New Leaf Gallery, Monmouth, Wales 2010 - National Eisteddfod of Wales, Bleanau Gwent, Wales 2010 - Pembrokeshire Open , Torch Theatre, Pembroke, Wales 2010 - Summer Exhibition, Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, Pwllheli, Wales 2010 - The Capital Comes West, Waterfront Gallery, Milford Haven, Pembroke, Wales 2010 - We Have The Mirrors, We Have The Plans, Mostyn, Llandudno, Wales 2010 - Welsh Artist of The Year, St David's Hall, Cardiff, Wales 2009 - Cornel celf a chrefft, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Bala, Wales 2009 - Four Welsh Artists, Gallerie Galles, Cardiff, Wales 2008 - An Exhibition of North Wales' Artists, The Albany Gallery, Cardiff, Wales 2008 - Gair o Gelf, Oriel Canfas, Cardiff, Wales 2008 - Shared Ground, Harbour Arts Centre, Irvine, Scotland 2007 - 10x10, Cole & Co, Cardiff, Wales 2007 - Shared Ground, Patriot Hall, Edinburgh, Scotland 2004 - Essence of Wales, St David's Hall, Cardiff 2004 - Siartio, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Newport & District 2004 - Y Môr a'r Mynydd Maith (The Sea and the Never-ending Mountain), International Musical Eisteddfod, Llangollen 2003 - Artavia Gllery, Caerleon 2003 - Young Wales VI, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy 2002 - Oriel Capsule Gallery, Cardiff 2002 - Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw, Pwllheli, Gwynedd 2002 - Oriel Ynys Môn, Rhosmeirch, Llangefni 2002 - The Attic Gallery, Swansea 2002 - Kings Road Artists, Oriel Canfas Gallery, Cardiff 2002 - New Welsh Landscape, The Contemporary Craftsman, Monmouth 2002 - Welsh Artist of the Year, St. David's Hall, Cardiff 2001 - Arts Council of Wales Collectorplan Exhibition - Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales Denbigh, Wales 2001 - Kings Road Artists, Cardiff Bay Trust Gallery, Cardiff, Wales 2001 - The Albany Gallery, Cardiff, Wales 2001 - The Attic Gallery, Swansea, Wales 2001 - Three Abstract Painters, Cardiff Bay Arts Trust Gallery, Cardiff, Wales 2001 - Young Wales V, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, Wales 2000 - Art Furniture and Interiors, Cardiff, Wales 2000 - Attic Gallery, Swansea, Wales 2000 - Caught in the Act!, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, England 2000 - Hybrids, Ecocentrig, Cardiff, Wales 2000 - New Art 2000, The Albany Gallery, Cardiff, Wales 2000 - Oriel Washington Gallery, Penarth, Wales 2000 - The Albany Gallery, Cardiff, Wales 2000 - Welsh Arts Council, Collectorplan Exhibition, Glass House of National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthen, Wales 2000 - Welsh Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth, Wales 1999 - Royal National Eisteddfod of Wales, Angelsey, Wales 1999 - Tabernacle Open, Welsh Museum of Modern Art, Machynlleth, Wales 1999 - Washington Galley, Penarth, Wales 1998 - 10th Oriel Mostyn Open, LLandudno, North Wales 1998 - Celtic festival, Tokyo, Japan, Five Welsh Contemporary Artists 1998 - Missing Link/Cyswllt Coll, An Exhibition of Welsh and Scottish Artists, West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff 1998 - Young Wales IV, Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, North Wales 1997 - Aspects of Wales, Pontardawe Art Centre 1997 - Group Show featuring eleven Welsh Artists, West Wharf Gallery, Cardiff 1997 - Group Show featuring five up and coming Welsh Artists, MaColl Gallery, Edinburgh 1996 - Group Show featuring five up and coming Welsh Artists, Castle Arcade Gallery, Cardiff Competitions, prizes and awards 2012 - Awarded Individual Production Grant, Arts Council of Wales, Wales