Approved: 16.08.2006

Robert Michael Greetham

Approved: 16.08.2006

I work in a variety of forms including photography, painting and mixed media. I am interested in the idea of place derived from the experience of travel, as well as architecture, landscape and more recently, the ceremony and symbolism of faith. Of Fire & Rites is an ongoing multi-media project exploring the enduring power of myth, tradition and ritual, whether religious or pagan. I also have a fascination

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  • Location: Ogmore by Sea, Wales
 

Biography

I work in a variety of forms including photography, painting and mixed media. I am interested in the idea of place derived from the experience of travel, as well as architecture, landscape and more recently, the ceremony and symbolism of faith. Of Fire & Rites is an ongoing multi-media project exploring the enduring power of myth, tradition and ritual, whether religious or pagan. I also have a fascination with found objects as cultural signifiers: graffiti, a paint spattered statue, an abandoned crucifix. All objects have their own reality, where meaning is signified through particular codes and processes. I have always been interested in communicating ideas through different media to suggest not only the experience itself but how that experience is mediated through its very depiction. Robert Greetham was born in Cardiff in 1957. He studied at The University of Wales, School of Art, Aberystwyth where he was also part-time Tutor in Fine Art from 1986 - 1996. A former Director of Ffotogallery, Cardiff he has organised numerous photography exhibitions as well as writing on the history and practice of photography. He has been awarded several grants from the Arts Council of Wales including a project grant in 2005 for Of Fire & Rites. He has exhibited his work in the United Kingdom, USA and Switzerland and his work is included in numerous private and public collections.

CV & Education

Solo exhibitions 2010 - Semana Santa, St David's Hall, Cardiff 2008 - Of Fire & Rites, School of Art Gallery, Aberystwyth University 2005 - Of Fire & Rites, The Gate, Cardiff 1998 - Robert Greetham: A Retrospective 1978-1998, School of Art Gallery and Museum, University of Wales, Aberystwyth 1993 - Photographer In Residence, St Davids Hall, Cardiff 1986 - On The House, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff Group exhibitions 2011 - Tros Gynnal Art Exhibition, Swansea Museum and tour, Swansea 2010 - No Particular Moment, School of Art Gallery, Aberystwyth University 2010 - Tros Gynnal Art Exhibition , Swansea Museum and tour, Swansea 2010 - Welsh Artist of the Year, St David's Hall, Cardiff 2009 - Welsh Artist of the Year, St David's Hall, Cardiff 2008 - Welsh Artist of the Year, St David's Hall, Cardiff 2008 - Yr Lle Celf, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cardiff 2007 - Alumni Exhibition, School of Art Gallery, Aberystwyth University 2007 - Art 4 Life, Christies, London 2007 - Far Flung Places, Cole & Co, Cardiff 2007 - Group Show, Washington Gallery, Penarth 2007 - Six Photographers, Howard Gardens Gallery, UWIC, Cardiff 2005 - Art 4 Life, Christies, London 2005 - Welsh Artist of the Year, St David's Hall, Cardiff 2004 - Art for Youth Cymru, City Hall, Cardiff 2003 - Welsh Artist of the Year, St David's Hall, Cardiff 2002 - Wales Drawing Biennale, Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Aberystwyth 2002 - Wales Drawing Biennale, Wrexham Arts Centre, Wrexham 2001 - 1066 and All That: Acquisitions 1999-2001, School of Art Gallery and Museum, University of Wales, Aberystwyth 2000 - Art Auction, Wrexham Arts Centre 2000 - Just Another Day, Ffotogallery, Cardiff and tour 2000 - NYAD 2000, dfn Gallery, New York, USA 2000 - Summer Exhibition 2000, Royal Academy of Arts, London 1999 - Affordable Art Fair, Battersea Park, London 1998 - Art Auction, The Framing Machine Gallery, Mumbles, Swansea 1998 - Artist in Arms, Royal Geographical Society, London 1998 - Summer Exhibition, Y Tabernacl, Machynlleth 1997 - The Welsh Lens: twelve contemporary photographers from Wales, Y Tabernacl, Machynlleth and tour to Zirpoli Gallery, Bellinzona, Switzerland and Villanovaforru, Sardinia, Italy 1997 - Wales Drawing Biennale 97 Aberystwyth Arts Centre and tour 1996 - Ffotoannual, Ffotogallery, Cardiff 1995 - Aberystwyth Artists, Gregynog Hall, Powys 1994 - Caucus II, Old Library, Cardiff 1993 - Aberystwyth Artists, Deffett Francis Gallery, Swansea 1993 - Eurowales '92, Third Wave Gallery, Cardiff 1993 - Ffotoannual, Ffotogallery, Cardiff 1993 - Wales Open Art Show, Aberystwyth Arts Centre 1991 - Aberystwyth Printmakers, Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester 1991 - Under the Eye of Saturn, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno 1990 - South Glamorgan Purchases, St Davids Hall, Cardiff 1989 - Special Edition, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno 1988 - Vedute D'Italia, Printworks Ltd, Chicago, USA 1987 - Vedute D'Italia, Ffotogallery, Cardiff and tour