Photo: Shani Rhys James in Llangadfan, Wales

Shani Rhys James


Concepts; My desire is to produce powerful, emotional paintings which are read for their content, their colour and their abstract elements. I have to be emotionally and mentally taken over by my paintings. They are seemingly direct ; I paint about the studio, the kitchen, the artist, my children, childhood memories, so imaginative and observational elements co-exist in each work. I have also made automata and installation collaborating with poets and other artists. Influences The human figure, Feminism, Emotions; own cultural identity (European, Welsh, Australasian); own gender (Female) Collections Arts Council of England Usher Gallery, Lincoln BBC Wales, Cardiff National Museum of Wales, Cardiff Glynvivian Museum and Art Gallery, Swansea Newport Museum and Art Gallery Contemporary Art Society of Wales Martin Tinney Gallery Glasgow Gallery of Modern Art Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery Wolverhampton Art Gallery New Hall College Cambridge read full statement

Location Llangadfan, Wales
Activities Lecturing
Artforms / type of project Installation, Painting
Tags female, figurative, painter, feminist, rural, family, psychology, british, australian, expressionist

News & Events


    ABERYSTWYTH EXHIBITIONS DISTILLATION 14 february-23 May work from museums and collections at the National Library of Wales CASSANDRA'S RANT 17 January-14 March automata Ceredigion Museum


    21/06/2014 – 25/08/2014
    Wales Millennium Centre Cardiff

    Florilingua is a specially created room filled with wild painted wallpapers, menacing chandeliers and other domestic items. Giving a voice to the room, seven poets worked with James to make the piece.

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  • HOME

    HOME opens 12 noon 7th June at Dean Clough Gallery Halifax, a mixed exhibition, among the artists are Sue Williams, James Rielly and Kelly Jayne who curated it. What is home and why do we seek it?

  • Florilingua

    12/11/2013 – 11/01/2014
    Aberystwyth Arts Centre

    Installation incorporating painting video and sound and collaborating with 7 poets funded by Arts Council of Wales Production Grant

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  • 'The Rivalry of Flowers'

    12/11/2013 – 11/01/2014
    Aberystwyth Arts Centre

    Touring Exhibition organised by Aberystwyth Arts Centre has also toured to Kings Place Gallery London and University of Northumbria Gallery Newcastle.

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  • What Do Artists Do All Day? Shani Rhys James

    BBC4 documentary on a day in the life of painter Shani Rhys James, first broadcast date 13th November 2013 at 8.30pm.

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