Approved: 27.04.2018

Aidan Myers

Artist

Approved: 27.04.2018

Aidan Myers is an early career artist based in Cardiff, Wales working between painting and drawing. He studied Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design graduating in 2014; subsequently he worked at the art school’s ‘Inc Space’ for a 2-year studio placement. Notably in 2017 Myers achieved first prize at the Oriel CRiC Open Art Prize in Wales and 2018 he travelled to India for a 3-month artist residency at the Aamir Art House in Goa, which has formed the direction to his most recent work. Myers has exhibited in group shows in the UK and held solo shows in Cardiff (2018 & 2016) and Stroud (2016). There are public and private collections of work in: UK, Germany, USA, India & Hong Kong.

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  • Location: Cardiff, Wales
 

Artist Statement

Aidan Myers is an early career artist based in Cardiff, Wales working between painting and drawing. He studied Fine Art at Cardiff School of Art and Design graduating in 2014; subsequently he worked at the art school’s ‘Inc Space’ for a 2-year studio placement. Notably in 2017 Myers achieved first prize at the Oriel CRiC Open Art Prize in Wales and 2018 he travelled to India for a 3-month artist residency at the Aamir Art House in Goa, which has formed the direction to his most recent work. Myers has exhibited in group shows in the UK and held solo shows in Cardiff (2018 & 2016) and Stroud (2016). There are public and private collections of work in: UK, Germany, USA, India & Hong Kong.

 

STATEMENT

I visited India in 2018 during the latter moments of monsoon season as it retreated through tropical landscapes of Goa. I think about the powerful affinity with these luscious landscapes and try to put this energy into the paintings. The banana leaf motif has taken on the resonance of a figure as a central subject of the work; they are little doses of realism that speak the language of the landscape and carry the narrative of my experiences; they are symbolic to me of the Indian culture and approaches to life.  

CV & Education

SOLO SHOWS

  • 2018     The Sustainable Studio, ‘Labyrinth’, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2017     Waterloo Gardens Teahouse, ‘Small Works’, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2016     Line Gallery - Stroud Visual Arts, ‘New Matter’, Stroud UK
  • 2016     Cardiff M.A.D.E, ‘Manoeuvred Matter’, Cardiff, Wales

 

SELECTED GROUP SHOWS

2021    

  •  Mall Galleries, ‘Figurative Art Now’ FBA 60th Anniversary, London, UK (digital)
  • Cardiff M.A.D.E, ‘Cambium’, Cardiff, Wales
  • Royal Cambrian Academy – ‘Annual Open’, Conwy, Wales

2020     

  • The London Atelier of Representational Art - ‘Painting Now’, London (show postponed / digital)
  • Cardiff M.A.D.E, ‘Winter Show’, Cardiff, Wales

2019     

  • LLAWN Festival - TactileBOSCH, 'Out of Line', Llandudno, Wales      
  • Cardiff M.A.D.E, 'Summer Art Prize 2019', Cardiff, Wales      
  • Fringe Arts Bath Festival, 'SELF', Bath, UK      
  • Blackwater Gallery, 'The Journey Begins', Cardiff, Wales

2018     

  • The National Eisteddfod of Wales, CAV/UHL, Cardiff, Wales

2017     

  • Oriel CRiC, ‘Crickhowell Open Art’, Crickhowell, Wales

2016     

  • Curious Duke Gallery, ‘Insert Art Here’, London, UK

2015     

  • Moniker Art Fair, London      
  • Affordable Art Fair Battersea, London      
  • Affordable Art Fair Hamburg, Germany    
  • Kooywood Gallery, ‘New Blood’, Cardiff, Wales      
  • Cardiff M.A.D.E, ‘MADE from the Museum’, Cardiff, Wales      
  • Penarth Pier Pavilion, ‘Staring at the Sea Contemporary Painting Wales’, Cardiff, Wales

2014     

  • Works In Print, ‘Art Graduate Prize’, London, UK      
  • Elysium Gallery, ‘A Portrait of the Artist as…’ BEEP Painting Prize, Swansea, Wales
  • Bargehouse Oxo Tower wharf, ‘Float Art London 2014’, London, UK      
  • Curious Duke Gallery, ‘Secret Art Prize’, London, UK     
  • The Abacus, ‘Solve et Coagula’, Cardiff, Wales

PUBLIC COLLECTIONS

  • 2021     Grange University Hospital, Cwmbran, Wales. Commissioned
  • 2018     ‘Resilience’ (NHS 70 – CAV/UHL) Llandough Hospital, Cardiff, Wales. Commissioned
  • 2017     ‘Helping Hands’ Heath Hospital, Cardiff, Wales. Commissioned
  • 2014      ‘Impetus’ Cardiff School of Art & Design, Llandaff, Wales. Commissioned
  • 2014      ‘Untitled’ Cardiff School of Art & Design, Llandaff, Wales. Purchased
  • 2010      ‘Are You Living The Dream?’ Totton College, Southampton, UK. Commissioned

Private collections: UK, Germany, USA, India & Hong Kong

AWARDS & GRANTS

  • 2020     Arts Council Wales Grant
  • 2017      ‘Crickhowell Open Art Prize’, Oriel CRiC, Wales First Place Winner
  • 2017     CSE Flash Fund Bursary, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • 2016     Gane Trust Grant      
  • 2016     CSE Flash Fund Bursary, Cardiff Metropolitan University
  • 2013     Dulcie Mayne Stephens Art Trust Travel Bursary
  • 2011     Fine Art Scholarship at Cardiff School of Art & Design

SHORTLISTS

  • 2019      ‘Summer Open Art Prize’, Cardiff M.A.D.E, Wales. Shortlisted
  • 2018      ‘Shell Heritage’, Beaulieu Motor Museum, New Forest, UK. Shortlisted
  • 2017     ‘Adam Speaks’, National Trust Croome Park, Worcestershire, UK. Shortlisted.
  • 2014     ‘Secret Art Prize’, Curious Duke Gallery, London. Shortlisted.      
  • 2014     ‘Graduate Art Prize’, Works in Print, London. Shortlisted.      
  • 2014     ‘Blank Canvas Commission’, Clyde & Co, London. Shortlisted.

RESIDENCIES

  • 2018      ‘Aamir Art House’, Coexist, Goa, India
  • 2014-16  ‘Incubation Space’ (INC), Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff, Wales
  • 2014      ‘Art Hotel’, The Abacus, Cardiff Contemporary Festival, Cardiff, Wales

EDUCATION

  • 2011-14      BA Hons Fine Art, Cardiff School of Art & Design, Cardiff, Wales (First Class Honours)
  • 2010-11     Foundation Art, Totton College, Southampton, UK (Distinction)