I live in Black Mountains in the Brecon Beacons, with my husband ( a sculptor, Jeremy Stiff) and daughter.
My work originates from still life. I am fascinated by the subtle implications possible within still life - hints and vague feelings rather than direct statements. I work from observation and usually choose to paint unobtrusive objects, which, the more I look at them, the more intriguing they become. They are painted out of their normal context so that they are no longer mundane items to be taken for granted, or incidental details to be seen but not registered.
For some years I have mainly painted natural objects, small thing such as berries, rosehips, puffballs etc., which might be noticed fleetingly as being pretty or curious. By focusing on and enlarging them I have aimed to emphasise not only their ephemeral beauty but also their tenacity and significance. Recently I have become intrigued by things which have a more direct human association, for example pillows. Pillows are one of our most intimate companions, redolent with associations and privy to many of our least guarded moments, yet do not refer to anyone specific. From painting the fabric of pillows, I was drawn to cloth istelf, and the infinity of its possible connotations.
An ongoing concern in my painting is the relationship between paint and subject; the interaction between the material paint and the image represented. I work towards achieving a balance between the subject mater and what is conveyed via the manipulation of the paint itself.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 2007 - MA Fine Art, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Cardiff 1990 - Fine Art Foundation, Byam Shaw School of Art, London 1982 - Botany Honours Degree , University of Wales , Bangor Solo exhibitions 2009 - Menna Angharad paintings, Ludlow Assembly Rooms, Ludlow Group exhibitions 2013 - H'Art, Hereford Museum & Art Gallery, 2013 - Ludlow Summer Exhibition, Ludlow College, Ludlow 2013 - Window, Hay-on-Wye 2013 - National Eisteddfod of Wales, Denbighshire 2013 - elfyn lewis + menna angharad, gallery/ten, cardiff 2013 - Gallery Artists, Gallery 10, Cardiff 2012 - Angharad and Stiff, Maison de Granite, Bugeat , France. 2011 - Gallery Artists, Project 10, Cardiff 2011 - La Famme, Maison de Granite, Bugeat, France 2010 - Domesticated, Old Post Office, Swindon 2009 - Gobenyddion/Pillows, Oriel Caffi Croesor, Croesor, Gwynedd 2009 - Ludlow Summer Exhibition, Ludlow college, Ludlow 2009 - Sub Rosa, St David's Hall, Cardiff 2009 - Women Painters, Mumbles Road Gallery, Mumbles, Swansea 2008 - Artists Fair, Chelsea Old Town Hall, London 2008 - Exeter Open, Exeter Phoenix, Exeter 2008 - Ludlow Summer Exhibition, Ludlow College, Ludlow 2007 - MA Degree Show, University of Wales Institute, Cardiff, Cardiff 2007 - Very Important Products, Centrespace Gallery, Bristol 2007 - Welsh Contemporaries, 35 West Square, London Degree shows 2007 - MA Fine Art Degree Show, University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Howard Gardens, Cardiff Competitions, prizes and awards 2008 - Ludlow Summer Exhibition Prize, Ludlow College, Ludlow