Approved: 16.08.2006

Terry Setch RA. RWA

Artist

Approved: 16.08.2006

For 60 years I have been painting landscapes, for the last 40 years I have been recording the changes bought about by new industrial developments, lifestyle changes, wealth management and new social mores. I have been using the pollution of the local beach, particularly the plastic detritus, as my major subject since the mid 1970s, long before concern about the damage caused by the ubiquitous, none biodegradable plastic became widespread in this country.

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  • Location: Penarth, Wales
  • Artforms: Painting
  • Tags: pollution, detritus, penarth beach, plastic, encaustic wax, tide, wildlife, found objects
 
 

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    Biography

    For 60 years I have been painting landscapes, for the last 40 years I have been recording the changes bought about by new industrial developments, lifestyle changes, wealth management and new social mores. I have been using the pollution of the local beach, particularly the plastic detritus, as my major subject since the mid 1970s, long before concern about the damage caused by the ubiquitous, none biodegradable plastic became widespread in this country.

    Sarah Kent wrote, “The beach, a messy and polluted burial ground, is seen as the site of social and moral conflict where opposing forces and interests do battle - where the sea assaults the land, industrial growth encroaches on nature, and exploitation encounters conservation. There is rage in Setch’s pictures. Their ugliness not only challenges good taste, but is a statement of disgust at the negligence of industrial society.” Flash Art, London. Summer 1983

    Monica Petzal wrote, “These are paintings to get lost in; there is a wealth of possible meaning and interpretation - there is no right way of looking at them. As evidence of one person’s attempt to bring his personal reality into form which is unified, accessible and powerful, they hold meaning for us all.” Time Out, London. 24 September 1982,

    These observations are germane today and encapsulate my thinking. As an artist I continue to use conventional art materials and I incorporate detritus flotsam and jetsam, found objects and include new and recycled modern building materials. I observe daily what happens on the peoples’ beach.

    I have to follow my own path: I am not a ‘joiner’ or part of an ‘ism’. I have tried to create an identity that is my own.

    . Influences The human figure, Landscape, Environment/Ecology; own cultural identity (British, European, North American) Career path 2009 - Elected to the Royal Academy, London 2002 - Elected to the Royal West of England Academy, Bristol 1959 - 60 Slade School of Fine Art Postgraduate Studies 1956 - 59 Slade School of Fine Art BA Hons (Lond.)

    CV & Education

    Videos

    Books

    • 2001 TERRY SETCH: A RETROSPECTIVE, essays by Michael Tooby & Martin    Holman. Published by University of Wales Institute Cardiff, colour illustrations
    • 2009  TERRY SETCH, Martin Holman, co-publishers Lund Humphries and Broken Glass,  London

    Collections

    • The Royal Collection
    • The Tate Gallery
    • National Museum and Galleries of Wales
    • Victoria and Albert Museum
    • Welsh Arts Council
    • Arts Council of Great Britain
    • Contemporary Arts Society of Wales
    • Wakefield City Art Gallery
    • Coleg Harlech
    • Contemporary Arts Society
    • Northampton Art Gallery
    • University College London
    • University College of Wales, Aberystwyth
    • Rugby Borough Council
    • University College of Wales, Swansea
    • British Council
    • Museum of Modern Art, Lodz, Poland
    • Cardiff County Council
    • Normal College, Bangor
    • Glamorgan Education Authority
    • Glynn Vivian Museum & Art Gallery, Swansea
    • Leicestershire Education Authority
    • Ceredigion County Council
    • Aberdeen City Council

    Solo exhibitions from 2000

    • 2000  ‘Oil, Water’, Centre for the Visual Arts, Cardiff, UK
    • 2001  Terry Setch Retrospective: Royal West of England Academy, Bristol; University of Wales Institute Cardiff, Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff; Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea; 2002   Collins Gallery, Glasgow: Scotland;  Wrexham Art Centre, Wrexham, north Wales, UK
    • 2004   Skateboarders: New paintings by Terry Setch, Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden, UK
    • 2006   70th Birthday Display, Tate Gallery, London, UK
    • Towards Lavernock in celebration of Alfred Sisley’s paintings of south Wales, Atrium, Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea, UK
    • 2007   Art Space Gallery, Islington, London, UK
    • 2009   Art Space Gallery, Islington, London, UK
    • 2010   Art Space Gallery, Islington, London, UK
    • 2011   Art Centre, Barry, South Wales, UK
    • 2012   Terry Setch: Recent Works, Flowers, Cork St, London, UK
    • 2012   Terry Setch, Clwyd Theatr Cymru, Mold, UK
    • 2014   Terry Setch, Flower’s East, London, UK
    • 2016   Reduced to Rubble, Flowers Cork St, London, UK
    • 2017   Past and Present, BayArt, Cardiff, UK

    Some group exhibitions from 2000

    • 2000  'Painting the Dragon, National Museum and Gallery, Cardiff, UK
    • The Rugby Collection Comes Home', Rugby Art Gallery, Rugby, UK
    • Absolut Secret, Royal College of Art, London, UK
    • 2000/1 Cardiff Digital Portfolio, CBAT, Cardiff, UK
    • Welsh Artists Talking, National Museums and Galleries o Wales, Cardiff, UK
    • 2001  Digital Portfolio, House of the Future, National Museum of Wales St Fagan’s, Cardiff, UK
    • RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, UK
    • Small is Beautiful, Flowers East, London, UK
    • Autumn Exhibition Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
    • Small is Beautiful, Flowers East, London. UK
    • RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London. UK
    • 2003  Encore, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
    • Broken Ground, Tate Gallery, London, UK
    • 235th Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London. UK
    • Autumn Exhibition Royal West of England Academy, Bristol. UK
    • The Contemporary Landscape, Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden, Glos, UK
    • Small is Beautiful, Flowers East, London. UK
    • 2003  RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London. UK
    • Winter Exhibition, Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden, Glos UK
    • 2004  Naked, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
    •  Summer Exhibition, Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden, Glos, UK
    •  Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
    •   RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London. UK
    • 2004  Winter Exhibition, Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden, Glos. UK
    • 2005  Print Works, Campden Gallery, Chipping Campden, Glos. UK
    • Virtually 6, Cardiff 2005 Portfolio, St David’s Hall, Cardiff. UK
    • Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
    • Site-Actions International Europe, Bay Art, Cardiff, UK
    • RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London. UK
    • Cardiff Centenary Exhibition, Bay Art, Cardiff. UK
    • 2006 ‘50 Years of the 56 Group’, National Library of Wales,  Aberystwyth. UK
    •  Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
    •  RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London. UK
    • 2007  Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
    •  RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London. UK
    •  Art Space ‘A Winter’s Journey’, London, UK
    • 2008  Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
    • RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, UK
    • Welsh Landscape, National Museum Cardiff, UK
    • 2009  Drawing Room II, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
    • Art Cymru: Modern Art in Wales, Pallant Gallery, Chichester, UK
    • Mertz Barn Auction Exhibition, Royal College of Art, London, UK
    • 2009  Royal Academy Summer Exhibition London, UK
    • RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, UK
    • Autumn Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
    • 2010 A Closer Look, Ceredigion County Council Collection, Coliseum,        Aberystwtyh, Wales, UK
    • Changing Landscape, Oreil y Parc, St David's, Pembrokeshire, UK
    • Sea Fever, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton, UK
    • 2010 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK
    • RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, London, UK
    • John Moores Prize Paintings in Korea, Seongnam Art Centre, Korea
    • 2011 10 years on, Bay Art, Cardiff, UK
    • Flashback, Arts Space Gallery, London, UK
    • Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK
    • Royal West of England Academy Autumn Exhibition, Bristol, UK
    • RCA Secret. Royal College of Art, London, UK
    • 2012 TRANSITION The Inner Image Revisited, Art Space Gallery,  London, UK
    • New Perspectives: Landscape Art in Wales since the 1970s, Gallery 22, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, UK
    • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK
    • Barry Summer School Retrospective Exhibition, Art Central, Barry, UK
    • Going Modern: The Struggle for Abstract Art in Wales, Gallery 13, National Museum Cardiff, UK
    • RA Now, Royal Academy, London, UK
    • 2012/13  New Ground: Landscape Art in Wales since 1970, Oriel y Parc, St. David’s, UK
    • Welsh Landscape from Turner to Long, The Lightbox, Woking, UK
    • Angela Flowers at 80, Flowers Gallery, London, UK (Dec – Feb)
    • 2013 RCA Secret, Royal College of Art, Battersea Dyson Building, London, UK
    • Transition, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, UK
    • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK
    • 2013/14 Royal Collection RA Gift, Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, UK (Nov-Mar 2014)
    • Small is Beautiful, Flowers East, London UK, UK
    • 2014  Power of the Sea, The Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
    • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK
    • 2014  Reality: Modern and Contemporary British Painting, Sainsbury Centre, UEA, Norwich, Norfolk, UK
    • 162 Annual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
    • Small is Beautiful XXXII, Flowers, New York.
    • 2015  Reality: Modern and Contemporary British Painting, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, UK
    • 2015 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK
    •  163 Annual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
    •  Small is Beautiful, Flowers, Cork St, London. UK
    • 2016  The Big Draw auction, Christie's London, UK
    • Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, London, UK
    • Small is Beautiful, Flowers, Cork St, London. UK
    • 2017 Royal Academy Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy, London, UK
    • 165 Annual Open Exhibition, Royal West of England Academy, Bristol, UK
    • 2017 Small is Beautiful, Flowers, Cork St, London. UK