I am interested in how images can speak, in the the subtleties of visual language in translation from one medium to another. I work figuratively as a route to narrative painting based on existing images, personal, archive and found imagery.
I assemble collections of images which offer connections both familiar and unfamiliar , in order to spark associations of experience within the lives of others. In this way I seek connections. I consider myself a socially engaged visual artist.
My formative years were spent living in North and South Africa and London before settling in West Wales as an adult, so I am a seasoned 'outsider', accustomed to adapting to new cultures and spoken languages.
An early training in traditional fine art painting underpins all my figurative work, with a more recent graduation in contemporary practice and theory for a 1st class BA (Hons) in Fine Art painting at the West Wales College of the Arts.
CV & Education
Qualifications and training 2009 - 1st class BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting , West Wales School of the Arts, Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen. 2006 - Introduction to Teaching, Unit ET01, Coleg Sir Gar, Carmarthen. 1977 - Certificate Fine Art Painting, Hammersmith College of Art, London
2017 to date- Regency Restoration at the National Botanic Garden of Wales, Carmarthen Artists Network project.
2016 - represents Popty 2015 at Thupelo Cape Town Triangle Network International Assembly in South Africa.
2016 - launch of documentary film 'Popty 2015 'http://www.popty.org.uk http://vimeo.com/167638101
2016 - presents Popty Revisited at Oriel Q Gallery Narberth
2015- 'Popty 2015' coordinator and fundraiser fullscale Triangle international artists workshop, Arts Council of Wales funded, Pembrokeshire.
2013- 'Popty bach',Triangle international artists pilot workshop, Arts Council of Wales funded,west Wales.
2017 - The Sun Will Rise Again, Oriel Blodau Bach, New Inn.https://orielblodaubach.wordpress.com/exhibitions-arddangosfa/present-presennol/
2014 - Work in Progress:Gwaith ar Gweill, The Powerhouse/Pwerdy, Pontyweli Llandysul
2010 - 'See the little girl.Victoria.' a retrospective, King Street Gallery 3, Carmarthen
2003 - 360º, Cambria Gallery, Tregaron
2002 - 360º, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen
2002 - Leaving the water - web based film, BBC Capture Wales
2001 - Open Studio, Llanfihangel Ar Arth 2001 - Verdi's Café Gallery, Swansea
2000 - Open Studio, Llanfihangel Ar Arth
1999 - Attic Gallery, Swansea
1997 - Guest Artist, Gwili Pottery, Nr Carmarthen
1997 - Pigeonsford Walled Garden, Nr Cardigan
1996 - Landscapes, Figures and Stll Life, Great Hall, Carmarthen Library, Carmarthen
2018 - Vis a Vis, Oriel y Bont, University of South Wales.
2018 - Regency Responses, National Botanic Garden of Wales.
2017 - Botanics, Y Gat, St Clears.
2016 - Re-awakenings, Y Gat, St Clears
2016 - Old Friends, Chate Room, King Street Gallery, Carmathen
2015 - Late winter show,King Street Gallery artists, Carmarthen.
2015 - Carnival, King Street Gallery artists, Carmarthen.
2014 - BEEP 2014 selected painting show, Elysium gallery Swansea
2014 - Autumn exhibition, King Street Gallery artists, Carmarthen
2014 - Drawings From Here & There, Elysium gallery Swansea and Colorado State University.
2014 - Dylan Thomas at Nanteos, Aberystwyth
2014 - High Summer exhibition,King Street Gallery artists, Carmarthen
2014 - Dylan Thomas centenary, Swansea Grand Theatre arts wing
2014 - Summer exhibition,King Street Gallery artists, Carmarthen
2014 - Peace and Conflict, Carmarthen Artist Network,Y Gat/The Gate, St Clears
2014 - Dylan Thomas centenary King Street Gallery Carmarthen
2014 - 'It's behind you', Carmarthen Artists Network Swansea Grand Theatre
2013 - Triangle Popty bach international artists workshop Open Day west Wales
2013 - 56:56, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, Newport Gwent
2013 - Easter Exhibition gallery artists, King Street Gallery artists cooperative, Carmarthen 2013 - Spring show, King Street Gallery artists cooperative, King Street Gallery Carmarthen 2013 - Summer show, King Street Gallery artists cooperative, Carmarthen
2013 - Things will appear like this, Oriel Henry Thomas Gallery, West Wales School of the Creative Arts
2013 - Tywi Printmakers, King Street Gallery: Chate Room, Carmarthen
2012 - 56 Group Wales, BayArt Gallery, Cardiff
2012 - 56 Group Wales, MOMA, Machynlleth Powys
2012 - Carmarthen Artist Network, Dylan Thomas Boathouse, Laugharne
2012 - disruption2, Elysium Gallery at Volcano Theatre Space, Swansea
2012 - It's Behind You, Carmarthen Artists Network, Oriel Joanna Davies Torch Theatre Milford Haven
2012 - Triangle Thupelo 2012, Bag Factory, Johannesburg, South Africa
2012 - Y Lle Celf, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Vale of Glamorgan
2011 - Of Landscape, BA Fine Art Painting Graduates, Picton Castle Gallery
2011 - OYO 2, One Year On, King Street Gallery 2 Carmarthen
2011 - Quarterly Shows, King Street Gallery artists' cooperative,Carmarthen
2010 - Lines and Strata 2 Contemporary Welsh drawing, Denbigh Library Gallery, Denbigh
2010 - One Year On , King Street Gallery 3, Carmarthen
2010 - Pembrokeshire Open 2010, Joanna Fields Gallery, Torch Theatre Milford Haven
2010 - Spring 2010 Show, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen
2010 - Take 5, International Visiting Artists Programme, Triangle Greatmore Street Studios Cape Town
2010 - Y Lle Celf , National Eisteddfod of Wales 2010, Blaenau Gwent South Wales
2009 - Fresh: Recent Painting Graduates of West Wales School of the Arts, Joanna Field Gallery, Torch Theatre Milford Haven
2009 - Gallery Artists' Winter Show, King Street Gallery, Carmarthen Wales. 2006 - Aberystwyth Printmakers, Oriel Mwldan, Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan; Exhibiting artist member, King Street Gallery artists' cooperative, Carmarthen; Fforma, Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw, North Wales 2006 - Lines and Strata, Oriel Mwldan, Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan; Summer Show, Attic Gallery, Swansea. 2004 - Members' Quarterly Exhibitons, King Street Gallery Artists Cooperative, Carmarthen 2003 - Attic Gallery, Swansea. 2003 - Cambria Gallery, Tregaron; 12 x 12, Toko, Aberystwyth; Fforma, Moma Wales The Tabernacl, Machynlleth; Monoprints, Queens Hall Café, Narberth .2002 - Attic Gallery, Swansea; Artwest, Carmarthen; Cambrian Gallery, Tregaron; Courtroom Gallery, Lampeter; Guildhall, Cardigan 2001 - Attic Gallery, Swansea;Cambria Arts Festival, Tregaron; Cnapan, Ffostrasol ; Fforma Inaugural Show, Courtroom Gallery, Lampeter; Queen's Hall Gallery, Narberth; Teifi Artists Group inaugural show, Guildhall Gallery, Cardigan; Three person show, Eastback Gallery,Pembroke; Welsh Contemporaries, London. 2000 - Art Garden, Bristol; Attic Gallery, Swansea; Cambria Arts Festival, Tregaron 2000; Museum of Modern Art, Wales; New Year Exhibition, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen; River Festival, Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan; Two Person Show, Theatr Mwldan, Cardigan ; Two Person Show, Attic Gallery, Swansea .1999 - Cambria Arts Exhibition, Tregaron; Cardigan Art Society Show, Cardigan; Christmas Show, Attic Gallery, Swansea; - Cnapan Exhibition, Llandysul; Emrys Arts Festival Exhibition, Carmarthen; Sketch Club Summer Show, Carmarthen 1998 - Christmas Show, Attic Gallery, Swansea; Royal Birmingham Society of Artists, Birmingham Art Gallery; Y Tabernacl, The Museum of Modern Art, Wales, Machynlleth. 1997 - Art in the Garden, Pigeonsford Walled Garden, Cardigan; Art West/Celf y Gorllewin, Carmarthen and Haverfordwest; Aspects of Wales, Pentardawe; Attic Gallery Summer Show, Swansea; National Eisteddfod of Wales; Welsh Contemporaries, Oriel Llundain, London
Degree shows 2009 - BA Hons Fine Art Painting 'A Painted Album', West Wales School of the Arts Colegsirgar University of Glamorgan
2016 - Popty revisited, Oriel Q Gallery, Narberth
2016 - Thupelo Cape Town Triangle International Assembly
2015 - Carmarthen School of Art, Carmarthen
2015 - Oriel Q Gallery, Narberth, Pembrokeshire
2015 - Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen
2014 - Contemporary Art Society Wales, Carmarthen
2014 - Pecha Kucha, The Parrot, Carmarthen
2013 - International Soroptimists Carmarthen
2012 - Victoria Malcolm, The National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Bulawayo
2010 - International Visiting Artists introduction, Greatmore Street Studios Cape Town
2008 - Tenby Print Weekend, Art Matters Gallery, Tenby
2014 - The Big Draw, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen
2014 - ROAD BLOCK Made in Roath, Cardiff
2014 - Lifedrawing classes, King Street Gallery Chate Room, Carmarthen
2013 - Popty bach, pilot Triangle international artists workshop, Llanfihangel ar arth, Carmarthenshire Wales
2013 - Painting landscape, Llanfihangel ar arth hall, Carmarthenshire
2012 - Thupelo Triangle international artists worksop, The Bag Factory, Johannesburg.
2010 - Outreach programme, Greatmore Studios International Visiting Artists Programme, Tiervlei Community Arts Centre Cape Town
2010 - Outreach programme, Greatmore Studios International Visiting Artists Programme, Zonnebloem Childrens Art Centre Cape Town
2006 - Lead Artist, Festival of Muslim Cultures, Swansea Print Workshop, Swansea
2010 - International Visiting artist, Greatmore Studios, Capetown South Africa
2006 - Notts Square Mural, Carmarthen Town Council, Carmarthen Competitions,
Prizes and awards
2012 Research Development award Arts Council of Wales (Popty bach 2013 international artists workshop)
2012 - Associate Fellowship, 56 Group Wales, UK
2012 - International Opportunities Fund, Wales Arts International, Wales
2009 - University of Glamorgan Art Purchase Student Prize Award, University of Glamorgan, Wales Millenium Centre Cardiff
2007 - Drawing Biennale, Oriel Q Gallery, Narberth Pembrokeshire
Educational experience - primary
2017 to date - workshop assistant volunteer Oriel Myrddin Gallery.
2008 - The Big Draw, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen 2006 - Collage workshop, Oriel Myrddin/ Llanmilo Primary School , Llanmilo Carmarthenshire
Educational experience - secondary 2010 - Young Brit at Art Award, Lampeter Secondary School, Lampeter Ceredigion 2010 - Young Brits at Art Award, Glyn Vivian Art Gallery , Swansea
Educational experience - special needs 2008 - The Big Draw, Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Carmarthen 2006 - A Taste of Drawing, HUTS, Newcastle Emlyn
2018 - Vis a Vis, University of South Wales press
2016 - Thupelo Cape Town Triangle International Assembly report
2014 - Drawings From Here & There, Elysium Gallery, Swansea and Colorado University
2013 - The Public Catalogue Foundation, Oil Paintings in Public Ownership West Wales
2013 - The Public Catalogue Foundation: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership Glamorgan
2012 - 'Thupelo 2012' Triangle Network international artists workshop Johannesburg
2010 - National Eisteddfod of Wales Blaenau Gwent 2010
2010 - Take 5 catalogue, artists' residency Greatmore Studios 2009 - University of Glamorgan Art Purchase Prize Award 2009 catalogue