Gwilym Prichard has long been admired for his beautiful depictions of the Welsh landscape. From the foothills of Snowdonia to the Pembrokeshire coast, he has painted the landscape countless times, capturing the changing seasons and the beauty of his native land. He is noted for his dramatic and colourful palette, and for applying the paint thickly and expressively into forms that pare the Welsh landscape down to its essentials. Ceri Richards once said that Gwilym Prichard 'painted the bones beneath the land'. In so doing, he manages to display his joy in the richness and beauty of his native land.
This exhibition features Gwilym’s work on paper, including watercolours, gouaches and pastels, which reflect the underlying structure and strength of his oil paintings. There are approximately 30 beautiful works in the exhibition dating from 1986 to the present day.
Gwilym was born in Llanystumdwy, near Criccieth, in 1931. He trained at Birmingham College of Art, then taught in Anglesey until 1973. Gwilym spent many years living in Brittany, France where he exhibited regularly, and is also widely admired. In 1995 he was awarded the Silver Medal by the French Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters. He was elected to the Royal Cambrian Academy in 1970, and is an Honorary Fellow of the University of Wales. He has exhibited widely in the UK and abroad, and is represented in many public collections including Aberystwyth University, The Welsh Arts Council and the Contemporary Art Society for Wales.
The exhibition provides a wonderful opportunity to see a different facet of one of Wales’ leading landscape painters.