BEING one of the most popular working artists in North Wales, sell-out landscape painter David Grosvenor makes a welcome return to Ffin y Parc Gallery this month with 50 new works. David, who was born in 1956, moved to North Wales in 1991 to paint full-time and now lives in Criccieth.
“This exhibition has a mix of work portraying the landscapes that surround me in all its moods,” explained David.
“Some of the paintings are tiny jewel like windows on to some of my favourite haunts.”
He added: “This is a group exhibition with three of us exhibiting; people will find a wide selection of work in different styles and with different subject matter, something to suit all tastes.” The exhibition runs from Sunday, September 15 to Wednesday, October 9, at the award-winning Ffin y Parc Gallery, near Llanrwst, and also includes collections of new works from fellow Welsh artists Mike Jones and Carl Chapple RCA.
Mike Jones was born in 1941, in South Wales where his subjects are his neighbours – farmers and their wives, working men and women. “In drawing and painting, I endeavour to give emotions, ideas and memories a permanent form,” explained Mike.
“I find inspiration in simple subject matter, women scrubbing steps, figures sitting in waiting rooms, men and women, places and times of my childhood and imagination. Through my art I try to convey emotion and attitude which I hope will connect with the viewer. The essence of my work is the spontaneous and intuitive response to my subject matter.”
“Mike is among the last of the artists, like Josef Herman and Will Roberts, able to observe these industrial communities before they began their long and slow, painful decline,” explained gallery owner Ralph Sanders. “With great skill and affection he suggests the characters and relationships that create and sustain the community.”
Barry-based painter Carl Chapple RCA, has been working with Ballet Cymru since 2016 and his new show includes drawings and paintings of the dancers during their rehearsals of productions such as Romeo and Juliet, Celtic Concerto and Divided We Stand.
Ralph added: “Supported by Arts Council of Wales, this collection also reflects elements of the company’s wider education and training programme, including the 2019 Wales International Ballet Summer School.”