Exhibition of new work by Louise Collis, Julie Davies, Robert Wells plus work by regular gallery artists including Susan Barber, Howard Jones and Eleanor Whiteman:
Abergavenny artist Louise Collis celebrates Wales’ outstanding beauty spots with this profile inspired by seascapes, harbours, beaches, coves and some very dramatic Welsh scenery.
As a Plein Air painter Louise paints outside whatever the weather using strong colours and bold brush strokes to convey the movement and beauty of the landscape. She can often be spotted sat on a hillside or a cliff top painting on a sunny day or braving the elements inside her car if it’s wet. She travels and paints widely around the UK but for this exhibition has concentrated on the beautiful welsh landscape. Working in oils she tries to complete her paintings onsite in one sitting, capturing the scene in front of her as it changes.
'Painting outdoors forces you to be more decisive than in the studio, you have to paint quickly before the view is lost in mist and rain’ says Louise Collis. ‘I enjoy devoting time to a painting in situ where I can observe the landscape and become absorbed in it’.
This new profile comprises of 15 paintings not previously shown.
Julie Davies was brought up in the Ogmore Valley, a former bustling mining community following the arrival of the coal industry in the mid 19th Century. Today it’s made up of a small number of valley villages with rows of typical terraces, pubs, clubs, churches and grassed over slag heaps.
It’s this post mining landscape that surrounds Julie Davies’ home and is where she finds inspiration for her work. She has always had an interest in art from an early age, but having received no formal training past A Level, is largely self-taught. Since her retirement as a ward manager at the Angleton mental health unit in 2019, she developed her artistic skills. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic she has returned to working bank shifts at the hospital during times of staff shortages but also used the time to develop a series of ‘Valley and Welsh Reflections’ mainly through the medium of acrylic.
Her work has been exhibited at numerous galleries across South Wales. Her most recent show was part of Kevin Sinnott’s Lockdown exhibition at Studio 28, Pontycymmer.
Born & bred in the South Wales Valleys, Robert Wells has always had an interest in Welsh mountains and this has formed the basis of his artwork for many years. For this current series his inspiration was drawn from the Brecon Beacons and more specifically the renowned Pen y Fan Peaks and surrounding areas. He methodically studied the mountainous landscape at various times of day and during the changing seasons in order to capture the incredible drama with its rapidly changing light conditions and tonal values. His recent introduction of a bold palette and a painterly approach has helped create and enhance the changing drama even further.