Glyn Baines & Helen Baines : Father and Daughter
12 May 2017 - 4 June 2017
Oriel Tegfryn is delighted to host an exhibition of new works by Glyn Baines and his daughter Helen Baines.
Glyn Baines was born in Carrog, Denbighshire in 1930, and later moved with his family to farm on the Lleyn Peninsula. He studied art at Wrexham and Cardiff, and subsequently taught art at Ysgol Y Berwyn, Y Bala from 1966 until his retirement in 1989. He now paints full time.
Glyn is particularly noted for his abstract collages which have attracted much critical acclaim and an increasingly large following. He himself has said, “I like to describe my work as a celebration of colour and life” and the collages in this exhibition are certainly proof that this is very much the case. With his bold use of colour, strong shapes and striking compositions, Glyn’s work is arresting and thought-provoking.
It is no surprise, then, that in 2015, he achieved well-deserved recognition when awarded the prestigious Gold Medal in Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod of Wales.
Helen was born in 1963 in Llai near Wrexham and now lives in Snowdonia. She takes inspiration from the immediate mountainous landscape surrounding her home, working almost entirely outdoors during the summer months. She says: ‘I spend hours sitting on rocks, recording as accurately as I can the true colours and shapes in front of me.’ Scratching through layers of pastel encourages a textural finish to her work. Continuing and developing these ideas in the studio enables her to introduce acrylics and to also work on a larger scale. The resulting images are powerful and conjure up the brooding majesty of Snowdonia.
This exhibition is of particular note not only because Glyn’s work is very rarely seen in public and because this is his and Helen’s first exhibition at Oriel Tegfryn but also because it has that other, unusual dimension – a father and daughter jointly exhibiting their work.