Richard Barrett & Huw Jones - New Work
7 January 2018 - 28 January 2018
Oriel Tegfryn is delighted to present the works of two contrasting landscape artists – Richard Barrett and Huw Jones.
Richard Barrett was born in Cardiff in 1963. Although now based in Yorkshire, much of the inspiration for his work comes from spending time walking the coastline of Wales.
Being in the landscape and sketching provide the starting point for Richard's work. As the process of painting begins, instinct and memories guide the direction of the piece, with layers of paint energetically applied using brushes, palette knives and rags.
The seascapes and landscapes that emerge have an allusive, abstracted quality. The movement of the wind, the rain, or the sea foam, as well as the drama of a shaft of light striking the land, provide fleeting moments in a Welsh landscape and they invite the viewer in, to find their own interpretation, their own personal experience.
Huw Jones was born in Denbigh in 1955 and obtained his BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Preston Polytechnic. He gained an MA in painting at Chelsea School of Art from 1982 to 1983, and on finishing his studies returned to live and work quietly on the north Wales coast.
This exhibition presents his pared back seascapes, bordering on abstraction, that are beautifully painted and wonderfully atmospheric.
Deftly rendered summer skies over placid seas suggest a sensation of warmth and are reminders of summers at the beach, but other works, with their dramatically contrasting colours, darkening skies and brooding mountains, remind us of the volatility of this landscape he so cherishes.
This is an exciting exhibition of contrasting yet complementary paintings by two artists who both convey the ever changing Welsh landscape.