Meirion Ginsberg  

MEIRION GINSBERG b.1985

Meirion Ginsberg is one of the most exciting young Welsh painters working today. He was born in North Wales in 1985 and trained at Cardiff College of Art.  His dynamic, enigmatic, colourful and painterly work is inspired by characters in his everyday life and fuses a range of influences. His reputation continues to grow with collectors and his latest paintings are always eagerly anticipated.

He says of his work: "As a child, cartoons and comics became a drive for me to take drawing seriously.  As well as this I was raised in a family of painters and musicians.  Drawing became a priority which sometimes or most times became more important than friends, and from a young age I started to become fluent with mark making.  In my teens the attraction of comics began to wear thin, partly because of ridiculous story lines that I never really was interested in.

Application and mark making became the interest or factors I was looking for in painting, learning a lot from ‘The Great Artists’ series, to which my father subscribed.  Norman Rockwell and Frances Bacon became my favourite painters. Even today I use elements of these two artists, although my knowledge and influence has expanded from the days of finding these treasures.

Humour plays a big part in my work, but this seems to be mellowed by the intuitive construction of my paintings.  I am a strong believer in improvisation and risk taking, which are two strong elements in my mind that strengthen my ideas and skill. In university I tried to move away from the traditional, but always seemed to come back to it in subtle ways.  Versatility plays a big part in my work and hopefully will continue to do so".