Gwilym Pritchard RcamA
oil on canvas
Signed and dated 1985
Pritchard is a noted 20th century Welsh artist born in Caerarvonshire. In the words of the Guardian’s obituary “he spent a lifetime capturing the coastlines and countryside of Wales, shunning the celebrated view and instead seeking out the secluded spot, the timeworn rock or weather-beaten cliff.” He invigorated 20th century British landscape painting with an emotional response to “the land and farms, the sea and sky because they … shaped my life.” He was influenced by his friend the artist Sir Kyffin Williams and following his death Gwilym assumed the mantle of senior figure in Welsh landscape painting. Ceri Richards once said that Gwilym Prichard ‘painted the bones beneath the land’.
He was elected to the Royal Cambrian Academy in 1959.
He staged his first solo exhibition in 1962 at the New Art Centre in London. Between 1966 and 1974, he had six solo exhibitions at Heal’s Mansard Gallery on Tottenham Court Road. Also Howard Roberts Gallery Cardiff, Martin Tinney Gallery Cardiff,
His work is held in many public collections including University College of Wales
National Library of Wales, Arts Council of Wales, Newport Museum, Bangor Univ.
61x 51 cms