A Celebration of the Meirionnydd Landscape
Please note the gallery is closed on Mondays and also will be closed on Saturday 13th August for a private function.
About the Exhibition
This exhibition includes paintings by Clyde Homes and Bernard Barnes (resident artist) inspired by the Meirionnydd landscape, and there will be screenings of ‘Meirionnydd, a very special place‘, a short film featuring beekeeping in this beautiful county. The film is produced by Greengage films.
The exhibition will be open every day 11am to 4:30pm except for Mondays when the gallery is closed.
Meirionnydd is a coastal and mountainous region of Wales,and was a sub-kingdom of Gwynedd, founded, according to legend, by Meirion (or Marianus). The kingdom lay between the River Mawddach and the River Dovey, spreading in a north-easterly direction. For more information see Wikipedia.
Clyde Holmes was born in London. His father was a Londoner who worked for the Royal Mail and his mother, who was Polish, worked in a factory. Clyde spent two years working as a session musician for various bands before going to study fine art at Hornsey College of Art and St Martin’s School of Art from 1965 to 1968. He then got a job at the British Library working with blind people until he made the decision to leave London in search of a more rural life.
In 1970, Clyde searched for a place in north Wales that would feed his imagination and inspire his work. He found a remote Snowdonia farmhouse that had been abandoned in 1947, when the house was covered in snow and the resident farmer lucky to escape with his life. But Clyde felt it was the perfect place, and during the ensuing decades, the area became a home to him and his family and very much part of who he was.
This isolated and unspoilt location has been described by Clyde as an ‘island’, a pocket of wilderness that survives against the human desire to build, cultivate and control. The uplands inspired both his painting and his poetry.
Clyde’s paintings were concerned with expressing the mystery and power of the wilder aspects of the landscape – of which he believed we are all part. Clyde tried to communicate the mood swings of Snowdonia through cloud-shadow, wind and light working off one another, that constant flux of light and shadow. The traditional landscape view may be cropped and aspects zoomed in on, to explore their abstract potential.
Clyde’s work featured in BBC2’s Visions of Snowdonia (1997) and is represented at the Victoria & Albert Museum, MOMA Wales and the National Library of Wales. His final collection, Watermarks, which was Arts Council-funded, comprises oil paintings comparing the “lakescapes” of Finland and Wales.
During his life Clyde published four poetry collections which portrayed his love of the landscape and wildlife, and Guardian First Book award winner Robert Macfarlane chose Skywalls (1998) to represent Snowdonia in a 2005 Guardian article mapping nature, from south to north. But above all, Clyde’s poetry was a celebratory act arising from his passion and concern for the rare birds, plants and insects that lived all around him.
Clyde Holmes died in May 2008 aged 67.
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Greengage Films is an independent production company based in Mid Wales, the dedicated team provide oustanding films for internet and broadcast purposes. The company work closely with ethically minded organizations including NGOs and charities, providing them with the opportunity to use the powerful tool of moving imaging to promote their work
After graduating in fine art, Malka worked as a photographer for RTL television in Germany, then went on to assist the environmental and wildlife photographer David Woodfall. She then specialised in moving imaging. After breaking into the TV industry working on various programmes, including Time Team(C4), Climate Chaos(BBC4) and Iolos Welsh Safari(BBC wales) it became apparent that Malka wanted to work closer to the subject she was filming. She started volunteering for NGO’s and charities including the London Wildlife Trust and the RSPB, getting her hands dirty digging, hedge laying and fulfilling other tasks required. From this the seed for Greengage Films has grown.
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