Exhibition of art by Richard Morgan at St John's Hall Gallery Barmouth 5-30 September 2017

Paintings, Prints, Photography and Sculpture by Richard Morgan

The exhibition will include paintings, prints, photography and sculpture by Richard Morgan from Llanfachreth, Gwynedd. The exhibition will be open every day 11 am to 4:30 pm except Mondays when the gallery is closed.

About the Artist

Richard Morgan is a native of South Wales. Having attended grammar schools in Bridgend and Pengam he completed his Art education at the University of Sussex in Brighton and at the University of Wales, Abertystwyth, before taking up a teaching post at Ysgol Y Berwyn, Bala. He taught alongside Glyn Baines, eventually succeeding him as Head of Art at the school. At Bala he was an important part of the strong tradition in expressive and performing Arts and the Art dept, and made a major contribution to this flourishing movement that continues to this day.

Having recently retired, Richard now spend his time shaping the land on his smallholding in Llanfachreth with his wife Eluned and assorted livestock. Winter months are spent travelling and taking photographs which often become the inspiration for developing Art on his return. There are photographs in this exhibition from Peru and North America, but the landscape of this particular corner of North Wales is an enduring influence on his work.

Artist’s Statement

Art has always been an important part of my life, without ever being my whole life. I can no sooner explain where Art comes from as explain what life itself is about. I know that for me Creativity is vital and life-affirming, and in some way connects me to the great universal forces that move through all of us. The natural world is filled with wonder and magic and it is this that inspires me to create artefacts and images. These images can be derived from real and imagined places – they do not seek to record the particular place but rather are the vehicle for an underlying abstraction that seems to strike a chord with our aesthetic sense of order, colour and composition. As such they are intuitive forms that try to convey the inherent music or poetry of a place rather than it’s purely visual appearance.

My artistic statement can be summed up in two quotes by Maurice Denis:

“Remember that a painting is essentially a flat surface covered with colours assembled in a certain way.”
and
“All that is necessary to paint well is to be sincere”

Work in this small exhibition is deliberately diverse in terms of style and media and reflects a cross section of pieces created over the last 2 years.

Links

If you are interested in viewing more work by Richard, please look at his website (www.celfrichardmorganart.com).

If you are on Facebook, please have a look at Richard’s pictures and like his facebook page there.

Preview

A few examples of Richard Morgan’s work below. Please click on any picture to open in lightbox.

Fragments of Devon prints now available to buy from Red Bubble

A selection of the paintings by Bernard Barnes from his new Fragments of Devon collection have been photographed at high resolution and are available as prints from a third party service, Redbubble.com. The prints are produced by this services and shipped to you direct with a percentage commission to the artist. Prints are available as posters, art prints (on high quality paper), framed art prints (with various frame options), canvases – all of which have various size options. The gallery is not responsible for any issues about the production or delivery.

Bernard is preparing a book about this collection, and more information about each painting and drawing can be found on his newly designed website. Details of exhibition dates will be announced in due course.

Painting copyright Bernard Barnes

Guide Prices

Check the Redbubble site for definitive prices. All prices need to add delivery. There are also offers from time to time. An indication of the range of prices is given below:

Art Prints

Small (300mm x 400mm) £12.47 to Extra Large (600mm x 800mm) £37.92

Framed Art Prints

Small (square 203mm x 203mm; rectangle 203mm x 256mm) £64.07 to Large (square 407mm x 407mm; rectangle 407mm x 511mm) £108.89
Framed prints have a choice of 2 frame styles, 4 frame colours and 3 mount colours, which may affect prices.

Canvas Prints (unframed)

Small (square 203mm x 203mm rectangle 203mm x 256mm) £48.00 to Extra Large (square 508mm x508mm; rectangle 508mm x 639mm) £108.00

Poster

Small option only (rectangle 418mm x 525mm) £10.31 to (square 418mm x 418mm) £11.79

Paintings and Prints by Jon George

The exhibition will be of paintings and prints by Jon George, some scenes local to the gallery (such as the Bath House, Barmouth seen below).

The exhibition will be open 11am to 4:30pm every day (except Mondays when closed). The private view for this exhibition is at 7:30pm on Saturday 3rd September.

About the artist

Jon George was born in 1944 in Barrow-in-Furness, a shipbuilding town in Cumbria. He studied fine art at Falmouth 1965-68 specialising in painting, following his own wish to refer increasingly to landscape and other aspects of the seen world. Jon says:

“I questioned the place and purpose of art and its contribution to society and in this respect became interested in printmaking for its socialistic values.”

Print copyright Jon George
Bath House Cafe, Barmouth, Wales. screen-print 66x49cm (26″x20″)

Later he developed his own kind of block-printing method, which he calls Castprinting. Jon is running a workshop at the gallery on how to do Castprinting (see separate post).

In 1980 Jon was a founder member of a group of artists who took over an old factory in East London to convert it into studios by their own hands, and they are still there today.

Print copyright Jon George
‘Vine’, photo-castprint 57x68cm (23″x27″)

Artist’s statement

As a landscape painter I recognize that I am in pursuit of beauty and believe that, in itself, this is worthy enough an object in my art. However, alongside this is another need to observe truthfully those things, due to human activity, that disturb the beauty and constantly threaten it. So my art aims to take both elements to create a balanced view of reality. The act of being in the natural environment and spending time drawing it in the field is crucial to my belief. Between seeing and the drawn rendering of pencil to paper comes a personal, poetic change due to interpretation, which is not self conscious.

My paint media of choice is egg tempera, which I took up when needing a quick drying paint but it proved to be much more than that – delicate, subtle, and translucent with colour so pure. Again from the drawings to the making of paintings or prints in the studio come another contemplation and the application of colour and ideas, which is now conscious and inventive.

More information about Jon George: www.jongeorgeartist.co.uk

Print copyright Jon George
‘Baranyini’, hand-castprint 50×56 cm (20.5″x23″)

Private View: Jon George Exhibition

This is the private view of the exhibition that is in the gallery from 4th – 30th September Paintings and Prints by Jon George. The private view is really a chance to get together, in a party atmosphere with refreshments and music, to preview the exhibition and meet the artist. All are welcome.

Fragments of Barmouth prints are available on Redbubble

A selection of the paintings by Bernard Barnes that are in the Fragments of Barmouth exhibition have been photographed at high resolution and are available as prints from a third party service, Redbubble.com. The prints are produced by this services and shipped to you direct with a percentage commission to the artist. Prints are available as posters, art prints (on high quality paper), framed art prints (with various frame options), canvases – all of which have various size options. The images are also available as greetings cards and postcards. The gallery is not responsible for any issues about the production or delivery.

Guide Prices

Check the Redbubble site for definitive prices. All prices need to add delivery. There are also offers from time to time. At time of writing 20% off with code CREEPY20. An indication of the range of prices is given below:

Art Prints

Small (300mm x 400mm) £12.47 to Extra Large (600mm x 800mm) £37.92

Framed Art Prints

Small (square 203mm x 203mm; rectangle 203mm x 256mm) £64.07 to Large (square 407mm x 407mm; rectangle 407mm x 511mm) £108.89
Framed prints have a choice of 2 frame styles, 4 frame colours and 3 mount colours, which may affect prices.

Canvas Prints (unframed)

Small (square 203mm x 203mm rectangle 203mm x 256mm) £48.00 to Extra Large (square 508mm x508mm; rectangle 508mm x 639mm) £108.00

Poster

Small option only (rectangle 418mm x 525mm) £10.31 to (square 418mm x 418mm) £11.79

Image copyright Christine Dymond

The Big Chill Out Exhibition by Christine Dymond

Christine Dymond, an Artist and teacher currently based in Devon, has long been fascinated by the patterns and motifs of decorative art. Her first inspiration was Celtic Design, but her many trips to India and South Asia in recent years have given her a particular interest in temple and palace art.

Using her extensive knowledge of decorative motifs from many different cultures, Chris has created a series of intricate designs for colouring. Her début collection was published in 1995, making it possibly the first adult colouring book on the market. It was produced in large format, with the idea the work would be cut out and framed.  This book has recently been republished under the new title, The Big Chill Out Colouring Book (Search Press)

Examples of Chris’ exquisite designs, coloured by the artist using a variety of media, are now available as high-quality limited edition prints which are in this exhibition. The exhibition will be open 11am to 4:30pm every day except Mondays when the gallery is closed.

Christine Dymond has a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/thebigchilloutcolouringbook/

Christine painting one of her designs
Christine painting one of her designs

A few examples of Christine’s work

Announcing September 2016 Exhibition by Artist Jon George

We are looking forward to presenting an exhibition of the work of artist Jon George 4th-30th September (every day 11-4:30 except closed Mondays). Please do come to the private view, if you can, on Saturday 3rd September at 7:30pm. Here is a preview of some of his work.

Print copyright Jon George
‘Vine’, photo-castprint 57x68cm (23″x27″)
Print copyright Jon George
Bath House Cafe, Barmouth, Wales. screen-print 66x49cm (26″x20″)
Print copyright Jon George
‘Baranyini’, hand-castprint 50×56 cm (20.5″x23″)

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