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Celebration of Colour and Life – Glyn Baines

3 July 2018 - 28 July 2018

Mixed media abstract collage by Glyn Baines in exhibition at St John's Hall Gallery 3-28 July 2018

We are so pleased to have our friend and Eisteddfod gold medal winner, Glyn Baines, exhibiting a selection of his mixed media abstract collages at the gallery in July.

The exhibition will be open 11am to 4:30pm Tuesday to Sunday, closed on Mondays.


Glyn Baines was born in Carrog, Denbighshire in 1930, and later moved with his family to farm on the Lleyn Peninsula. He studied art at Wrexham and Cardiff, and subsequently taught art at Ysgol Y Berwyn, Y Bala from 1966 until his retirement in 1989. He now paints full time.

Glyn is particularly noted for his abstract collages which have attracted much critical acclaim and an increasingly large following. He himself has said, “I like to describe my work as a celebration of colour and life” and the collages in this exhibition are certainly proof that this is very much the case. With his bold use of colour, strong shapes and striking compositions, Glyn’s work is arresting and thought-provoking.

In 2015, he achieved well-deserved recognition when awarded the Gold Medal in Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod of Wales. At 84 he was the oldest artist to receive this prestigious award.


The artistic process

Glyn is inspired by the nature in the north Wales landscape – and in his garden. Strips of paper are cut out and piled up on his studio floor before they are transformed on the canvas. “Every piece is a problem but it’s great fun,” he told BBC Wales arts and media correspondent Huw Thomas.

Glyn Baines online

Glyn doesn’t have a website. There is a video of him talking about his work on the BBC website here: (you need Flash to view it)

This interesting video shows his collage process (commentary in Welsh – 28 mins).


3 July 2018
28 July 2018
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