Brigid Loizou, founder and curator of the award winning ‘Art at the Hall‘ in Llangathen, launches a brand new permanent contemporary art space in Ffairfach, Llandeilo, with its debut exhibition.
‘Let the Darkness In’ is an embrace of change through darkness; it is only through dark colours, physically, that we see light. The artists selected all have an interest in the properties of this quality.
What could be more emblematic of beginnings, than a painter’s black piece of charcoal – where form begins and unravels ideas onto the page? Adam Taylor has taken this a step further – his studio is an old coal shed, where this fine raw material was once stored and indicative of Welsh heritage. Adam now conjures bodies of paintings which explore his coastal, rugged landscapes in Pembrokeshire. When seeing his work for the first time in person, Brigid was immediately drawn to the dramatic, thickly applied black painting of a harbour with an orange buoy. “I also love the square shape of his canvas. Neither portrait nor landscape.”
In contrast, Beth Marsden, in her light-filled studio in North Gower, interweaves black (with beams of light) for its associations of dreams and its dual evocation of destruction and renewal in human and geological cycles. Brigid was introduced to Beth’s work by Gill Clement, the Mumbles based jeweller. Brigid was struck by the resonances of Beth’s subject matter and Studio Cennen’s site, the bare trees, silhouettes, shadows and reflections.
Exhibitors include London based ceramicist Paul James who will be showing in Wales for the first time. Sculptor Sharon Griffin, jeweller Gill Clement and ceramicists Kim Colebrook, Rhiannon Gwyn, Mick Morgan and Paul Taylor all currently show their work with the on-line gallery, and local potter Nick Membery.
Come ‘Let the Darkness In’ – whether your interest is in antique Welsh furniture, a painting, sculpture or a pot – there will be something for everyone. The affordable range, dynamic displays and friendly atmosphere makes for an opening exhib-ition not to be missed.
Exhibition: Group Show ‘Let the Darkness in’
Opening online at studiocennen.com from: 1st April until mid May. Viewing by appointment until restrictions lifted. Venue address: Studio Cennen, Heol Cennen, Ffairfach, Llandeilo SA19 6UH
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