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Holland was born in Glasgow in 1941. He trained at St. Martin's School of Art from 1965-69. Since the 1970s this extraordinary classical artist has had over 30 solo exhibitions and figured in countless group exhibitions worldwide. Not surprisingly, his work has developed a substantial international following amongst collectors and has found its way into numerous important public collections world-wide including the Tate Gallery, British Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art New York, National Museum of Wales, National Portrait Gallery Canada, Welsh Arts Council, European Parliament Collection, Belgian National Collection and the Fitzwilliam Museum Cambridge.
Paul Beauchamp was born in Barrow-upon-Soar, Leicestershire in 1948. He studied at Loughborough and Hornsey Colleges of Art from 1968-71 and completed his postgraduate studies at The Slade School of Fine Art, London.
Paul was appointed to the Fine Art Staff at Cardiff College of Art in 1974 and became Course Director of B.A. Studies in1990 and Course Director of M.A. Studies in 99 until his retirement in 2006.
He has a studio in Cardiff and compliments his art practice with the craft of Lutherie.
He has exhibited widely in Britain, Europe and the United States and has been a former chair of Ffotogallery Cardiff and director of the Artists’ Project/Prosiect Artistiad.
Throughout his career Paul has worked in a number of different mediums and is represented in various public and private collections including the Arts Council for Wales, Arts Council of England, National Museum and Galleries of Wales, University College London, University of Wales Bangor and Aberystwyth, The College of Charleston, USA, The Tate Gallery London, and The Contemporary Art Societies of England and Wales..
Steve Young was born and raised in the small country town of Haslemere not far from London. After studying at the local art school he attended the Chelsea School of Art in London. He graduated with first class honours and, after a year of post-graduate study and a period as artist-in-residence at Sussex University, he moved to Cardiff where he has lived and worked ever since.
He has experimented widely as an artist, ranging from highly reductionist abstract paintings in his early years, through a period of large, highly experimental, painted sculptural constructions, before arriving at his mature style. His influences remain diverse ranging from the deceptive lightness of Fragonard and the compositional and spatial invention of Toulouse-Lautrec to the sense of simultaneity and flux offered by Futurism. Seaside places have also been a major source of inspiration, particularly those of South West Wales and Formentera, Baleares, where he has visited to work each summer for many years. Here the human comedy in all its mystery is played out in the open air and in unfamiliar circumstances.
Steve Young has shown in a wide range of public and private galleries in the UK and in the rest of Europe. As well as teaching painting he has been a Head of School, Director of Learning and Teaching and Course Director in the Cardiff School of Art & Design.
Brendan Stuart Burns studied Fine Art at Cardiff College of Art (1981 – 1985), and postgraduate in painting at The Slade School of Art, University College London (1985 – 1987). Burns has exhibited both Nationally and Internationally, including America, France, Belgium, Australia and Spain. His one-person exhibitions include Influere Oriel y Parc, St Davids, (2010); Tidal Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown, (2005); Not the Stillness… Newport Museum & Art Gallery (2002); As well as Being… National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Turner House Gallery, Cardiff (1999). He has shown widely in group exhibitions, including Masterpieces of Modern British Art’, Osbourne Samuel Gallery London (2008); Refractions / Shadows 7 Artists curated by Mel Gooding, Lemon St Gallery Truro (2008); Vll Xuntanza Obradoiro Internacional das Artes Plasticas, Museo Municipal ‘Ramon Maria Allen, Spain (2004); Places, National Museums & Galleries of Wales, Cardiff (2003); Painting Ysbryd / Spirit Wales, Festival Interceltique de L’Orient, France; Different Lights, UKwithNY Festival, Angel Orensanz Arts Centre, New York (2001); Welsh Artists Talking, National Museum & Galleries of Wales, Cardiff (2000). His work is held in numerous private and public collections including The National Museum & Galleries of Wales and The Derek Williams Trust, The Contemporary Art Society of Wales, A Fundacion Casa Museo ‘A Solaina’ de Pilono, Spain, The University of Glamorgan and Contemporary Art Society of Britain (Tom Bendhem Bequest).
Kevin Sinnott is one of the most popular artists in Britain: his figures in landscape and images of human relationships are widely sought-after by collectors and museums. Born in South Wales in 1947, he is a contemporary Welsh artist with a truly international reputation. He trained at The Royal College of Art, and remained in London during the 70s and 80s, building a successful career, exhibiting at several leading galleries, and in major galleries in the U.S.A. and Europe. His paintings are to be found in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the British Museum, Royal College of Art, Ashmolean Museum, and private collections worldwide. His painting 'Running Away with the Hairdresser' was voted by visitors as their favourite at the National Museum of Wales.
Maggie James is a figurative painter who works with oilpaint on linen and gouache on arches paper. The current series of paintings 2006 -2011 are romantic landscapes, suffused with rogue undercurrents - mud, sweat, hiding places. Not entirely benign, but paradoxically magical - with indications of still deep water, steps and pathways – with flickering references to fairytales and their transgressions. They have a sensual element – some are like silk, others have a visceral feel of being inside the body looking out. The paintings are made in the studio in Cardiff Bay, but the work really starts out in the landscape with blocks of paper and pencil. Particularly interested in the fluidity of gouache and oil paint and in the historical and contemporary uses of these versatile mediums..
Maggie James shows her work regularly in the UK. exhibitions include The Discerning Eye; JP Portrait Award Exhibition, National Portrait Gallery; 56 Group Wales touring show of Czechoslovakia; ‘Artists who studied with Peter de Francia’, Camden Arts Centre; ‘Interior View’ Aberystwyth Art Centre plus group exhibitions Martin Tinney, Cardiff . Paintings are in Private and Public Collections in UK including Contemporary Art Society of Wales and Imperial College, London.
Studied at the Painting School, Royal College of Art, London - awarded John Minton Scholarship- and Northumbria University. Currently member of - Butetown Artists Studios, Cardiff and the gallery education organisation 'engage'
Born in Glasgow in 1948, John Macfarlane trained at Glasgow School of Art. He now regards Wales as his home, having lived here since 1975. John has pursued parallel careers in painting and theatre design and is now recognised as one of the world's foremost designers for opera and ballet, having worked for many of the world's leading opera and ballet companies. Having exhibited his paintings and design drawings throughout Europe, John has become one of the most collectable of contemporary artists/designers. His work hangs in many prestigious public collections including the National Museum of Wales.
Michael Crowther was born in St. John’s Chapel, County Durham, in 1946. In 1970 he was appointed lecturer at Cardiff College of Art; he retired as head of painting there in 2006.
During the 70’s and 80’s he made paintings which were huge in scale; mobile in their construction they seemed to contain some sort of frozen or arrested narrative. These were widely exhibited in Britain and Europe, including: The British Art Show; John Moores Liverpool Exhibitions; 11th Paris Biennale; Twelve British Painters, Reykjavik; Serpentine Gallery, London; Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London.
For the last twenty years he has worked from direct observation, making still life paintings of flowers, shells, occasionally sea food, as well as objects he makes himself. These works are small in scale, painted on panel or on various sorts of primed linen. They increasingly engage and develop the haptic and chromatic issues which have persistently informed his painting.
Based in Cardiff, Philip Nicol is a commited and successful artist. He has been awarded first prize in the University of Glamorgan Painting Competition Prize in 1998 and was also awarded the Gold Medal in Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod of 2002 . His work has, over the last six years, been collected by The National Musuem of Wales, The National Assembly, Newport Museum and Art Gallery and The Contemporary Art Society of Wales.
Philip has exhibited both nationally and internationally in both group and solo shows. Over the last decade he has shown his paintings in Berlin, San Francisco, Richmond Virginia, Gstaad, Brussels and Czechoslovakia.
His work is in numerous private collections as well as, amongst others, the following public bodies: The Contemporary Art Society of Wales, Newport Museum and Art Gallery, The National Assembly of Wales, The National Museum of Wales (Derek Williams Trust Purchase), The Southern Arts Collection, Cardiff County Council, Glyn Vivian Museum, Swansea, Slovak National Museum,
Czechoslovakia, University of Glamorgan and Leeds College of Art & Design.
He makes luminous paintings of urban spaces in which the ordinary and commonplace is transformed into the extraordinary. Somewhat dreamlike and metaphysical in character, these works present a very particular ‘take’ on the
world we inhabit and feel we know.
Born in, Edmonton Alberta, Canada, in 1978, Tim moved back to Britain during the 1980’s and grew up in the agricultural landscapes of East Yorkshire. In 1997 he studied art and design at York College. 1998 saw a move to Wales and further studies in fine art at, Cardiff School of Art and Design, to both BA and MA levels, from where he graduated in 2002. It was during this period that he made the transition from painting to lens based media. With the industrial and rural landscapes of Wales as a backdrop, he formalised his practice within the field of landscape art and developed a practice incorporating both digital and analogue photographic techniques.
At the centre of this practice are the conflicts of the urban and the rural, the fictitious and the real, the synthetic and the natural, the poetic gesture and the every day. It is the arrangement of these things and their poetry that are the landscapes.
Subsequently, his work has been widely exhibited and received much acclaim. In 2007, a series of works won the, National Purchase Prize, at the Welsh Eisteddfod, and are now part of the Contemporary Arts Society Collection, Wales. In 2009 he was award the title, Welsh Artist of the Year, and was selected for the Northern Print Biennale, Laing Gallery, Newcastle upon Tyne. In 2010 he exhibited at the, Stuttgart, Fotosommer International Festival, in association with Ffotogallery, Wales.