Featured Artist

"Illuminating Journeys"

 

"Illuminating Journeys" brings together the work of three different yet similar artists. Each of them originally set out on a different career path and all are strongly influenced by the effects of light.
Pembrokeshire native Janet Llewellyn, originally a maths teacher in the Pembrokeshire education system, ending her teaching career at Pembrokeshire College, Chris Prosser a graphic designer working in London and Cardiff and now Head of Art at Tasker Milward School, and Milford born Jade Sims who studied fine art at Cardiff before moving into ceramics in her studio in Cardiff.
Chris Prosser explained "Living in an apartment practically overlooking the sea I'm subconsciously influenced and inspired by the ever changing cloud formations and rapidly altering climatic conditions that occur daily from my windows.  Working from photographs and my imagination I combine these elements back in the studio to create mostly square formatted canvases that explore the effect of changes in the weather and its effect on the landscape.
"He continued, "Light plays an extremely important part in my work; glimpses of cerulean blue appear through dark foreboding skies offering hope and enlightenment in what can sometimes be a harsh but still beautiful terrain.   In other works, light, shifting clouds and rolling seas are portrayed through many transparent layers of acrylic paint combined with copious amounts of dry brushing using flat head brushes to achieve a sense of movement and sometimes create accidental areas of mark-making.
"Following a busy working life of mother, farmer's wife and teacher Janet took up drawing and painting some 12 years ago and has been fortunate to spend frequent weeks painting alongside international artists here and in Europe.
Janet's work includes mixed subject matter, local boats, black and white painted cottages, movement of the sea and coastal scenes in oils.  She pointed out, "I'm still searching for my own unique style, learning all the time, so I don't like to stick to one subject matter. I'm influenced by colour, movement and light and love to experiment with different media. I'm strongly drawn to watercolour, when you can let the water do its job and there's less drawing to do. Truly for me I think I enjoy the pleasure of the process, solving the problems and achieving the desired effect.
" Newly graduated designer maker ceramicist Jade Sims from Milford Haven has been passionate about the arts since a young age but it is only in the past year of her degree course at Cardiff Metropolitan, after taking a Foundation Course at Pembrokeshire College and attending Milford Haven School that she has started to work with ceramics.  "It is the constant surprises that are revealed that drive me on to experiment and develop" she said.
Jade's range of quirky items, different sized canisters designed for practical use in the home, and given a decorative finish are made from a combination of materials, various clays, pewter, a palette of vintage pastels, and are quite unique but practical and will enhance any domestic setting.
The exhibition opens on Thursday 28 July and continues until 3 September.  The gallery is open from Monday to Saturday, 10.30am till 4.30pm, closed for lunch 12.30 till 1.30pm.

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