SEAN KISBY looks at exhibitions by locally-based artists Elfyn Lewis and Andre Stitt in the city centre.
Gallery Ten, on Windsor Place in the centre of Cardiff, is showcasing more of Grangetown’s finest artists over October and November 2016.
“Hiraethu”, a month-long exhibition of acrylic paintings by Grangetown-based artist Elfyn Lewis, finished on 8th October. Elfyn, originally from Porthmadog, won the National Eisteddfod of Wales Gold Medal for fine art in 2009 and was Welsh Artist of the Year in 2010.
His paintings are often vibrantly coloured and layered, energetically splattered over constrasting sharp lines and curves. On first glance they appear as abstract patterns but, after a few minutes, you will see many of his works are mountainous landscapes, no doubt the hiraeth (yearning) for the dramatic peaks and valleys of his native North Wales.
His most effective paintings are his unframed paintings on canvas, such as Rhiannon and Pistyll in the current exhibition. The rich layers of black, white, blue, yellow and green paint literally ooze and drip over the edges of the canvas, adding another dimension to his work for which he is best known.
Beginning on 14th October Gallery Ten is exhibiting a solo exhibition by mixed media artist Andre Stitt.
Stitt works at his studio off Penarth Road in the heart of Grangetown. He is a professor of fine art at Cardiff Metropolitan University and recently exhibited a three dimensional artwork at the National Eisteddfod in Abergavenny. The exhibition at Gallery Ten (on until November 19th) carries on the theme launched at the Eisteddfod, using colourful paint on three-dimensional wooden panels. Sounds like an exhibition not to be missed!
The latest exhibitions follow on from the recent solo show at Gallery Ten by another Grangetown-based artist John Abell. He now has an artwork on display on hoardings near the old Nat West bank in Clare Road.