'Pregethwr' oil & acrylic on canvas 75x100cm 2013
Llygaid Hanes // History’s Eyes
Paintings for my solo exhibition ‘Llygaid Hanes’ at gallery/ten, Cardiff from September 6th – October 5th 2013
Llygaid Hanes // ‘History’s Eyes’
‘History’s Eyes’ is a body of work documenting Welsh women from the 19th century.
Whilst accurate historical references are made, the portraits depict fake constructs rather than actual bygone figures. Through the creation of the false portraits I developed the idea of a Welsh Painting Tradition complete with its own home-grown Masters, a group I count myself among.
By displaying works from The Welsh School of Painting, I create an alternative image of Welsh women to counter the representation often seen in tourist shops. Some would argue that this is the only ubiquitous presence of women from Wales’ past.
It is important that the viewer can relate to these women and for this they must seem to have once lived. Hence the idea of giving ‘history eyes’ to engage with the present. I am fascinated by the power of the direct gaze to create an utterly distraction-free moment between viewer and painting. These connections need no prior knowledge or education to be understood, it is an innate understanding.