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The Picturemakers, Y Llunwyr, is a self-funded collective of visual artists, based in mid-Wales.
The Picturemakers is a mutually supportive collective of visual artists based in mid-Wales. Our ethos is one of continuous improvement and mutual encouragement to develop and become ever more professional in our practice. We meet for regular group discussions to share our work; both work-in-progress and finished work, so as to benefit from each other's experience, expertise, constructive criticism and ideas. We also share the learning about techniques and materials that we gain from attendance at courses and from personal experimentation.
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Lindsay Davies was born in Altrincham, Cheshire. She has lived in Mid Wales since 1996, working as an Occupational Therapist in Llandrindod Hospital until 2012. The landscape of the Wye valley and Mid Wales are a constant source of inspiration. She is currently working on paintings of the hills around Rhayader and the nature reserve Cors y Lyn.
'The process of ‘translation’ from sketch to painting is one that interests me and is often very elusive! The final picture, in a larger format and different medium is the result of progressive attempts to capture a sense of the weather, light and mood of a place.'
Rosemary Fahimi left school at 16 to work with horses and emigrated to Canada at 19. She returned to the UK in 1988 to run a hill farm and later to study at Aberystwyth University; initially a BA and subsequently an MA in fine art. She now finds that working both as a farmer and as an artist gives her a uniquely holistic view of the countryside, its animals and its people. She uses the subjects that are all around her and that she is part of, allowing her to give them life on canvas, wood engravings, or in sculpture.
‘Art has always been with me; sketching the animals and learning the ways of wild things wherever I have been.’
Philip Huckin draws and paints the Welsh landscape. He was awarded a scholarship by his old university, Aberystwyth and completed an MA in 2012. He has had shows in galleries in England and Wales and has work in private and Welsh national collections, including MOMA Machynlleth and The National Library of Wales.
‘I have a desire to capture the Welsh landscape and the names and deep cultural history that pervades the valleys, hills, villages, and man-made structures in Ceredigion.'
Kim James-Williams studied art at Carmarthen College of Technology and Art (Foundation), BA Fine Art (hons) at Winchester School of Art and MA Fine Art at University of Wales, Aberystwyth School of Art.
' I try to draw the essence of the subject, the bare bones, the exact thing that made me excited enough to choose that particular thing.'
Mike Laxton was born in Kent. He followed a career teaching Design in Secondary, Further and Higher Education. Though by training he has worked mainly with construction materials and related technology, he has always envied the freedom of expression that painting seem to have. He moved to Wales in 2007 and, following a course at the Art Centre in Aberystwyth, he has begun the journey to find a personal use of medium and image. Mike has exhibited at Aberystwyth Art Centre, MOMA in Machynlleth and as a gallery artist at Plas Glyn-y-Weddu Llanbedrog.
'I am enthralled and intrigued by the environment in Mid Wales and hope that my paintings both explore the drama and excitement that I feel; but also leave room for the spectator to add their own interpretation and meaning.'
Greteli Morton An ecologist, teacher and gardener, Greteli has always been inspired by the details of the natural world. For her, water-worn or weathered wood can be as exciting as sculpture and the ripples of peat-stained water are the worthy subject of a photographic study. From a young age Greteli has picked up or photographed beautiful things wherever she has gone and continues to surround herself with natural art. At the entrance to her studio in Penrhyncoch, beach glass, pebbles and fossils encased in resin form a glowing window panel.
‘I see abstract paintings just waiting to be realised on things like the pebbles and bits of rock I pick up and collect compulsively.’
Patrick Owen Patrick’s earliest recollections are of a Victorian pastoral scene with long horned cattle in his grandparents' home and he recalls with pleasure the reproductions of paintings by the great masters hanging in his school corridors. He attended adult evening classes in life painting for many years and became a weekend painter of London Parks and views along the Regents Canal. He now lives in Wales and paints its landscape, the occasional portrait and still life. He paints exclusively in oils, usually directly from the subject.
‘I derive great pleasure from looking at and learning from the paintings of other artists, both past and present.’
Dilwyn Roberts was born and bred in Montgomeryshire. He is a recently retired architect and art student, who started painting in earnest after attending a short course, Abstracting the Landscape, held at Gregynog. His preference for now is to express his art in semi-abstract form; the aim being to generate positive feeling but also allowing and encouraging the observer to speculate or imagine.
‘I seek the shapes and juxtapositions that others may not see and hope to bring them to the fore.’
Karl Sylvester studied art in Edinburgh, and has been based in Mid Wales since 2003. He works mainly in oil and charcoal, and his favoured subjects are landscape, figurative and still life. He demonstrates a painterly use of oils. He has exhibited widely throughout Wales and runs courses and workshops locally.
‘I believe that working directly from Nature develops a good eye and compassion for the world around us.’
Shelley Upton . The one time chef and restaurateur moved to Wales and worked as a seamstress until 1993 when she undertook the BSc (Hons) in Computer Science and subsequently worked for many years in Information Services at Aberystwyth University. The stimulation first derived from Life Long Learning art courses that she undertook as creative ‘release’ from her highly competitive working life re-kindled her passion for painting and allowed her to fully explore her creative side. She currently takes her inspiration from the coasts and hills of Ceredigion and Pembrokeshire.
‘I am inspired as much by the natural world as by an interesting face or the play of light as the weather constantly changes.’
Moira Vincentelli began to study fine art after retiring from forty years teaching art history at Aberystwyth University. She works in figurative drawing, painting and collage often with photographic elements. Inspired by figures in movement and gender politics, recent subjects include images of the refugee crisis, hijabis and dancers.
'I want to make work that conveys my emotional response to contemporary issues often as mediated in photography. Images of people – figures, faces and dress codes fascinate me and frame how we interpret the world.'
Ann Williams has exhibited with a number of groups and has work in private collections in Britain, Canada, the Netherlands and Sweden. Her work shows the artistic process of recording images as seen and then pushing that process forward, often arriving at semi-abstract conclusions. She creates her pictures to convey her sense of place and hopes the paintings will make the viewer see their environment in a new way. She had a solo exhibition at MOMA Wales, Machynlleth last winter.
‘My paintings are an extension of earlier textile compositions that explored the landscape of Wales; they still have the same strong sense of pattern, colour & texture and the brushstrokes often mirror stitches.’
Our Life President
Alistair Crawford lived in West Wales from 1974 to 2010, when he moved to Suffolk. Painter, printmaker, curator, art historian, writer, performer, he became the first Professor of Art in the history of Wales. Distinctions include invited academician of the Royal Cambrian Academy and Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers. He exhibits internationally and is represented world wide.
We also have a number of 'Resting members' whose details you can find on our website www.thepicturemakers.co.uk