The Albany Gallery is set to host Welsh artist Martin Llewellyn in a new exhibition which features a stunning collection of paintings from his favourite places in Wales.
The Neath-based artist is well known for his distinct style, capturing the country’s moody, windswept landscape with his palette-knife paintings. His upcoming solo exhibition at Albany Gallery, Cardiff, features a collection of paintings of Pembrokeshire, Gower and North Wales.
Martin started painting professionally in 2012. Completely self-taught, he has quickly risen to be regarded as one of today’s leading Welsh palette knife painters. He began painting in watercolour painter but, inspired by the techniques of Sir Kyffin Williams, Charles Wyatt Warren and Gwilym Prichard, he soon discovered the dramatic possibilities of working in oils with a palette knife.
His richly textured oils in a muted palette beautifully capture the distinctive atmosphere of Wales, whether depicting the drama of Three Cliffs Bay, the shadows over Pen yr Ole Wen, Gwynedd or the waves beating against the cliffs at St Non’s, Pembrokeshire.
Martin has a deep affinity with the Welsh landscape, where the scenery can change dramatically in just a few hours. He paints with a rich array of deep greens and greys to portray a misty morning in the countryside of North Wales or adds a subtle yellow to capture the essence of the beautiful Fairy Glen in Betws-y-Coed.
He says: “For this collection, I’ve taken inspiration from the dramatic coastline and landscapes of Wales and wanted to capture the mood and atmosphere into my paintings. I’ve visited all the places I paint. I normally sketch outside, then take the sketches to the studio to paint.”
“I travel to North Wales regularly and, with Pembrokeshire and Gower basically on the doorstep, I tend to go there sketching as much as possible, whatever the weather.”
Martin is one of the gallery’s top selling artists, and has regular sell-out exhibitions in North Wales and London.
The exhibition runs from 15 September – 7 October.
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