Roath’s Creative Heart: Coming Up At Albany Gallery

Albany Gallery was established in 1965 and is recognised as one of Wales’ most successful and long- established privately owned commercial art galleries. The monthly exhibition programme of leading Welsh and British artists provides a showcase for solo and group shows in a variety of media. Exhibitors include Royal Academicians, members of the Royal Cambrian Academy, the New English Art Club and the Society of Women Artists. Here’s a round-up of what artists you can expect to see at the Albany Gallery; with exhibitions from Spring into early Summer 2024 listed here.

David Tress and Lisa-Marie Tann

5 April-27 April

David Tress“Over many years my work has varied quite widely in subject matter, although landscapes are the core subject. They can be many different things, ranging from urban subjects to wide expanses of western moors and mountains, and from studies of individual trees and stones, to broad expanses of sea and coastline,” says Tress.

“Pembrokeshire remains a central subject of my work and the landscape around St Davids figures in a number of paintings in the exhibition. I often go and draw in the valley behind the Cathedral, spending time absorbing the changing colours and contrasts of land and sky throughout the year.”

Lisa-Marie Tann“I am an artist living and working in Cardiff, South Wales. I exhibit regularly and am represented by a number of galleries in England and Wales. I am a member of the Makers Guild in Wales, and since 2019 I have been on the Board of Trustees. I am an active member of the creative community in Cardiff and have been involved in a number of arts groups, being instrumental in setting up regular exhibitions, arts markets and residencies.

“My latest work marks a methodological shift away from the printed surface image. Instead, I have begun to apply slips and glazes directly to the clay forms, experimenting with colour and texture to produce abstract designs that nonetheless evoke natural phenomena. The constant source of inspiration for my artwork is nature, mainly rock textures, exposed strata layers in the cliffs, eroded beach debris, and generally any interesting textures and colours I encounter while walking.”

Michael de Bono and Russ Chester

3 May-25 May

Michael de Bono– A realist oil painter working in the tradition of the Italian and Northern Renaissance. Michael is fascinated by the Flemish masters and Carrvaggisti, both having inspired him to begin painting in 1997. Michael’s compositions are crafted with meticulous attention to detail and with an oil technique that creates elusive yet vivid light effects. Michael’s paintings have been selected by the Royal Academy of Art in London in four of its summer exhibitions, a rare accomplishment. In 2009 Michael was awarded two prizes by the Worshipful Company of Lynn Painter Stainers for his painting titled Natural Philosophy. He is the first artist to have received a dual prize in the history of the award. In 2013 Michael was presented at the Mall galleries with the RBA Arts Trust Award. Michael has also exhibited his paintings with many eminent institutions including the Royal Society of Portrait Painters, the Royal Institute of Oil Painters, and the Royal British of England Academy.

Russ Chester– After the success of his first solo exhibitions in Oriel Môn and Oriel Plas Glyn-y-Weddw in 2022, and an invite to show his work in Cardiff and London the following year, he was wondering what should be painted next. He was determined to find a reason for painting, rather than just painting because he could. Never been able to exactly pinpoint “Welshness”, his current project Chwilio am Gymru (Looking for Wales), explores culture, heritage, environment, conservation and the working landscape seen through the eyes of his community and ‘Chwilio am Gymru (Looking for Wales) is the result of intense work and research.

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