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Jane Bennett

Jane’s work is inspired by the mountains and skies of the Brecon Beacons and walks along the Gower coast. She uses oil, watercolour, acrylic and ink – experimenting with materials and mark making. The aim is produce a work that has the atmosphere, the sense of place rather than a faithfully reproduced view.
11th August - 17th October 2020
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Kenneth Craddock

Painter, illustrator, and wood engraver Kenneth worked as an illustrator for the Manchester Guardian before moving to Herefordshire in the 1950’s to become Principal of Hereford College of Art until 1971. During the late 1940’s and 50’s he produced many exquisite wood engravings of Herefordshire scenes when he visited the area and fell in love with this rural landscape – a contrast to his industrialised Northern hometown.
11th August - 17th October 2020
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Eleanor Glover

‘I am an artist/maker based in Bristol. My passion is to create new ways of expressing personal narrative; casting my own stories through mixed media sculpture, shadow theatre, and book art.’Eleanor’s varied works are widely exhibited with work held in public collections in the UK. She studied BA (Hons) in Graphic Design at Manchester College of Art and Design, followed by a Crafts Council Apprenticeship to the wooden toymaker Ron Fuller.
11th August - 17th October 2020
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Lily Irwin

Lily is an Irish artist based in London. Her work is rooted in observational drawing, finding the seeds of inspiration in the world around her – the past also plays a dominant role, exploring characters and their worlds through sources like architecture, photographs, letters and film. She uses varied materials in her paintings, such as lime wash, gouache and crayon. Lily recently graduated from the Cambridge School of Art in MA Illustration (considered one of the best colleges in the country...
11th August - 17th October 2020
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Ekaterina Khlebnikova

Katya was born in Moscow and graduated from Moscow University of Printing Arts with a specialism in ‘Graphic Arts’. She is a member of the Moscow Union of artists. and participates in many Russian and international exhibitions. Katya likes to experiment and mix materials and techniques creating multiple layers and textures.
11th August - 17th October 2020
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Amy Shuckburgh

Amy’s work combines broad strokes, bold colour and delicate lines, seeking out the emotional core of her subjects. Her landscapes of Cornwall, Wales, the Isle of Man, France as well as London, capture a personal search for space, with instinctive mark-making and use of colour. Amy trained at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Royal Drawing School and the Slade School of Art. Her portrait of the late Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter, completed from sittings in 2006, is permanently...
11th August - 17th October 2020
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Kevin Sinnot ma rca

Born 1947 in Sarn, South Wales, Kevin trained at Cardiff College of Art & Design, and at the Royal College of Art, London. Kevin remained in London throughout the 1970s and 80s, building a successful career, exhibiting at leading London galleries, major galleries in the USA and mainland Europe gaining an international reputation.Kevin returned to live in Wales in 1995. While his work is primarily concerned with human relationships, the influence of the south Wales landscape is strongly felt...
11th August - 17th October 2020
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Clementina Van Der Walt

Clementina has been a significant force in South African ceramics for the last three decades. Here is an artist working with a unique purity and vibrancy, from outside the British ceramic tradition. ‘Visually the African urban and rural landscapes provide a source of pattern, texture and colour which I apply in my ceramic work.’‘Clementina’s platters, bowls and cups serve as objects both for use and for contemplation…’
17th November - 27th February 2021
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James & Tilla Waters

‘Our pots are in the tradition of functional domestic ware. We were taught by Rupert Spira, who was taught by Michael Cardew and he in turn by Bernard Leach. There is therefore a legacy of ideas and techniques influencing our work. Yet our collaborative working practice is an extension of our relationship and circumstances, and particular to us. An awareness of the heritage may be important in understanding our work but we don’t feel constrained by it. Functionality provides the immediate...
17th November - 27th February 2021
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Shelagh Wilson

‘My paintings and drawings are primarily an emotional response to a subject rather than what I see. I feel enveloped in another world when I work, just as I do when I read poetry and novels. Favourite writers include Seamus Heaney, Michael Longley, Mary Oliver, Thomas Hardy, George Eliot, Gaston Bachelard and Niall Williams. More recently books that evoke the poetry of landscape – Robert Macfarlane.’ Shelagh completed an MA in Renaissance Literature and Culture in 2006. She taught English up...
11th August - 17th October 2020
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Cornelia O'Donovan MA RCA

Cornelia O’Donovan plays with old folklore and poetry, but in a loose and dreamlike way. She draws particularly on tales native to the British Isles, and especially Celtic poetry and myth. Her paintings are flat, stripped of all perspective or realism, their surfaces hazy and meandering like an old tale retold a thousand times. Roughly rendered yet delicately arranged, she creates patterned compositions reminiscent of old tapestries into which she plants naïve pre-Modern motifs. Cornelia...
17th November - 27th February 2021
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17th November - 27th February 2021
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Dylan Bowen

Dylan makes wheel thrown, handbuilt slip decorated functional earthenware. Influences include traditional slipware, music, outsider art, contemporary American ceramics and abstract expressionism.‘ I think my work is an attempt to catch some glimpses of life’s euphoria and communicate them in the best way I can.’ Dylan studied at Camberwell School of Art (1989-91) and was assistant to various potters in the USA, before setting up his studio in Oxfordshire in 1998. He is widely exhibited and reg...
17th November - 27th February 2021
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Louise Brosnan MA RCA

Louise graduated with an MA from the Royal College of Art in 1988, after a printmaking extended study course and Fine Arts degree at Camberwell School of Arts. Since then she has successfully worked in many other art forms including textiles, film/animation and ceramics, with a recent dedicated return to painting. Louise’s work draws on memories of childhood – anxieties and comforts, with references to toys, wallpaper and fabric woven into the accidental marks and textures of the paint.
17th November - 27th February 2021
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Cornelia O'Donovan MA RCA

Cornelia O’Donovan plays with old folklore and poetry, but in a loose and dreamlike way. She draws particularly on tales native to the British Isles, and especially Celtic poetry and myth. Her paintings are flat, stripped of all perspective or realism, their surfaces hazy and meandering like an old tale retold a thousand times. Roughly rendered yet delicately arranged, she creates patterned compositions reminiscent of old tapestries into which she plants naïve pre-Modern moti...
19th May - 11th September 2021
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Amy Shuckburgh

Amy is a landscape and figurative artist whose new work is full of colour and energy. Her drawings in pastel, mixed media collages and watercolours convey a sense of delight in the world, through playful and instinctive interpretations of scenes of bluebell woods, hillsides, gardens and still life compositions.Amy trained as an artist at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Royal Drawing School, the Slade School of Fine Art, and the St Ives School of Painting. She studied English at Leeds University an...
19th May - 11th September 2021
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John Macfarlane

JOHN MACFARLANE – (Shown with kind permission of the Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff). John was born in Scotland and studied at the Glasgow School of Art. He was awarded The Leverhulme Prize on graduation. He received an Arts Council of Great Britain Trainee Designer award and spent some time as Resident Designer at the Young Vic Theatre in London.For the first fifteen years of his career he worked mainly in dance with many of the major international companies. John has also designed for the clas...
16th September - 19th February 2022
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Kumar Saraff

KUMAR SARAFF – ‘The Making of the English Landscape by WG Hoskins is a book that I discovered on the shelves of a secondhand bookshop. The book would already have been over forty years old at the time and to me it was like a religious text, confirming and developing my beliefs about how humankind has etched its marks on the landscape. From the earliest forest clearing tribes, through the grand gestures of royals or the unlawful digression from pavement of the unlanded, to municipal planting sche...
16th September - 19th February 2022
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Catherine Baker

CATHERINE BAKER – ‘My interest is in what forms the essential essence of a landscape that sticks in my mind – perhaps just a fragile transient moment observed that takes on a strong significance for me. Personal memories, associations and traces of the history of a place are important to me. I’m looking for poetic rhythms, echoes: some kind of resonant statement.Drawing is massively important to my practice, both directly from nature and in my studio work.  Life drawing provides a great...
16th September - 19th February 2022
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Amy Shuckburgh

AMY SHUCKBURGH  –   Amy’s work combines broad strokes, bold colour and delicate lines, seeking out the emotional core of her subjects. Her landscapes of Cornwall, Wales, the Isle of Man, France as well as London, capture a personal search for space, with instinctive mark-making and use of colour.Amy trained at L’Ecole des Beaux Arts, the Royal Drawing School and the Slade School of Art. Her portrait of the late Nobel Prize-winning playwright Harold Pinter, completed from...
17th November - 27th February 2021
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Clementina Van Der Walt

CLEMENTINA VAN DER WALT  –   Clementina has been a significant force in South African ceramics for the last three decades. Here is an artist working with a unique purity and vibrancy, from outside the British ceramic tradition.‘Visually the African urban and rural landscapes provide a source of pattern, texture and colour which I apply in my ceramic work.’‘Clementina’s platters, bowls and cups serve as objects both for use and for contemplation…’
11th August - 17th October 2020
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Cornelia O'Donovan MA RCA

CORNELIA O’DONOVAN ma rca  –   Cornelia O’Donovan plays with old folklore and poetry, but in a loose and dreamlike way. She draws particularly on tales native to the British Isles, and especially Celtic poetry and myth. Her paintings are flat, stripped of all perspective or realism, their surfaces hazy and meandering like an old tale retold a thousand times. Roughly rendered yet delicately arranged, she creates patterned compositions reminiscent of old tapestries into which she...
11th August - 17th October 2020
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Dylan Bowen

Dylan makes wheel thrown, handbuilt slip decorated functional earthenware. Influences include traditional slipware, music, outsider art, contemporary American ceramics and abstract expressionism.‘I think my work is an attempt to catch some glimpses of life’s euphoria and communicate them in the best way I can.’ Dylan studied at Camberwell School of Art (1989-91) and was assistant to various potters in the USA, before setting up his studio in Oxfordshire in 1998. He is widely exhibited and regula...
17th November - 27th February 2021
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James & Tilla Waters

‘Our pots are in the tradition of functional domestic ware. We were taught by Rupert Spira, who was taught by Michael Cardew and he in turn by Bernard Leach. There is therefore a legacy of ideas and techniques influencing our work. Yet our collaborative working practice is an extension of our relationship and circumstances, and particular to us. An awareness of the heritage may be important in understanding our work but we don’t feel constrained by it. Functionality provides the immediate...
11th August - 17th October 2020
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Kumar Saraff

Kumar Saraff studied Fine Art at Nottingham Trent University, going onto study painting at the Royal Academy Schools. Here he won several awards and prizes, including the David Murray travel scholarship for landscape painting and a silver medal for excellence in painting. After graduation Kumar worked within the Art and Design department of a large west London further education college before relocating to Mid-Wales to paint full time in 2002. As well as painting, Kumar participates in art base...
1st March - 21st May 2022
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Catherine Baker

CATHERINE BAKER – ‘My interest is in what forms the essential essence of a landscape that sticks in my mind – perhaps just a fragile transient moment observed that takes on a strong significance for me. Personal memories, associations and traces of the history of a place are important to me. I’m looking for poetic rhythms, echoes: some kind of resonant statement.Drawing is massively important to my practice, both directly from nature and in my studio work.  Life drawing provides a great...
1st March - 21st May 2022
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Cornelia O'Donovan MA RCA

Cornelia O’Donovan plays with old folklore and poetry, but in a loose and dreamlike way. She draws particularly on tales native to the British Isles, and especially Celtic poetry and myth – from the tale of Prince Llewellyn’s grief at the sacrifice of his greyhound Gellert being, to the figurative ballads of Ellen O’Leary and lines from WB Yeats.Her paintings are flat, stripped of all perspective or realism, their surfaces hazy and meandering like an old tale retold a thousand times. 
1st March - 21st May 2022
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Shelagh Wilson

Shelagh completed an MA in Renaissance Literature and Culture in 2006.  She taught English up until 2013 and now concentrates on her art.‘My paintings and drawings are primarily an emotional response to a subject rather than what I see. When I paint, I become absorbed in memories, colours and favourite motifs such as birds, chairs, lamps, ceramics, flowers, hares, the moon, snow and rain – all things deep in my sub-conscious, sown in my Irish childhood. These are frequently otherworldly, a...
1st March - 21st May 2022
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Wayne Summers

The Art Shop, Abergavenny is curating regular exhibitions at the Michelin starred restaurant, the Walnut Tree Inn, showing works by some of our most dynamic and creative artists. Come and enjoy innovative and delicious dishes by one of Britain’s finest chefs, Shaun Hill, and sit amongst art by young, emerging artists and more established stars. An atmosphere brimming over with creative energy.Please ask at either the Walnut Tree or The Art Shop to see a complete catalogue of artwork includi...
1st March - 21st May 2022
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Clementina Van Der Walt

Clementina has been a significant force in South African ceramics for the last three decades. Here is an artist working with a unique purity and vibrancy, from outside the British ceramic tradition.‘I am in search for meaning and the expression of meaning in everyday items used for both utilitarian and ritual purposes. I am inspired philosophically by mystical traditions, also poetry and music. Visually the African urban and rural landscapes provide a source of pattern, texture and colour wh...
1st March - 21st May 2022
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Dan Llywelyn Hall

In 2021, Dan collaborated with nationally renowned poets to respond to the theme of Offa’s Dyke and the project Walking with Offa / Cerdded gydag Offa – Paintings and Poems – was used to for the official National Trails’ 50th anniversary celebrations of Offa’s Dyke Path.Offa’s dyke is an earthwork that follows the border between England and Wales. It is thought to have been started in around 785 AD and to have taken several years to build. For 50 years the Offa’s Dyke Association have champion...
15th June - 24th September 2022
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