Galleries - October 2010

people by Karl Davies, Ishbel McWhirter and Emily Gregory Smith. Oriel Ffin y Parc glories in a country estate near Bettws y Coed. RalphSanders started the gallery eight years ago. His aim is to encourage interest in Welshart. This October he’s showing Danny Markey’s wonderfully slapdash oils and watercolours of distinctly unromantic landscape subjects taken from present-day Wales – all too familiar roads and motorways, humdrum building sites, and the like. Seen from above or from a distance and enhanced with spectacular lighting effects, Danny Markey’s impressions bring a pithy, new romance to these prosaic themes, Daumier let loose withan iPad . Dwr yn tasgu , indeed. Hot news from Martin Tinney : h e has bought Oriel Tegfryn in Menai Bridge. Having started in 1963, Oriel Tegfryn is one of Wales’s oldest family-run art dealerships. The list of its artists is as long as your arm and includes the great and the good: Sir Kyffin Williams, Karel Lek, Aneurin Jones and John Knapp-Fisher to name a few. Martin Tinney’s aim is to maintain the gallery’s reputation for high quality. In his Cardiff gallery, Shani Rhys James is showing some new canvases, the fruit of a recent trip to the sunny Continent. Known for her violent and confrontational figures of women, this is a surpris- ing and touching change of tone. Oriel Plas Glyn y Weddw is a spectacular Victorian dowerhouse tucked away near the forest of Winllan on the Lleyn Peninsula. Through October you can see gorgeous paintings and drawings of Wales, its landscapes and Wales is famous for being wet, and our new motorway signs that alert drivers to the dangers of spla- shing rain could be an apt way of introducing the veritable fountains of art that are on show in this greener than green part of Britain. Let’s start in the Gogledd (North) where that most attractive Angl- esey gallery, Oriel Ynys Môn , is showing ‘Visions’, a double bill withlandscape paintings by Wilf Roberts and casts by John Meir- ion Morris. Bothare northWalians by birth: Roberts, trained at Croydon, has made the lowering countryside of Môn, Gwynedd, Conwy and Denbigha speciality in his light but expertly interpreted landscape paintings. Morris’s bronze casts are totally different. Fired by his experience of teach- ing art in Ghana, they express his belief in eternal presences, and blend an urgent, primitive strength witha flowing, art nouveau line. DWR YN TASGU (Beware of the Splash) C aroline Juller D anny Markey ‘Makro, Pontypridd’, 2010 oil on board at Ffin y Parc ATTIC GALLERY Valerie Ganz & Gareth Parry New Paintings 23 October - 13 November Attic Gallery, 37 Pockett’s Wharf Maritime Quarter, Swansea SA1 3XL T: 01792 653387 Open Tues-Fri 10-5 Sat 10-4.30 ART IN WALES