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APRIL 9th to

JUNE 4th


High Street

St Dogmaels



SA43 3EJ

t: 01239 612677

New abstract work by the Ceredigion based painter Diana Heeks

goes on show in April at St Dogmaels Gallery in West Wales.

Diana originally trained at Birmingham College of Art and Design, and

recently gained an MA in Fine Art from Aberystwyth University.

The work in this new show ranges across a spectrum of abstraction -

from large, vertical colour-fields in wood, paper and linen to smaller

work in oil or watercolour which express her love of the decorative

arts and allusively point to figuration.

It makes use of a range of techniques including printing, collage,

folding and pleating in paper and fabric, which refer to her ongoing

relationship with textiles and her interest in three-dimensional

surfaces. Her pieces featuring drawers with pleated contents can at

one level be seen as horizontal variations of her vertical work.

Diana has lived in Ceredigion for two decades. Her early work in

West Wales was a semi-abstract response to its inspirational

landscapes. She has exhibited three times at the National Eisteddfod

and was the 1997 winner of the "Aspects of Wales" prize at

Pontardawe. She has shown regularly at MOMA Wales in

Machynlleth and been active in the Cardigan Open Studios group. In

recent years she has exhibited at the 'Art At' summer arts festival at

Rhos y Gilwen, Cilgerran.

Says Diana: "This is an excellent opportunity to show the range of

developments that have taken place in my work over the last three years, in

the light, spacious and contemporary environment of St Dogmaels Gallery."

St Dogmaels Gallery

Run by Tricia McParlin and Peter Taylor-Wood, the gallery is

sited on the main street of St Dogmaels village, with its 12th-century

abbey and estuary views just a stone's throw from wide-open

beaches and the majestic bulk of Cemmaes Head.

Tricia McParlin said: "The gallery is gaining a reputation as a unique

contemporary space, dealing mainly with abstract painting, but also

sculpture, film, dance, performance art and installation. Diana's work is

ideal in this space and we are delighted to be able to offer her a solo show".

The "New Work" exhibition will run from Saturday 9 April to

Saturday 4 June, a period that includes two Bank Holiday


For further details contact St Dogmaels Gallery, High Street, St

Dogmaels, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire SA43 3EJ

Tel: 01239 612677


or visit

Work by Diana Heeks can also be seen at