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'Yellow Wallpaper I' oil on canvas 2011


New Paintings

9 May - 8 June 2013

Shani Rhys James is arguably the most exciting and successful Welsh artist of her generation and her

considerable reputation, both in Wales and beyond, continues to grow apace. In recent years her work has been

included in a number of prestigious exhibitions in Britain and abroad and she has garnered much serious critical

acclaim in the national press. This exhibition of new paintings coincides with her 60th birthday and is

accompanied by a release of a new book about her work. She will be signing copies of the book at the opening of

this exhibition.

Born in 1953, Shani trained at St Martin's College of Art and Design. She is the recipient of numerous prizes and

awards including The Jerwood Prize, The Hunting Prize, The National Portrait Award, The Mostyn Open, the

Gold Medal at the National Eisteddfod and Welsh Woman of Culture. She was awarded an MBE in 2006. Her

work features in many important private and public collections.

This latest exhibition consists of approximately twenty five new paintings, all executed in Shani’s bold style,

utilising sumptuous colours and rich textures. Continuing with an autobiographical approach, Shani’s portrait is

included in many paintings, often in domestic settings against an exuberant floral background. Within the works

she is exploring the inner psyche and the sexuality of women, as she explains; Flowers are of course symbolic

of a woman’s sexuality…my flowers symbolise the anarchy of the female spirit.

The art historian Edward Lucie-Smith has described her work as the "theatre of the self", explaining that she

turns domestic scenes into "some unapologetic assertive epic".

All work is for sale and may be seen on our website

MARTIN TINNEY GALLERY 18 St Andrew’s Crescent, Cardiff, CF10 3DD

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