Cynefin – Oriel Ynys Môn, Llangefni - Arddangosfa unigol

Daily Post - 8 Gorffennaf 2016
Cyfres o gwestiynnau ac atebion


Explosion of colour and positive energy

This week we talk to artist Catrin Williams whose work is currently on display at Oriel Môn, Llangefni.


How old are you?


Where are you from?
Cefnddwysarn, Y Bala.


What are your best and worst habits?
My worst habit is getting very, very nervous before an exhibition opening. My best habit is encouraging young artists.


Tell us about your family:
Brought up on a hill farm the youngest of four children, I have lived in Pwllheli with my husband and two children for 20 years. The family background and the housework is constantly part of my artwork.


What are you best known for?
I am best known for my artwork - in the words of Sir Kyffin Williams - “The best abstract artist in Wales’: in the words of the artist Mary Lloyd Jones - “Much of the painting that seen in Wales follows well tried formula. It is refreshing to see an artist creating her own personal language. The work she creates are an explosion of colour and positive energy that reflect Catrin’s identity and personality”.


Tell us about your exhibition (what’s it called, what’s it on/ where is it being held?)
Cynefin - Homeland. A wide range of artwork created between 1989 and 2016, using oil painting, inks, mixed media, stitchwork and iPad. It is on display at Oriel Môn.


When is it running from/to?
From June 18, until August 7.


What can people expect?
Large oils on canvas which were part of my degree show at Cardiff in 1989. Sheep ear-mark works – thought to be African shields by some and surfboards by others – created in 1998. Cerdd dant art pieces from 2003. 40 Eisteddfod boat pieces and many new landscapes and still life mixed-media pieces for sale.


Tell us five things which make your exhibition great:
This is an opportunity to see a large selection of my work – pieces which I’ve created between 1989 and 2016 – together in one place.


Tell us what’s good about the venue:
Oriel Môn has got a very good reputation with artists, and to show here is a once in a lifetime opportunity.


Who is your favourite artist and why?
Mary Lloyd Jones is my favourite artist – I have loved and admired her work all my life, and she’s just had a show at Oriel Môn before mine.


What piece of work are you most proud of and why?
The large ink canvas paintings that I have created for the exhibition, they take a lot of time and energy. Tell us a little known fact about yourself: I nearly went to study music (singing) instead of a fine art degree course.


What’s next for you? What are you currently working on, or what do you plan to work on?
I show at the summer exhibition at Oriel Tegfryn and Oriel Martin Tinney. Working on a community project for Yr Ysgwrn, Trawsfynydd for Parc Cenedlaethol Eryri.

Hawlfraint © Catrin Williams
Cynllun - Almon