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Statement and introduction

Homeland - Solo exhibition - Oriel Tegfryn May/June 2008

The best abstract artist in Wales.
Sir Kyffin Williams

Catrin Williams has exhibited her art widely for nearly twenty years. Brought up on a hill-farm near Bala, she has lived near the sea at Pwllheli since 1996. Welshness - or rather the experience of living in Wales - is an obvious theme in Catrin Williams’ work, she has embodied the Welsh dresser, clothes, faces and family customs in her work. Family and homely themes have also developed into studies of the tourist imagery of Wales such as the dreaded cliché-ridden tea-towels.

Most of the works in this exhibition are landscapes. The mountains and villages of the Meirionnydd uplands as well as the small harbours and inlets of the Anglesey and Llyn coast. Homelands of the agricultural worker, the quarryman and the fisherman - the great outdoors side by side with the artworks of the homely life in the Welsh kitchen. As Tamara Krikorian wrote about Catrin’s work - “For her, the land is a place to be worked, to give succour, to animate, to offer a means of living, to be shared by the community. The concept of landscape so heartily embraced by generations of romantic painters does not enter into her language”.

Copyright © Catrin Williams
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