Sir Kyffin Williams At Oriel Plas Glyn-Y-Weddw, Llanbedrog

By Richard Stacey | 18 November 2002
Bryn Cader Faner, Sir Kyffin Williams, oil.

Left: Bryn Cader Faner, Sir Kyffin Williams, oil.

Residents of North Wales have the rare opportunity to view paintings by renowned Anglesey artist Sir Kyffin Williams this month, with the opening of an exhibition at the Oriel Plas Glyn-Y-Weddw gallery in Llanbedrog.

The show, which includes new drawings, watercolours, and oil paintings by Sir Kyffin, runs until December 1.

Sir Kyffin has the popular touch, a real connection with the landscapes and people he paints. He has no time for the art establishment, claiming to be 'the first Welsh artist to get through to the Welsh public. The problem with contemporary art is that these artists love themselves. Not what they are painting.'

Born in 1918, Sir Kyffin did not start to paint seriously until he was in his mid twenties. He spent much of his early life in the shadow of his academically brilliant brother, and became an artist after he had been diagnosed as epileptic. His doctor suggested he take up a 'harmless profession' and Sir Kyffin decided to become a painter.

Sun Over Crib Goch, Sir Kyffin Williams, oil.

Right: Sun Over Crib Goch, Sir Kyffin Williams, oil.

He went to the Slade School of Art in London, where a professor told him he couldn't draw. He admits that, at the time, his skills were limited, 'I knew I hadn't much talent so I worked with the talent I had.'

Time has proved that Sir Kyffins true talent is in documenting the wild mountainous landscapes of North Wales. The new exhibition provides a selection of his more recent paintings.

The show has proved a hit with locals and with those travelling from further afield. 'We've had all sorts of people in. All ages', says gallery worker Caroline Williams. 'There was a real buzz on the opening night. The main road into Llanbedrog was flooded. People had to go round the back way, through the little villages and winding roads. And the gallery was still packed out'.

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