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Emrys picks up pounds 5k and gold medal for his landscape paintings in wax and oil; NATIONAL EISTEDDFOD 2007 Lecturer scoops fine art honour, a film maker is commended and architect wins Plaque of Merit.


HUGE oil and wax landscape paintings won the Gold Medal for Fine Art for North Wales artist Emrys Williams.

The 48-year old's paintings won the unanimous approval of the Visual Arts panel, which also awarded him the full pounds 5,000 cash award.

Emrys, whose family live in Colwyn Bay, said he was delighted to win the award for three huge paintings in oil paint and wax.

He said: "Winning this award is important as an artist working in Wales.

"This exhibition has become a very professional show and winning an award is very important for any artist's reputation."

Describing his work, Emrys said: "Many people in Wales make landscapes and seascapes, trying to make known genres work but I have no interest in this celebration of topography.

"For myself, the paintings only begin to work when they cease to be like other paintings, when the images begin to function as a metaphor for something else.

"The pieces I make are studio-based, they are not made from one place or location. I appropriate images from a variety of sources to create images that I see as being parallel to reality.

"To make the paintings I have to feel that I am inside them and I don't really know what they will look like until they are made."

Born in Liverpool, Emrys moved with his family to Colwyn Bay in 1969.

He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London and has worked as a half time lecturer at Coleg Menai, Bangor since 1990.

The Gold Medal for Fine Art along with pounds 5,000 was donated by Flint Town Council.

Stefan Gant of Holywell was highly commended and described as "definitely one to watch" by the judges.

The 26-year old film maker said his recent work has been influenced by his time as a swimmer - training and competing with local clubs in Holywell and Rhyl and swimming in the Welsh Nationals.

"Recently I have realised the massive effect this has made on my practical work, along with my interest in psychology, sport and art.

"This then has been developed further through a strong relationship with film and drawing," he said.

Meanwhile, the Eisteddfod's premier architecture awards were given to a project close to the Eisteddfod site.

The Plaque of Merit was given to Denbigh architect Chris Sanders for the design on his own home which lies between the castle and the main street.


Emrys Williams, winner of the Gold medal for Fine Art at the National Eisteddfod in Mold, studies his huge oil and wax paintings in the Arts Place Picture: ROBERT PARRY JONES
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Date:Aug 6, 2007
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