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T'S almost 10 years now since I first met Elfyn Lewis.

IAt the time, the artist was working in a small studio in the Cardiff suburb of Pontcanna.

He was in the middle of completing a series of paintings for a new show and I went along to interview him while he worked.

I was instantly captivated by his vibrant abstracts which are inspired by the landscape and I vowed that as soon as I had my living room painted, I would buy one.

I've since moved house, but my painting still takes pride of place. I love the fact that each time I look at it, I see something new.

These days, Elfyn - who won the Gold Medal for Fine Art at last year's National Eisteddfod - is moving in a new direction.

He says he's going through his "black phase" and is now working on a larger scale too. In the past, he used cassette tapes to drag the paint across, but now he's using a plasterer's trowel.

The results can be seen when a major exhibition opens today at St David's Hall in Cardiff. It's the first since he won the Gold Medal and features some 60 new abstracts.

I caught up with Elfyn as he was putting the finishing touches to the display, and you can read what he says about his work by turning to our feature on pages 10 & 11.

St David's Hall is also one of two Welsh venues where funnyman Lee Mack will be stopping off when he visits Wales as part of his mammoth UK tour.

Now one of the biggest names on the British comedy circuit, Mack is a regular on our TV screens thanks to series like Would I Lie To You? But the former bingo hall attendant and Pontin's Blue Coat admits that he's not really that ambitious at all. Turn to the centre pages to find out what else he has to say.

One Cardiff venue which is about to close for 18 months for a major facelift is Sherman Cymru.

But before it does, people are being given the chance to explore every aspect - from the backstage corridors to the dressing rooms - thanks to a new production. See pages 4 & 5. It sounds like the perfect night out for anyone as nosey as me.

Editor: karen.price@mediawales.co.uk Tel: 029 2024 3761 Don't miss our weekly online webcast: The Arts Show @www.walesonline.co.uk/video
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:Feb 19, 2010
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