reasons to add Gareth Thomas' work to your art collection 8; Renowned Welsh painter Gareth Thomas turns 60 this year, and to celebrate he is holding a major exhibition of new paintings, which explore some of his favourite themes, including the landscapes OFWALES, Scotland and the south of France. JennyWhite gives eight good reasons to add one of his pieces to your collection.
"The way he constructs his response, however, has developed hugely from the delicate, yet precise, watercolours of his early career to today's sumptuously fluid oils. Where some painters' work tires as they revisit their favoured themes, Gareth's has become ever richer."
2. He's at the height of his powers The artist has been exhibiting his pictures since the early '80s and in the past few years he has been soaring to new heights - and the new exhibition reveals that he is not slowing down.
Art historian and curator Dr Ceri Thomas says: "On the contrary, he is painting more briskly and fluently than ever before, and with just as much enthusiasm for his subject matter and calling as his younger self had half his life ago."
3. He is set to continue painting for some time to come Thomas may already be at a career high, but he is likely to progress still further as he has no intention of slowing down now that he has hit 60.
The artist says: "I cannot envisage a life without painting. I will never stop painting, providing I am physically able, and I think most artists would say the same thing.
"I'm motivated by absolute love of it and the realisation that I'm very lucky being able to do what I do. I believe that not doing it as often and as well as I possibly can would just be a waste of an opportunity that not everybody has.
"I do believe I am a very lucky person."
4. He has learned from some of the finest Among those who helped inspire him is art critic Gareth Jones, who lectured in art history at Trinity College, Carmarthen.
Thomas says: "At the time I was trying to be a surrealist but he told me I was a Romantic painter and I must learn to paint the way I can, not the way I wanted to.
"I also had some valuable advice from the painter Nick Evans, who told me that those who travel furthest travel alone. That advice really hit home because at the time I was submitting paintings to various societies."
The Swansea-based painter and renowned portrait artist Gordon Stuart has also played an influential role. "By the time I was starting to paint, he was a well-established artist with paintings in the National Portrait Gallery, and to have someone like him giving me encouragement was very good indeed."
5. He paints Gower like no other Dr Ceri Thomas says: "Gareth has an abiding interest in the effects of natural light upon tonal contrast and colour. He is one of a long line of landscape painters who have been captivated by the unique sea-girt locale that is Gower which begins just beyond Mumbles and eventually pushes out its majestic Worms Head in the direction of the Atlantic before receding once more into the Loughor estuary."
6. He is already well established and widely recognised He has his work in seven prominent public art collections including the House of Lords.
Braine says: "He's also had two solo exhibitions at the Glynn Vivian in Swansea and held regular highly successful solo exhibitions in commercial galleries in both Wales and England spanning 35 years."
7. He has very high standards Braine adds: "Gareth is probably the hardest working painter in the country and, whilst modest about what he does and what he has achieved, he is always highly professional in work ethos.
"Speaking as a gallery owner, he's a joy to work with as he always delivers his best."
8. He is a highly skilled painter Braine adds: "People don't just buy his paintings because they recognise the scene, it's because of his use of paint, his understanding of tone and his faultless compositions that evoke something more in the viewer.
"His paintings are not merely about the subject, they are as much about the paint and this creates something with a sum greater than its parts."
The Gareth Thomas 60th birth-day solo exhibition runs at Fountain Fine Art, Morgan Arcade, Cardiff from June 20 to July 11
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|Date:||Jun 19, 2015|
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