After the Storm, Rocky Coast
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Gareth Parry

Welsh ( b.1951 )

After the Storm, Rocky Coast

  • Oil on canvas
  • Signed lower right

Image size 19.7 inches x 23.8 inches ( 50cm x 60.5cm )
Frame size 24.6 inches x 28.5 inches ( 62.5cm x 72.5cm )


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Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by Gareth Parry, dating from 2011.
The painting is presented and supplied in its original frame (which is shown in these photographs).
This piece is in superb condition. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.
The painting is signed lower right.
Previously with the Thackeray Gallery, London.

One of the most popular contemporary Welsh artists of his generation, Gareth Parry was born in Blaenau Ffestiniog, a slate quarrying town in North Wales, in 1951. After leaving school he went to study at Manchester College of Art from 1969-1970. His formal studies were curtailed because left before completing the course, or, in his own words, “I managed to get myself kicked out for various reasons”. He returned home and worked at a local mine for a couple of years, following in the family tradition, before leaving and starting to paint again. He refers to this time as doing “anything to make a living by the brush”, undertaking commissions and producing illustrations, mainly in landscape and still life. Throughout these early years, he also worked as a labourer to make ends meet. From 1973-78 he worked mainly as a book illustrator.

For over a decade he only painted ‘en plein air’, outside in all weathers. He regards this a crucial to his development as an artist and recalls it as “the best training I could ever have had.”. He then began to work more in his studio and from memory, which he thinks of “as the companion of observation”. Parry paints using a traditional brush, but also uses a palette knife, using considerable freedom of expression and “letting the paint do the work”.

From 1980 Gareth Parry decided to concentrate mainly on exhibition work and since then has exhibited widely in London, including the Thackery Gallery, and throughout Wales. He has works in many notable private collections, as well as public ones, including the National Library of Wales, Coutts & Co. Bank, Gwynedd County Council and Oriel Ynys.

He is best known today for his landscapes and seascapes, which are very much about mood, more abstract than figurative, capturing the effects of the weather and natural elements. He says that his works are atmospheric, more about “being there” than specific to a location. He describes his subjects as mainly “Cymru y Cymry”, namely land and people. His figurative works often reflect his own concerns about the changing social landscape of his native Wales.

In 2006 Gareth Parry was elected a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy.

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This original work by Gareth Parry depicts a close-up scene of rocks on the edge of the shore, rising and curving round into the cliffs in the background. The rocks are portrayed as three dimensional, shiny, wet. Around and beneath them the waves are lively, frothy, foamy, in shades of aqua and white. The whole sea looks alive, bustling and jostling along the rockface. Above, the shy has shades of deep blue, reflected in the sea below, and darker shades suggestive, earthy shades of the storm that has now passed.

This is a fresh, lively, piece, which, as Parry himself would say, is more about capturing the atmosphere of a time and place rather than the accuracies of the physical location.

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