AboutFrom Edinburgh to Tenby and Llareggub
Linda Thompson was born and brought up in Edinburgh and moved to Pembrokeshire in 1975.
Cheryl, her daughter, was brought up in Tenby but now lives near Edinburgh with her new husband. Both have Fine Art Degrees, Cheryl from Cardiff University in 2001 and Linda from Trinity College, Carmarthen in 2007 as time allowed once the family had flown the nest. Their first exhibition together will run throughout May in Tenby. Both had their work selected in the Tenby Open Art Competition in 2008, with Cheryl winning the Pembrokeshire Young Artist Award, and have won other prizes too. Both like to take a look at their subjects from unusual angles too, but there the similarity ends...
Linda's collection of around 30 paintings, entitled âA Different Point of View', are mostly painted in acrylic with a strong use of colour, and take a refreshing look at aspects and odd corners of Tenby. Different locations are sometimes juxtaposed, familiarplaces are glimpsed through doors and curtains or reflected in windows, and aspects of Tenby's recent history are re presented in unusual ways. âDe la Rue' is based around the property formerly the residence of the De la Rue family, now the Atlantic Hotel, and relates to their connections with Tenby and to horse racing and gambling.
âGrand design with a red roof' shows a different angle on the old lifeboat house which is currently being converted to a residence under the watchful cameras of Channel 4's Grand Designs team, and âRoom with a View' is painted to show a classic view of Tenby Harbour as if reflected in a window of the former Ocean hotel.
Cheryl's collection of 20 âetching like' prints, entitled âMilkwood', are based on Dylan Thomas' âUnder Milk Wood'. She has read the play but has not listened to, or seen, any production of it so brings a new perspective in her interpretations of the characters, often choosing the lesser known inhabitants of Llareggub....Mr Pugh is seen dunking Mrs Pugh in rat soup, Evans the Death's Mother is busy making welsh cakes in the snow, Mr and Mrs Floyd, the cocklers, lie âside by wrinkled side, like two old kippers in a box'. Her influences include Ralph Steadman and Gerald Scarfe both in the sense of humour and in the excellent quality of the drawing so the contrast with her mother's paintings couldn't be greater.
Together they present an exhibition of great variety that deserves proper consideration.
This unique exhibition of new work opens on 1st May at the White Lion Street Gallery in Tenby, and continues until 28th. The gallery is open every day, except Wednesday, from 10am to 5pm and entry is free. The entire exhibition can be viewed on the gallery website: www.artmatters.org.uk.
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