Four regular exhibitors at the gallery - David Grosvenor, Thomas Haskett, Andrew Hood and David Knight - come together to showcase their most recent paintings. From Grosvenor's North Wales landscapes, Haskett's Pembrokeshire surroundings, Hood's travels to North Africa and Italy to Knight's enigmatic figurative painting.
David Grosvenor is one of the most widely collected artists in Wales and he has work in private collections all over the world, including the Royal Cambrian Academy, the House of Lords and the National Library of Wales.
He works mostly impasto creating a thick buttery surface to his realistic depictions of the North Wales landscape and still life subjects.
Thomas Haskett is an internationally collected artist and draws inspiration from the beauty of his surroundings and the light at different times of the day and year.
Thomas’s work is mostly oil on board (although there are a few watercolours included) and he is expert at underlying drawing skills so that what he records is accurate, recognisable, and credible. He likes to work en plein air, creating small painting so he can easily capture a scene before it changes.
Andrew Hood is based in Bristol but regularly makes several trips abroad each year to gather reference for his painting. “This new body of work focuses on places in Europe and North Africa I've been to over the last couple of years. It’s almost like a European/African visual diary. I was in Sicily last October and was very influenced by the beautiful cities of Syracuse and Taormina. There are a lot of hilltop villages on the east coast where you can get a fantastic panoramic view of the terrain. Last summer I made a small road trip round the west coast of France taking in the Vendee region down towards Bordeaux and Arcachon. I like the beaches there and the wide expanses of sand that seem to stretch on for miles. I've also been to Marrakech a few times where the colours and vibrancy of the souks and Medina are a big influence on my work.
Fine Art graduate David Knight
, who lives in Cardiff, is inspired by a long history of figurative painting. His body of work in the exhibition is of the figure and still life and he has produced fine contemporary artworks with a reflective quality. “I want them to be quiet and meditative. I’ll paint a mood but firmly based in realism, sometimes strange with a dreamlike quality. Perhaps some of the still life are sharing a secret.”