Emrys Parry’s studio faces east and is sited on the eastern edge of East Anglia within walking distance of the bustling port of Great Yarmouth. Yet it is to the western edge of the United Kingdom and to his childhood home on the Llŷn peninsula of north-west Wales that much of his art refers.
The largely Welsh speaking community of the small fishing village of Nefyn, where Emrys spent a treasured childhood, remains a potent resource for deeply held traditions and above all the distinctiveness of its people. The landscape of Llŷn is equally profound in influence, with the profile of the peaks of Yr Eifl as seen across the bay from Nefyn recurring in his art as if witness to the people he has physically, but not psychologically, left behind. Once rooted, the psyche of a place and its people can remain indelible in the memory across a lifetime and from one lifetime to another.