‘Swsana and The Elders’ is the title and is based on the story from the Bible depicted by so many artists from the Renaissance to the present day. Keith has wanted to create his own version on this theme and has produced a powerful exhibition using mixed media with three dimensional figures, reliefs and paintings.
In the centre of the gallery is a rectangular area de-marked by painted screens. Within this area a three figure construction of half-life size figures forms the main “tableau” of Swsana and the Elders. The entrance to this enclosed area is guarded by seated figures. Around the walls are paintings and reliefs and in the smaller gallery is a shrine that echoes some of the themes but is separate with a soundscape created by his son Joe Bayliss. ‘The Shrine’ has developed from some ideas that have been generated from his previous exhibition at The Mission Gallery in 2013 - Hortus Conclusus – The Enclosed Garden exhibition.
On the stairs are a selection of drawings in ink on paper from a series called Wandering Soul with accompanying poems by the poet David Thomas who will be part of an event along with musician Joe Bayliss at the closing of the exhibition on Saturday 27 February.
Also, on Saturday 6 February at 2pm, Sally Moss curator and lecturer will be ‘in conversation’ with Keith so there will be another opportunity to meet the artist and learn about his work.
Oriel Q Gallery is privileged to be able to host such contemporary exhibitions of high quality. The opportunity for people in West Wales to enjoy exhibitions like this without having to travel to large cities is crucial in keeping the Arts alive and healthy in a rural area. Please make the time to visit the gallery which is open Wednesdays to Saturdays 10am – 5pm. The Arts Council of Wales support this gallery with lottery money without which it would be hard to survive.