Aboutgallery/ten presents the first solo exhibition in wales by aberystwyth-born artist seren morgan jones. jones graduated from central saint martins college of art, london in 2009 and since then has exhibited throughout the uk, having her first london solo show in 2010
llygaid hanes / history's eyes is a collection of 12 new paintings documenting welsh women from the 19th + early 20th centuries. the portraits in llygaid hanes / history's eyes depict fake constructs rather than actual bygone figures, but are based on accurate evidence sought through researching historical archives from across wales. traditions such as the personalisation of hats with black straw by female pitface workers, to the pin-up preachers of the era have offered jones' recent work a wealth of inspiration which has its roots firmly embedded in welsh history
in this new body of work, jones places herself in her country's past + attempts to re-write history, offering a new + deserved visual place for welsh women. through creating imagined masterpieces she aims to âcreate an image + presence of the welsh woman to counter that of the image so commonly seen in tourist shops, arguably the only common image of women from wales' past'
her already recognisable style of portraiture using elements of classical painterly language, with a subtle contemporary, feminist twist has garnered serious attention, with this exhibition further establishing jones as one of wales' most promising young painters
all work will be for sale + collectorplan is available. for further info about the artist, see the gallery's website www.gallery-ten.co.uk