The Visual Arts

This section of the web site is a small celebration of art expressed visually.

See also More Visuals

The work of painters, photographers, and cartoonists is used. Those with very different styles and subject matter have kindly agreed to donate some of their pictures for this purpose. All works remain in the copyright of the individual artist. I thank them all for their help. Links back to the artists' own web sites have been given where possible.

In case you're wondering, these are given in reverse alphabetic order, which is the practice I have followed in the Guests and More Guests sections of this web site.

To access short biographies of any particular individual, click their name below. To see some samples of their work, click on the name above the biographical note. Relevant links are given below and on the individual pages.


Those featured in this section are Martin Bush, Brenda Davies, Ewart Davies, Malcolm Edwards, Gwynfyn Hughes, Suki Humphreys, Ian Jebbett, Aneurin Jones, Caroline Juler, Alexandra Trowbridge-Matthews, Russmo and James Selway. See also More Visuals.

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James Selway

James Selway was born and spent his childhood in South Wales. He now lives and works in the Barcelona area of Spain.

After studying art at Swansea College of Art and later at Trinity College, Carmarthen, he became the head of a highly successful art department in a South London Secondary School.

He later left teaching and continued to paint while carrying out various commissions including a large painting of the 'Annunciation' at the Roman Catholic National Shrine in Walsingham, Norfolk and design work for Southwark Cathedral, London.

He has exhibited extensively in various galleries in the United Kingdom, United States and Spain and his work has been purchased by private collectors in the United Kingdom, USA, Spain, France, the Netherlands, Germany and Ireland.

James paints with oil, acrylic and water colour and his subject matter is also extensive and includes landscapes, city scenes and figures. He tends to choose particular areas as a source for his paintings: various regions of Spain, Southern France, England and his native Wales.

If I could say it in words there would be no reason to paint - Edward Hopper

James has a forthcoming exhibition in London. Click HERE for details or see his own web site.

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Russmo

Russmo was born in Los Angeles, California but at the age of one went to Northern Australia with his parents. After almost 13 years the family resettled in Arizona. In Arizona, he graduated from high school and later from college with a degree in journalism. Russmo has always had an interest in art, but it was during college that he first started drawing political cartoons.

Today, he is employed as the Director of Operations at a health and nutrition company as well as trying to find time to work as an independent artist. The latter includes the production of cartoons. These are now published in dozens of locations in the USA and elsewhere, both online and in print.

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Alexandra Trowbridge-Matthews

On leaving University, Alexandra Trowbridge-Matthews returned to Wales and has had a base in Carmarthen since 1980, Initially, she worked as a researcher / exhibition designer for Dyfed County Council and subsequently as an illustrator for Dyfed Archaeological Trust, which led to exhibitions and commissions to illustrate books and magazines . Alexandra was a founder member of Playmakers, the South of England touring theatre-in-education company, as an actor and designer. Since then, of the many sets which she has designed, over seventy have been for Welsh companies. These included Night Without End for Garry Nicholas, five designs for D. J. Thomas (BBC), and many touring sets for Chrysalis and Fluellen. Her most recent book cover design was for the Alun Books edition of Alison Bielski's Sacramental Sonnets. Alexandra's art practice incorporates painting, sculpture, text and installation. She has aparticular interest in architectural subjects and also the use of text and found objects. Her limited edition artist's books include Last Orders and The Family Collective.

Alexandra's many acting roles have included the part of Alice in You Can't Take It With You, Gruscha in Caucasian Chalk Circle ; Susan in Plenty; Jennet in The Lady's Not For Burning; Helen in A Taste of Honey; Adriana in The Comedy of Errors; Portia in The Merchant of Venice; Beverley in Abigail's Party and creating the Mother / Daughter role in Chris Hood's Black Custard at The Taliesin. Her recent acting roles include Faye in Loot, - "Alexandra shines as Faye, the smouldering nurse" ( Evening Post,) Goneril in King Lear, Emilia in Othello, Mrs Alving in Ghosts - "beautifully judged and extremely moving ..." (The Stage) and Jocasta in Oedipus the King, all for Fluellen. Recent film roles include Dai's Mum in Tomorrow Never Dais for Panikattak Productions in 2005. Alexandra has also undertaken many Drama / Film and Writing residencies with schools and marginalised groups and has also lectured on the social uses of Drama. She directed The Masterbuilder in 2004 for Fluellen and will be directing The Caretaker for them in May 2006.

Alexandra is part of the partnership which was commissioned by Chrysalis to write Would You Credit It?, which ran for over 350 performances and also toured as the play for the BBC Education conferences in 1998. Other play-writing credits include My Children and Right Through You. Film credits include directing Big Mouth and writing and directing Make or Break. Her poetry can be found in various anthologies, including Over Milk Wood , and Alun Books will be bringing out a collection in the near future. Alexandra has collaborated on word and image pieces with the artist, Adrian Metcalfe; some of which have been on exhibition in Michigan, USA and some were part of 'The Archivist's Madness' touring exhibition which was in the Phoenix Gallery in Brighton in 1999. She has performed her work on the BBC, HTV and BBC Radio Wales and has been a writer on the Swansea-Cork exchange, reading her poetry in the Everyman Theatre in Cork. She is one of the editors of the Roundyhouse poetry magazine and designs each cover.

Alexandra has had various solo exhibitions and exhibited in many joint touring shows including the 'Fragments' exhibition in Brighton. Two-person shows include "you been havin' any of your fires again lately ... baby?" with Julie Anne Davies, a show that included sculpture, installation and performance art. Alexandra's latest Exhibition is at Oriel Canfas Gallery from April 8 2006 and is called Elsewhere, car nous sommes oł nous ne sommes pas. The show includes painting, sculpture, poetry and digital manipulation, incorporating a fascinating array of found objects and old photographs. The show explores how fact and fiction blur in anticipation and in memory.

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Caroline Juler

Caroline Juler was born and brought up in Oxfordshire but moved to Wales in 1999 having driven there from Romania in a van with no starter motor. She is primarily a writer but started stone-carving at home in Wales largely due to the encouragement she received from other artists living nearby. Recently she has taken part in two exhibitions, Equus, at Margam Park, and the Christmas Show at Oriel Q, Narberth. Having written Blue Guide Romania and another travel book about the country called Searching for Sarmizegetusa, Caroline began organising small-group expeditions to Romania in 2006. She is currently Wales correspondent for the London-based Galleries magazine and a member of Alburnus Maior, a campaign to save the Romanian town of Rosia Montana from a controversial gold-quarry.

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Aneurin M. Jones

Aneurin M. Jones was born at Bryn Mercher in the Hydfer valley, moving when he was very young to a farmhouse three miles away called Pwll-uchaf .This now-derelict farmhouse is on the Carmarthenshire - Breconshire border, at Cwmwysg, the head of the Usk Valley. Coincidentally, I wrote an essay about it - it was my ancestral home - and it has been the subject of many of his own paintings and drawings.

He received his higher education at Swansea College of Art, where he stidied fine art. He now lives in Cardiganshire, and is well-known in Wales for his depictions of rural scenes.

His pictures have been regularly exhibited at the National Eisteddfod. At Machynlleth National Eisteddfod he was awarded the major prize in the open competition for artists born or living in Wales.

In 1978 he was the recipient of a Rotary Award for outstanding service to Art. Aneurin has made numerous television appearances, and recently was the subject of a film for HTV based on his life and work. He has had one and two man shows in various parts of the country, and has exhibited his work in galleries in Wales, London and America, with examples of his work in private and public collections in Britain, Canada, America, Holland, Sweden, Germany, Hong Kong, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. He is a regular visiting lecturer with various Art groups and Societies.

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Ian Jebbett

Ian Jebbett is a photographer with many interests. He likes to photograph in the area in which he lives - the home of the famous Bluestones of Stonehenge in the Preseli Mountains of Pembrokeshire - but his interests go further afield.

His background is in medical photography. He has photographed and filmed all types of medical and surgical techniques and procedures. He still enjoys being involved in the technical aspects of photography and is marketing a unique digital Macro-photography system, designed by the Austrian company, IMECO. He also runs courses in digital photography.

This has given him a good base on which to develop further photographic skills. His creative work has been exhibited throughout the U.K. and abroad, and he has taken part in a number of major exhibitions.

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Suki Humphreys

Suki works in a number of media: oils, watercolour, pencil, pen -and-ink, charcoal etc. She tackles many subjects, but has a particular interest in portraits and figure work.

Besides art, she has many interests. These include aromatherapy and reflexology. She has a client-base and teaches at the College of Complementary Therapies, Wales, based in Cardiff.

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Gwynfryn Hughes

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Malcolm Edwards, RCA

Malcolm Edwards, a former architect, is a full time painter living in Halkyn, North Wales. He began painting seriously in 1980, working mainly in watercolour and pastel, firstly in a traditional manner but lately in a more adventurous and unconventional style including mixed media.Halkyn is a former lead mining village on high ground overlooking the Cheshire Plain from where one can glimpse the Lake and Derbyshire Peak Districts, the Pennines together with Snowdon and her satellites.

These wild and mountainous areas are the main source of his inspiration, and he is fascinated by the textures and forms of the buildings and landscape riven by the corrosive forces of wind and rain, and with the fickle changes of light and shadow on the faceted surfaces. Capturing these textures involves constant experiment to exploit uneven drying of the pigment combined with frequent washing out, and the use of differing painting surfaces. He is a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy, of which he is Hon. Secretary.

Exhibitions at Mall Galleries, London include: Pastel Society 1981 to 1989; Royal Institute of Painters in Watercolour 1982 to 1990; Open Painting Exhibition 1983; Invitation Watercolour Exhibition 1983; British Painters 1988 and 1990; St.Davids Hall Cardiff; Welsh Artist of the Year Exhibition 2002 and 2003, where he was winner of People's Favourite Prizes in 2002 and 2003; Christmas Exhibition 2003 Second prize and winner of Sponsors' Patrons Favourite Prize; Tabernacle Art Competition, Machynlleth 2002 and 2003 where winner of Ailsa Owen Memorial Prizes in 2002 and 2003.

Current exhibitions include: Tegfryn Gallery, Menai Bridge; Chapel of Art, Criccieth; Old Chapel Gallery, Llangollen; Albany Gallery, Cardiff, Thompson Galleries at Aldeburgh Suffolk and John Davies Gallery Stow on the Wold

His paintings are in collections in USA., Canada, Mexico, Australia, Sweden, Bermuda, South Africa, France and Germany. They have also been purchased by Rolls Royce; The Contemporary Arts Society for Wales; The National Museum and Gallery of Wales, Cardiff; The National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth; and The Clwyd Fine Arts Trust.

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Ewart Davies

Ewart Davies is a photographer specialising in landscapes.

He lives in Bridgend, and chooses his subjects from inside and outside the Principality. He is currently developing a web site, on which more examples of his work will appear.

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Brenda Davies

Brenda specialises in animal portraits. She likes to make these representational, and normally works on a commission basis.

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Martin Bush

After studying Art and Design at Birmingham Polytechnic until 1986, Martin specialised in mural work for corporate customers. In 1997 he travelled to the Far East and discovered his affinity with abstract painting.

Since the year 2000 he has continued with commercial projects that now take on the design and completion of interior re-styles with art-based signs and colour scheme design. He has continued developing and working on his abstract painting and finding influences and direction for his painting.

He has always been involved in and inspired towards the modern world and has been painting and designing since he was a boy. Commenting on our importance he finds that every day living is a series of one-off moments in time. He believes that each person should take the positive vibe of life and share this with others rather than off-loading negative energies on to another.


Martin Bush's web site

E-mail Malcolm Edwards

Aneurin Jones' web site

Caroline Juler's web site

Ian Jebbett's web site

Pwll Uchaf Essay

Russmo's web site

James Selway's web site

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