Kyffin Williams: Behind the Frame

16 February 2018 - 1 September 2018

Gregynog Gallery

“It is ironic that I am the most loved & most honoured Welsh artist of all time & yet I am hated by the art world.” Kyffin Williams

An exhibition to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the birth of one of the defining Welsh artists of the 20th century – Sir Kyffin Williams.

Kyffin’s style has become the epitome of the nation, and his work a definition of Welshness. On display will be his iconic impasto landscapes of Wales and vigorous portraits of local and national personalities.  There will also be an opportunity to view lesser-known works by the artist previously unseen by the public, which include his preparatory drawings, sketchbooks and archive material.

The relationship between the Library and the artist first began in 1949 at the start of Kyffin’s career when we first purchased one of his paintings. From this point onwards this patronage was cultivated through consistent purchases, donations and exhibitions until his death in September 2006 when the Library was bequeathed a generous part of his estate. The Library’s existing collection, together with the bequest, forms the largest most comprehensive collection of material relating to Kyffin Williams in existence.

This exhibition - presented in the Library’s prestigious Gregynog Gallery - will give visitors an insight into the man behind the frame, through his art, archives and his own words. 

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