Gwilym Prichard 1931-2015 Welsh. Anglesey Farmhouse, Wales. Oil on Canvas. Framed.
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Welsh ( b.1931 - d.2015 ).
Oil on Canvas.
Signed lower left.
Image size 23.6 inches x 29.7 inches ( 60cm x 75.5cm ).
Frame size 26.8 inches x 33 inches ( 68cm x 84cm ).
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art in the English county of Dorset is this original oil painting by the Welsh artist Gwilym Prichard dating from the 1970s.
The painting is presented and supplied in a contemporary frame that compliments the artwork’s colouration (which is shown in these photographs), the artwork never having been framed before.
This vintage painting is in very good condition. It wants for nothing and is supplied ready to hang and display.
The painting is signed lower left.
Provenance: Direct from the artist’s family having never previously been offered for sale.
Gwilym Prichard was one of the most admired and successful painters of the Welsh landscape. After the death of Sir Kyffin Williams in 2006, he was considered to be the senior figure in Welsh landscape painting. His preferred medium was oils and he was noted for using a colourful palette and generous application of paint. It has been said that he “painted the bones neath the land.” His life, like his art, was full and colourful.
Pritchard studied at Normal College, Bangor, and the College of Art in Birmingham.
In 1954 he married the artist Claudia Williams, and began a romantic and creative partnership that spanned seven decades, and was the subject of several radio and television documentaries.
Although he always painted, Prichard also worked as a teacher in his early years. He gained a national reputation in the early 1960s, and was able to be an artist full-time from then onwards. In the 1980s Prichard and Williams took a three-month road trip that ended up taking seventeen years, mostly living and working from Rocheforte-en-Terre in Brittany, and returning to Wales in 2001. They moved house regularly, but eventually settled in Tenby, west Wales, where Prichard died in 2015, aged 84.
Pritchard’s work invigorated British landscape painting through his particular brand of observation and understanding. He said that he painted the land and farms and sea and sky because they shaped his life. He described his approach as emotional rather than analytical.
Pritchard had been a Fellow of Bangor University and a Member of the Royal Cambrian Academy. He had many awards, including the Silver Medal from the Academy of Arts, Science and Letters in Paris in 1995.
Pritchard took part in numerous national and international exhibitions, both solo and joint with his wife. Today the work of Gwilym Prichard is held in many prestigious public collections and is highly collectable.
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This stunning original oil on canvas painting by Gwilym Prichard is called Anglesey Farmhouse and shows a building that would have been familiar to the artist when he lived on the island. The building is depicted in solid shapes and shades of blue, but the doorways and tips of the chimneys have been accentuated in bright red, giving an impression that it is cold on the outside, but warm in the heart of the home. There is a figure at the end of the property, who appears to be holding something white in his hands – perhaps this is the farmer bringing in the milk bottles left at the end of his drive! There is green grass all around the farmhouse, and a rough stone wall in front, and what appears to be a feeding trough for animals in the foreground. There are two wooden telegraph poles, one either side of the house, representing a connection with the outside world, and the sky above is a deep indigo blue. This is likely to be first thing in the morning, just before daybreak.
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