Oriel Kyffin Williams

Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize 2018

E-Exhibition | Artists | Winners

14.07.18 – 27.01.19

A Celebration of Drawings at Oriel Môn
The Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize, 2018

gwobrOriel Môn is proud to announce Colin See-Paynton, as the winner of the open prize and George Bolwell as the winner of the student prize of the 2018 ‘Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize’.

The ’Sir Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize’ was established by the Sir Kyffin Williams Trust and Oriel Môn, in partnership with The National Library of Wales and The National Museum of Wales, in memory of Wales’s most prolific and best loved artist. David Meredith, Chairman of the Sir Kyffin Williams Trust said, “In this, the Centenary Year of Kyffin’s birth, it is important that we acknowledge and celebrate the support he gave to aspiring artists and the value he placed on drawing skills throughout his career. On behalf of the Trust I wish to give a special thank you to our Sponsors, ITV Cymru/Wales and Rogers Jones Auctioneers. This partnership with our National Broadcaster and with Wales’ leading Auctioneer enables us to honour talented artists and encourage them further in the development of their craft”.

The Drawing Competition is held every three years with £3,000 awarded to the open prize winner and £1,000 awarded to the student prize winner. This year the open prize has been kindly donated by ITV Cymru / Wales and the student prize kindly donated by the Auctioneers Rogers Jones and Company of Colwyn Bay and Cardiff.

gwobrCOLIN SEE- PAYNTON, RCA NonRE, SWE, the open prize winner, is an artist of international standing, having exhibited widely across the world, notably China, USA, Spain and the UK. His major exhibition ‘Of a Feather’ was launched at the National Library of Wales and subsequently toured to more than twenty-four venues throughout the British Isles, including Oriel Môn. A limited edition book published to accompany the show with a forward by Sir David Attenborough has recently been on display at The New York Public Library as part of their exhibition ‘Celebrating 100 Years’, it was featured as “one of the library’s most fascinating artefacts”. Colin currently lives and works in a remote farmhouse in the county of Montgomeryshire and takes much inspiration from the landscape and its wildlife. His winning drawing entitled ‘Six March Hares’ is an impressively large pencil drawing of hares leaping energetically across an expansive white background.

Colin states -“Everything begins with a drawing. It is perhaps the purest and truest expression of our love of the world, purer than the written or spoken word. When we draw, we pay homage, revering our subject in the most intimate way, gaining understanding and the fullest appreciation of its wonders. Yet even as young children it is what we are able to do most naturally, without affectation and with joy”.

gwobrGEORGE BOLWELL, winner of the student award, graduated last year from the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London. He currently works as an Architectural Designer in London. He has a very fond relationship with Wales and particularly with Anglesey.

He states, “I spent a large part of my childhood in Rhosneigr, Anglesey. My grandmother lived there and my family would spend the summers there each year, so it is where I did a large amount of growing up, and I feel a very strong personal connection to the area. I competed in the windsurfing competition held at Rhosneigr beach each year into my twenties and so have become even more familiar with that place in particular”.

He has exhibited in the Quay Arts Centre, Isle of Wight, and The Bartlett Show and at the RA Summer Exhibition, The Royal Academy, London. His winning drawing is a large dramatic abstract piece entitled ‘Plan for a Bath House’ and is taken from a series of fictional building plans.

gwobrThis year The ’Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize’ judging panel was made up of artists, Catrin Williams, Philippa Jacobs, Gareth Parry and Dr Paul Joyner, and chaired by David Meredith.
Since the inaugural Drawing Prize competition was held in 2009, the number of artists applying has increased considerably, with entrants from all over Wales and England. This year over 200 applications were received, with 50 artists works chosen for the exhibition.

Colin See-Paynton’s and George Bolwell’s winning art works along with others entered into the competition will be on display at the Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize Exhibition at Oriel Môn, from 14th July 2018 to 27th of January 2019. The exhibition is free of charge; however, if you are unable to visit, you can view the whole exhibition on-line at www.orielynysmon.info. Oriel Môn is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm daily.

For further information contact:-
Nicola Gibson, Visitor Experience Manager, Oriel Môn
01248 752014 / 01248 724444

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imageThe Trust’s initial objective when it was established in 2007 was to build a dedicated gallery to Kyffin Williams in his native Angelsey. Through Sir Kyffin’s own genorosity, the auspicies of the Isle of Anglesey County Council, the stalwart work of its staff in the Education and Life-long Learning unit, and with the support of many public bodies and hundreds of individuals who contributed so generously, Oriel Kyffin Williams was built as an integral part of Oriel Ynys Mô in Llangefni. This splendid gallery was opened in 2008, and it has a wonderful rolling programme of works by Sir Kyffin and others.

The Trust has two other objectives; to foster the public understanding of art, especially among young people, and to give other artists the opportunity to express themselves and exhibit their works.




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