Art Exhibition at Shire Hall

Welsh landscape painting

Five-Ways Art, the on-line agency promoting and selling Welsh art, returns to the Shire Hall, Monmouth with a vibrant new exhibition 12-15th October. The show includes work by some of Wales’ most accomplished painters, sculptors, printmakers and photographers.

Vicky Penn, who set up Five-Ways Art from her home near Abergavenny in 2010, said: ‘My challenge is to discover and showcase the best in contemporary Welsh art. Wales seems to have a wealth of artistic talent disproportionate to its size, yet artists here are often either overlooked or undervalued or both. I spend a lot of time visiting studios up and down the country, digging out talent that I can take pride in exhibiting.’

The 2017 exhibition covers the gambit from traditional oil painting to some unexpected images made from toast. If there is a motif, however, it is the landscape. ‘It is hardly surprising,’ Vicky Penn said. ‘The landscape is such an emotive subject in Wales.’  Often beautiful, frequently empty, elemental, refashioned by the changing seasons, refined by the weather and occasionally wild, the Welsh landscape is a force that all artists who live here have to reckon with at some point.

Over twenty artists are represented in the exhibition, offering collectable works ranging in price from £50 – £2,500.  “Very often people are buying for a special occasion; weddings, christenings, anniversaries, birthdays, hopefully here every one can find or commission the original and thoughtful present that they are looking for.”