Iwan Gwyn Parry
M.A. R.C.A. was born and raised on Anglesey, North Wales
After completing his M.A. in painting at Chelsea school of art, London he returned to North Wales where he lives and works. Iwan is a part-time Fine Art lecturer and his work is represented by the “Martin Tinney gallery”, Cardiff and the “Thackeray gallery” in London. His work is in many important British and international collections and is regarded as one of Wales’s leading landscape painters.
From an early age and for a long time I have had a deep resonance, affinity and pre-occupation with the Western and Eastern seaboard of Wales, Ireland and the broader Irish Sea which have formed a backdrop to my paintings and drawings. There are many layers to this pre-occupation as I chose subjects and places which allow me pictorial freedom to explore passages of emotional colour and thought, which indeed become meditations on time, space and light. The act of painting for me is imbedded and laced with mystery, arduous and demanding at times but always profoundly uplifting.
Through this process of “Emotional Archaeology” I am trying to find a visual equivalent for my sensations and inspirations which I hope suggest mystery, magic and spiritual connection.
Born 1970, Holyhead, Anglesey
1992-93 M.A. (Hons) Painting
Chelsea school of Art and Design, London
1989-1992 B.A. (Hons) Fine Art, Cardiff Institute of higher Education.
Grade awarded- First
1987-1989 B.T.E.C General Art-Design, Gwynedd Technical College, Bangor.
Selected Exhibitions/ Forthcoming shows
2018 “New artists/Xmas show” The doorway gallery, Dublin , Irleand
2018 University of Glamorgan permanent Collection “Selected works”
2018 “The Rivers of Wales” Welsh Arts Council Supported Solo exhibition.
Theatre Clwyd, Mold North Wales
2018 Royal College of Art, London “Secret” exhibition (Sept 2017)
2018 50th Anniversary exhibition Thackeray gallery, London
2018 “ Royal Cambrian Academy”summer exhibition
2017 “Three Welsh Painters” Oriel Tegfryn, Menai Bridge (Feb)
2017 “Land /Sea” Thackeray gallery, London (Feb)
2017 “A journey for Jan Morris” Oriel-Plas-glyn-y-Weddw
2016 “The Alchemy of water” Solo exhibiton Theatr Clwyd, Mold,clwyd
2016 “The Alchemy of water” Solo Exhibitions “Storiel” Bangor, Gwynedd
2014 “Land/sea” Thackeray gallery, London
2013 Solo exhibition Martin Tinney gallery, Cardiff
2013 En-plein –air Royal Cambrian Academy
2012 Oriel Tegfryn Gallery- Solo Exhibition
2011 The Thackerey gallery, London- Solo Exhibition
2011 Oriel Ynys Mon- “The painted Surface” Solo exhibition.
2011 Oriel- Y- Bont, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd
www.glam.ac.uk/gallery Prize winners)
2010 David Koppel Gallery, Norwich (Solo exhibition)
2010 Thackeray gallery, London (Six Welsh painters)
2010 Fraser Gallery of Bethesda, Greater Washington DC, U.S.A
(Six Welsh Contemporary Artists)
2009 Recent purchases University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd.
2009 Second solo show, Martin Tinney, Cardiff.
2008 University of Glamorgan purchase award.
Millennium centre, Cardiff. (Shortlisted artist)
2007 New paintings, Martin Tinney gallery, Cardiff.
2006 Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, Clwyd (Lower gallery)
2005 Oriel plas-Glyn-y-weddw, Llanbedrog,Gwynedd
(joint show with Gwilym Prichard)
2005 Six Welsh Artists, “Cartref” Casa Foa Buenos Aires
2005 Iwan Gwyn Parry/ Dewi Tudur/Dick Chappell
Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff
2004 “Native land” North Wales Artists and Landscape 1979-2004
Oriel Mostyn,Llandudno/ Millenium centre, Cardiff.
2003 “New paintings and drawings” Theatre Clwyd (Main hall)
2002 “Landmarks” Oriel Ynys Mon, Anglesey.
Joint show with Darren Hughes
2000 “Afon”/ “River” Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno, Conwy.
(Artist in resident)
2000 “Oil and Water” Centre for Visual Arts, Cardiff.
(with Brendan Burns and Terry Setch)
1999/2000 “Horizon”/”Gorwelion” Solo touring exhibition
Wrexham Art Centre and Maidstone Art Gallery
1999 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey.
1999 “Six Welsh Artists”
Wrexham Art Centre Exchange and Altena, Germany
1999 National Eisteddfod of Wales, Llanbedrgoch, Anglesey.
Coleg Menai Exhibition.
1999 Wales drawing Biennale.
Wrexham Arts centre/ Aberystwyth Art Centre
1997 Wales drawing Biennale. (Image used for a poster)
Wrexham art centre/ Aberystwyth Art Centre
1997 “New works” Gwynedd Museum and Art Gallery
(Joint show with Owein Prendergast)
1992 “Young Welsh Artists from Cardiff Inst of Higher Education”
Prizes and collections
National government collection (House of Lords purchase collection 2012)
University of Glamorgan collection 2008
Contemporary Art Society of Wales collection 2007
Anglesey County Council
2nd prize gold medal fine art competition
National Eisteddfod of Anglesey 1999
Elected member of Royal Cambrian Academy 2003
Numerous private collections nationally and internationally
“The Analytical eye of Charles Tunnicliffe” Curated exhibition, Oriel Mon Anglesey 2013
2007- Panel Judging Member National Eisteddfod of Wales, Mold and district.
1994-current Fine Art lecturer Coleg Menai, Bangor
(Foundation Course and B.A Hons Fine Art Course)
1994-2003 Fine Art lecturer Llandrillo college, Rhos-on-Sea
2003-2008 Fine Art lecturer Lifelong learning dept, Coleg Menai, Bangor
W.J.E.C invited professional artist- Welsh Joint Education Committee Board of Studies, Cardiff.
2004 – P.G.C.E. teaching qualification gained, University of Newport
Grade 1 achieved for teaching practice during internal and external moderation 1997-present
Related articles and broadcasts
2016 Proflie in “Golwg” Magazine- “The Alchemy of Water” exhibition.
2016 Radio Cymru Dei Thomas- Review of “Storiel” exhibition
2010 Studio profile “Golwg” magazine/Related article.
2010 Profile on Radio Cymru (Rhaglan Dei Thomas)
2010 Radio 4 “Delirious wilderness” J.P.Innes/ Augustus John 100 years on
2009 Interview and further profile in Atrists/Illustrators publication.
2009 Profile in Artists/illustrators publication.( 9 to look out for in 2009 article)
2009 Western mail. Review of Martin Tinney Exhibition.
2008 Cambria magazine
2007 Golwg magazine. Review of Martin Tinney exhibition.
2007 “Byd o liw” S4c invited commissioned artist based upon Turner.
2007 “Wedi tri” S4c Profile of Martin Tinney exhibition.
2007 “Galleries” magazine ,review of Martin Tinney Exhibition.
2007 Profile of Martin Tinney exhibition and interview for “Y sioe Gelf”
2003 “Graffitti” S4C
2002 “Y sioe Gelf” S4C profile
2000 Daily post review, Wrexham art centre Exhibition review.
REPRESENTED GALLERIES WEBSITES.
WWW.ARTWALES.COM (THE MARTIN TINNEY GALLERY CARDIFF)
WWW.THACKERAYGALLERY.COM (THE THACKERAY GALLERY LONDON)
WWW.DOORWAYGALLERY.COM (THE DOORWAY GALLERY DUBLIN)