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Iwan Gwyn Parry
M.A.  R.C.A.  was born and raised on Anglesey, North Wales
in 1970.

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.



Artists statement.


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.

Biography/selected exhibitions.


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

                      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.

                                   (Prize Winner)


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”

                                   S4C Cardiff



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



Positions held


“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.










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