Gareth Parry


I was born in Blaenau Ffestiniog in 1951 and left my native north Wales in the 1960s to study at the Manchester College of Art.  I quickly returned home and worked in the slate quarry for a few years before picking up the professional paint brush to work on varied work to include portraits and still life.

In the early years, the majority of my work was sourced by private commissions; however, in 1980  I changed direction and chose to focus on exhibitions, showing work which inspired me and reflected my true love and passion of home. I painted “en plein” air for many years as I believed it was the only way to capture the “real thing” and in recent years I have worked from my studio using sketches and memory to develop and create images.

The subject matter, in the main, is about all things Welsh – the Welsh people, landscape and seascapes of Wales .  My seascapes and landscapes encapsulate the love of my native Wales and I strive to capture the harsh elements and ruggedness of the natural environment.   I use my  palette knife to  create energy and light which  demonstrates freedom of expression.

My work is held in private and public collections in the UK and abroad.  I have successfully exhibited in London and Wales for many years and was elected a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy in 2006.   I was one of the first artists to show my work at Oriel y Bont, Aberystwyth  when the gallery opened in 2002.