Oriel Q - Queens Hall Gallery, High Street, Narberth, Pembrokeshire, SA67 7AS [t] 01834 869454 Manager: Lynne Crompton
Photographs by Chris Rees
Bessie in the Dyffryn Arms
Assorted ceramics and jewellery by students and well-known artists
In this exhibition Geraint examines the contemporary survival strategies of those living in the First World. Using large-scale drawings, prints and installation, he considers both the turmoil and the banality of these circumstances. This work is the culmination of three years spent examining contemporary life on the fringes of the urban landscape. The work urges the viewer to participate in dialogues and promotes engagement with some of the social issues affecting a post-religious, post-financial crash Britain.
‘In its simplest form, the work depicts the tradition of people and place... Obviously I choose the people and the places; that’s my privilege as an artist. I’m drawn to those on the fringes of society: those in poverty – the immigrant trolley vendor in Totem, for example. It’s the survival strategies I’m interested in. Totem contrasts the garish face of western pop consumer culture with the realities of life at the bottom in all its irony and hypocrisy. He works all day selling grinning cartoon inflatables and diamanté phone covers with FML on them. I want to challenge our daily wants and problems, putting them into a greater context.’
The intention of the exhibition is to transfer the underlying ailments of the typically urban condition to the rural heart of Pembrokeshire, for exploration and contemplation.
Geraint studied in Swansea Metropolitan University and gained a Bachelor of the Arts in Fine Art (Painting and Drawing) in 2009. Since then he has exhibited in many group shows, but this is his inaugural solo exhibition and the gallery is delighted to give this young talented artist the platform to show his skills. His observational drawings are so good, and are unusual to see in this digital age, where the concept sometimes ignores the craft and skill of fine art. Witty, poignant studies of the human condition invite the viewer to reflect on our society and to admire the artist’s ability to communicate this.
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