Arthur Giardelli was an English born artist, with an Italian father. He was born 1911 in London and died 2009 in Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire. Arthur Giardelli was raised in Surrey and attended Hertford College, Oxford, where he did a degree in Modern Languages. He later trained at the Ruskin School of Art, Oxford in 1930-34. He lived most of his life in Wales and was represented by the Grosvenor Gallery in London for a large part of his career. He was a friend of artists Cedric Morris, David Jones, Josef Herman and Ceri Richards. He also had international artist friends including Zoran Mušič, Ota Janeček, Olivier Debré and Fairfield Porter. He was pro-active in bringing art into South Wales’s communities: In the 1940s he was part of the Dowlais educational settlement, and was influential in setting up the Rhondda Group. Arthur Giardelli was one of the founders of the South Wales Group (which later became The Welsh Group) and the 56 Group Wales, which he later became president of towards the end of his life. He was also a Contemporary Art Society for Wales and Welsh Arts Council committee member. He helped found the University Art Collection at Aberystwyth. Giardelli’s work is held in many collections including the Tate, the National Museum of Wales, the National Library of Wales, Contemporary Art Society of Wales, Arts Council of Wales, Museum of Modern Art Wales, Brecknock Museum, Tenby Museum and Art Gallery together with museums and galleries in New York, Dublin, Nantes, Bratislava and Prague.
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