Gareth Hugh Davies is best known for the powerful, enigmatic and haunting imagery in his paintings.
The absence of the figure in familiar visual references such as pine forests, grey skies, rain clouds, urban lighting and tracks in snow enables several interpretations.
“I’m interested in the the quiet drama that simple visual references can create. They can be read as meditations on the tensions between light and dark, the remote and the familiar, comfort and a sense of isolation.These pieces are also as much about our transience as our ability to transform the land in which we inhabit”
Gareth Hugh Davies trained at Dyfed College of Art, Carmarthen, Portsmouth Polytechnic and North Staffordshire Polytechnic. His work has been included in exhibitions at The Royal Academy of Art, The National Portrait Gallery, The Cricket Hill Gallery in New York, and The Leith Gallery in Edinburgh. In 1990 he won the Gold Medal for Fine Art at The National Eisteddfod of Wales. His work is held in numerous private collections and the public collections of the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea, University of South Wales, Oriel y Bont, and Carmarthenshire County Collection. He lives and works in Carmarthenshire.
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Archive (sold pieces):
1984 Gallerie Het Glashuis, Alkmaar, Holland.
1985 Resident artist, Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany.
1986 Kieler Woche, Kiel, Germany.
1988 “Best in the West”. Swansea Arts Workshop Gallery.
1990 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London.
1990 “Discerning Eye”, Mall Galleries, London.
1990 Gold Medal for Fine Art, National Eisteddfod of Wales, Cwm Rhymni.
1991 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London.
1991 ‘Under the eye of Saturn’ Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno.
1992 Leicester Exhibition, Beaumanor Hall, Leicester.
1992 S4C/Royal Mail Open, Royal Welsh Show.
1992 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London.
1992 Stephen Barclay Gallery, London.
1993 Dyfed Open, Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen.
1994 Portobello Open, Tabernacle Gallery, London.
1995 BP National Portrait Awards, National Portrait Gallery, London.
1996 One man exhibition, Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff.
1997 Meridian Art, Hay-on Wye.
1998 Summer Exhibition, Royal Academy of Arts, London.
1999 Wales Drawing Biennale.Confreys purchase prize winner.
2000 Affordable Art Fair, (with Koronis artists group) Battersea Park, London.
2001 Cricket Hill Contemporary Art, New York.
2001 Two man show with sculptor Paul Kinc aid at CCTA Carmarthen.
2001 Affordable Art Fair West, Bristol. Koronis Artists Group.
2001 Affordable Art Fair London.
2002 Winter Exhibition Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff.
2003 “Small’ Group Exhibition Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff.
2004 Group show Leith Gallery Edinburgh.
2004 Oriel Myrddin Summer Exhibition, Carmarthen.
2005 Royal Cambrian Academy Exhibition, Conwy.
2005 Solo Exhibition, Queen’s Hall Gallery, Narberth, Pembrokeshire.
2006 National Eisteddfod Swansea.
2006 Solo Exhibition, The Leith Gallery, Edinburgh.
2007 Solo Exhibition ‘Olion’ Oriel Myrddin Carmarthen
2008 Solo Exhibition ‘Olion’ Oriel Gelf Glynn Vivian Art Gallery. Swansea
2008 Tactile Bosch Gallery Cardiff
2008 University of Glamorgan Purchase prize shortlist, Millennium Centre Cardiff
2008 Solo Exhibition Theatr Mwldan Cardigan
2009 Group show Y Tabernacl MOMA Machynlleth
2010 Solo Exhibition St David’s Hall Cardiff
2010 New Leaf Gallery Monmouth
2010 Solo Exhibition Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery, Aberdare
2011 Solo Exhibition New Leaf Gallery Monmouth
2012 National Botanic Gardens
2013 Solo Exhibition Y Galeri Caernarfon
2013 Discover the Valleys Tredegar
2013 Solo Exhibition Oriel Q Narberth
2014 Solo Exhibition Cynon Valley Museum Aberdare
2014 Oriel Ty Crawshaw
2014 ‘Correspondences’ Plas Glyn y Weddw
2015 Affordable Art Fair Battersea Park
Gold medal for Fine Art, National Eisteddfod, Cwm Rhymni, 1990
Private collections throughout Britain, USA, Germany, Holland, France, and Spain.
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum, Swansea. Carmarthenshire County Museums Collection.
University of Glamorgan, Oriel y Bont.