Gwlad (Wales) 8′ x 4′ oil on canvas £6,500


Celf gan Osian (Art by Osian)
3 Short Bridge Street Llanidloes Powys Wales

Background

I grew up on a council estate in South Wales during the 60’s and 70’s. Dad was an avid reader. I loved pouring through the collection of art books he had acquired on the lives of different artists. The early works were inspired by the industrial region of the valleys, and the rugged natural beauty of the surrounding Welsh landscape which remains a source of inspiration. My love of art and my passion for painting has continued on into later life, by reflecting on my personal life experiences that help shape the direction of my work.

I moved to England to study fine art painting and sculpture in my twenties. I lived in Asia for 9 years and the States for 12 years. I moved back to Wales in 2016.

I opened my own Gallery Art by Osian in January 2019. Recent exhibitions include a solo exhibition at the National Assembly for Wales (Senedd) Cardiff and I exhibit regionally across the country. The National Library of Wales requested permission to archive my work. I exhibited at the Contemporary Welsh Art Exhibition in London and my work has been sold to private collections across Europe, the States and Asia.

The gallery is open Mon to Sat 11 am – 4 pm. I am typically there beyond those hours. Scheduled private appointments are welcomed.

Living life as a full-time fine art painter

I am a full-time painter. It’s how I make my living. I draw upon my personal life experience and illustrate this into my work.

Traditionally trained, I spent four years at art school, as a figurative fine art painter. My work is gradually shifting to the expressive abstract. It’s a place I venture to disconnect from the rules. I get to enjoy the simple act of manipulating paint. I focus on the simplicity of shape, colour, texture whilst layering thin glazes and thicker bolder energetic statements of paint. My recent work is constantly evolving into an expressive, intuitive, contemporary modern art style.

I’m happiest when I see beyond detail. I love expressing the essence of the subject and what it means to me, often through the movement of paint, contrast, light and texture. If I can keep it loose whilst throwing my energy into a spontaneous mess that’s when I connect.