Contemporary Welsh landscape artist

Contemporary landscape painting by Osian Gwent

Welsh landscape art

Landscape art is my favourite genre. As a contemporary landscape painter and landscape artist, I get to express what it personally means to me through painting. The Welsh landscape is a part of who I am. It inevitably shows up as a sense of atmosphere and movement in my painting, because I am so familiar with its elements.

There’s something monumnetally special about being out in the landscape alone. I feel overwhelmed by beauty of creation.

Osian Gwent

I have a special affinity with the Welsh landscape, especially the Black Mountains. Fortunately, I am blessed to know them well. They represent home to me, even though I now live in mid-Wales. It’s true to say that I have a deep connection with this part of the world. The Welsh landscape continues to inspire my painting to this day. Particularly on extremely stormy days!

Finding the essence of contemporary landscape painting

I have always enjoyed landscape painting. I look at landscapes very differently these days. This approach is reflecting more and more in my drawing and painting. Basically, I want to represent the essence of what the landscape is saying to me. And quite often in a contemporary landscape painting, its the simplicity of the underlying shape and form that gives it a unique structure.

I enjoy landscape painting. I look at contemporary landscape paintings by other contemporary landscape artists and I feel inspired. Firstly, it was about the details. Now, I tend to look at and observe the landscape differently. it’s more personal now. Attempting to make the unseen, seen. This approach seems to be reflecting more and more in my drawing and painting.

I was trained to do detail but it doesn’t do it for me anymore. Instead, I’d rather capture simplicity. Here, I look at structure and form and break it down into simple shapes. What draws my attention is the mood and atmosphere. Thus, by working quickly, I transfer energy and movement into my painting. For me, as a landscape painter, my subject is never static.

It begins with a simple sketch

I take my sketchbook everywhere. Every contemporary landscape painter needs to. I draw a few simple lines to capture the basic structure. After that, I simply look and observe. Then I take mental notes. For instance, I study movement or changes in colour. Then back in the studio, I allow the painting to dictate to me a remembered reality.

Now, let’s talk about the contemporary landscape painting below. My eyes were drawn towards the distant hills. I chose to represent them as a block of colour and a simple outline. Next, I painted them in a grey/purple oil colour as this helped to make them recede into the landscape painting. The day was windy and therefore I wanted to capture that movement.

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In addition, my recent landscape paintings featured in a solo contemporary landscape exhibition in the Welsh Assembly Cardiff.

Contemporary landscape paintings for sale

So, do come to visit me in my art gallery in mid-Wales. My studio and gallery is open six days a week from Mon-Sat and features my latest work. Private viewings are welcome. Send me an email via my contact me page. Drop by and see me at work. Likewise, everyone is welcome to come for a chat and I am happy to share my techniques.

Finally, my gallery and Instagram account feature additional contemporary landscape paintings.

Osian Gwent Welsh contemporary landscape artist.

white painted road marking direction arrow

Direction Determines Destination

Routine and structure for home-based businesses

I work from home. My commute is from the kitchen to the studio. I live one day at a time. Yesterday has gone. I am excited about the future but I focus on today. Having a daily routine helps me to maintain that focus. There is a lot of freedom that is attached to what I do. And I enjoy it. However, without any structure that freedom could be my undoing.

Continue reading Direction Determines Destination

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Edgelands at the Canolfan Y Celfyddydau

Edgelands Exhibition

I drove over to Aberystwyth today to visit Canolfan Y Celfyddydau, otherwise known as the Aberystwyth Arts Centre. The main exhibition ‘Edgelands’, takes its inspiration from the overlooked areas of land on the borders of the town and the countryside. These are the outskirts of cities that hardly receive any attention. This collection of contemporary painting celebrates these forgotten margins of our landscape. They challenge us to consider how we perceive the world. Not just in terms of what we see, but also how we feel and behave like a developing civilisation.

Artists on Show

Some of the featured artists include; Barbara Howey, Marguerite Horner, Lee Maelzer and Day Bowman.

Horner’s works offer a snapshot of the seemingly mundane: a sliver of dual carriageway in profile, a petrol station or a rundown shop, in a tired suburban street. Continue reading Edgelands at the Canolfan Y Celfyddydau

Ceredigion Art Trail summer exhibition 2017 Old College Aberystwyth

The Artist in the Market Place

Blogging selling online art

Painting small and often is one aspect of being an artist. Almost equally as important, is selling artwork.

Today we have the opportunity for blogging selling online art.  We can join like-minded people, who can support each other as artists.  There are thousands of artists painting often, and posting to blogs. Potentially there is a hugely supportive community at our fingertips.

You can avoid the middleman – most galleries charge 50% commission. While they do a lot (including paying rent), the internet presents us with an opportunity to sell direct. There are costs with selling online, but they are much lower than 50%. Continue reading The Artist in the Market Place