Charles Burton: Painting Still

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Oriel Myrddin Gallery

Church Lane
SA31 1LH

For six decades Charles Burton has been one of the major figures of art in Wales. Born in 1929, he grew up amid the poverty of the pre-war Rhondda Valley. While still a student at Cardiff School of Art he became a central figure in the influential Rhondda Group and his work was purchased for public collections. He won the Gold Medal of the National Eisteddfod aged just 24. At the Royal College, Carel Weight described him as one of the most lively in a generation of painters that included Peter Blake, Leon Kossoff and Bridget Riley. After heading the painting department at Liverpool College of Art in the era of the Beatles and the Liverpool Poets, he returned to South Wales in 1970. This retrospective at Oriel Myrddin Gallery draws out the constants in Charles Burton’s work from the 1940s to the present – his subject matter in the people, objects and places that surround him, his fascination with pictorial structure and representation, and above all the brilliant serenity and stillness of his paintings. The artist has chosen the works in collaboration with the gallery and Peter Wakelin, who wrote the book Charles Burton: Painting Still. In partnership with Martin Tinney Gallery

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  • Saturday 19th June 2021 - Thursday 19th August 2021 11:00 - 15:00

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