Thursday, 19 February 2015

John Hoyland

Noëlle Griffiths has chosen to work with the painting

‘Ligeia’ acrylic on cotton duck; 244x216cm; 1978 by John Hoyland (1934-2011)


Image 1: detail of cover ‘John Hoyland’ by Mel Gooding, published by Thames & Hudson © 2006

 Friday 12 December 2014

I leave Hafod y Llyn listening to owls hooting, dark, pre-dawn.

7am:  Oakley Arms is busy, four buses engines running, people waiting in the dark – a transport hub, a metropolis! – a world away from my sleeping family up the hill.

7.15am:  we set off to Cardiff, Wanda and I with Andrew driving.  We are diverted into Newtown due to flooding.  Swollen rivers, the Wye with waves like the sea.

11.15am:  we arrive at the National Museum of Wales in time to meet everyone for coffee and bara brith.  There are twelve of us at the Museum.  Bryony unlocks doors.  I wander amongst paintings - the large ‘Ayres Rock’ painting by Michael Andrews, acrylic on canvas glowing as you enter – I pass brown traditional portraits, religious paintings, landscapes, Impressionist gems, Cezanne, Monet, Daumier.  Then we go into the closed gallery being re-hung.  Past Gwen John, Sickert in Venice, many I didn’t have time to look at.  The second gallery alive with 20th Century paintings of colour and non-realistic subject – Patrick Heron, Terry Frost, Peter Lanyon, Karl Weschke, Ceri Richards, Keith Vaughan, Brenda Chamberlain, Ben Nicholson, Ivon Hitchens, Adrian Heath, Graham Sutherland.  Time to sketch and look at a few.


Image 2:  Noëlle sketching ‘Brown Harbour’ by Terry Frost at National Museum of Wales, 12.12.14

.....continued on Noelle Griffiths page

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