The new exhibition opened in Oriel Q on Saturday 8 April, entitled ‘CYNEFIN’, a stunning collection of work by Mary Lloyd Jones. Meaning ‘familiar habitat’, this draws on Mary’s deep connection with the land and the culture of Wales and its connection with other Celtic places, languages and traditions. Mary uses words and symbols drawn from Ogham and Bardic alphabets, graffiti through the ages, in her colourful compositions that seem abstract but which are figurative in a way as they represent hills and valleys and streams and stones. There are references to poets, places and history, and the layers of colours whether in watercolour, oils or print reveal a deep love and commitment to the land. Mary is an internationally renowned painter, print-maker and author. She has received honorary fellowships from Trinity College Carmarthen and Aberystwyth University and an honorary doctorate from the University of Wales, Cardiff.
She is represented by the Martin Tinney gallery in Cardiff and is recognised as one of the most important artists in Wales with an increasing reputation throughout the world.
There will be books, essays and films about Mary available to browse in Oriel Fach at your leisure, and as the exhibition is on until 13 May repeat visits may be a must to appreciate this talented artist.