Oriel Davies Open 2016: Painting

Oriel Davies welcomes once again the arrival of the popular Oriel Davies Open where in 2016 we celebrate contemporary painting in all its diversity. The exhibition represents the current strength of painting practice by established and emerging talent across the UK and overseas.

The call for entries last Autumn generated an overwhelming response and after a challenging selection process for the judging panel we can reveal a superb line up of work by thirty two artists (a third of whom are currently based in Wales). The selection panel included Clare Woods, a leading international artist who had a large solo show at Oriel Davies in 2014 and subsequent Welsh tour (2015-2016); Nick Thornton, Head of Fine Art at Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, Cardiff; Dr Rebecca Daniels, Art Historical Researcher, Catalogue Raisonné of Francis Bacon and Alex Boyd Jones, Curator at Oriel Davies.

The exhibiting artists include:

Ned Armstrong, Jo Berry, Louise Bristow, Melanie Carvalho, Clare Chapman, Corinne Charton, Tom Climent, Michelle Conway, Daniel Crawshaw, Martyn Cross, Rebecca Croxford, Tim Davies, Ken Elias, Renata Fernandez, Niki Hare, Judith Hay, Adam Hennessey, Nicholas Johnson, Natasha Kidd, Angela Lizon, Eva Nielsen, Sally Payen, Cherry Pickles, Tom Pitt, Clare Price, Andreas Rüthi, Mark Samsworth, DJ Simpson, André Stitt, Lexi Strauss, Hannah Weatherhead, Ellie Young

These artists present new and recent work that reflects the multiplicity of painting; whether abstract or figurative, representational or imagined. The scale, material and presentation varies enormously for example some works are created through mechanical intervention over a period of time while others require the viewer to move physically around them.

As we might imagine the work can be seen to be a reflection of our time, whether referring to the past and our understanding of it, the virtual worlds we operate in more frequently, the human psyche or our ongoing relationship with our physical environment. As viewers in a show like this we see dialogues, influences, the political and the social as well as a reflection of ourselves.

Awards will be presented on the opening night, Saturday 16 April. The overall prizewinner will receive a cash prize of £1000 and an invitation to have a solo show at Oriel Davies, and a student prize winner will receive a cash prize of £500.

Once again in 2016, there is a chance for visitors to the exhibition to vote for their favourite work in the People’s Choice Prize. £250 which will be awarded to the artist whose work receives the most votes which has kindly been sponsored by Cambrian Trains Ltd.