Art Exhibition of Recent Work by Emrys Parry at Mandell’s Gallery, Elm Hill, Norwich.
Mandell’s Gallery has long held a reputation for showing the best of both past and contemporary art created in Norfolk. In October it will hold its first major solo show of work by Emrys Parry, a Welsh artist who has lived most of his life in Norfolk.
Emrys Parry’s studio faces east and is sited on the eastern edge of East Anglia. Yet it is to the western edge of the United Kingdom and to his childhood home on the Llŷn peninsula of north-west Wales that much of his art refers. The largely Welsh speaking community of the small fishing village of Nefyn, remains a potent resource for deeply held traditions and above all the distinctiveness of its people. The landscape of Llŷn is equally profound in influence, with the profile of the peaks of Yr Eifl as seen across the bay from Nefyn recurring in his art as if witness to the people he has physically, but not psychologically, left behind.
For Emrys, the perception of the visual world as explored in visual art can be understood with the clarity and complexity of a language; deeply-rooted stories can be told and communicated through art as if ‘in the flesh’. As often as he can, Emrys returns to Nefyn in person, sketchbook in hand, to provide fuel for his memories. He draws on both living memory and ancient tradition. Along with particular events or features of a contemporary world, memories of Celtic mythology and legend are a visible presence, not as direct illustration or a form of nostalgia but as an integral element in the schematic patterning of the landscape and its features, echoing the rhythms and patterns of the music and poetry of ancient tradition.
The visual properties of line, colour, tone, shape and pattern reflect an interplay between the abstract and figurative. An exploration of abstract rhythms and patterns is also explored through the fascination with patterned forms such as the snake, the spiral and the labyrinth. There is also a suggestion of Welsh quilting motifs, recalling Emrys’ sympathy for such textile traditions but also referencing the landscape figured as a patchwork quilt.
Emrys Parry - This is an exhibition of Emrys Parry’s recent works. A Welsh artist who has lived most of his life on the East Coast of Norfolk. Inspired by to his childhood home of the Llŷn peninsula and the stories and traditions that live there.