Saturday 22 August – Sunday 4 October
The new exhibition at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery is Cloth, Card and Canvas: A Retrospective Exhibition with New Work by Andrea Kelland.
The exhibition represents a small part of the many prints and paintings of Andrea’s creative life, covering a period of 55 years from attending Art College in Kingston through to the present day. Andrea says of the show, “The earliest painting dates from 1959, whereas the oils on the latest work may still be wet!”
The exhibition covers college works, the screen-printing on cloth from her days in Brighton where she produced her book ‘Myths Most Monstrous’, her twenty-three years in Devon where she devoted her time to bringing up her 4 children as a single parent whilst running her clothing business ‘Schmocks’ and screen-printing smocks on the kitchen table. The exhibition then traces her twenty-seven years in Wales, where she moved to start painting again. Her income for the first few years here were supplemented by screen-printing beautiful floral greetings cards and wrapping papers. Andrea gave up printing in 2000 to concentrate fully on painting.
Andrea has had works shown in many exhibitions, both mixed and solo. She was awarded a bursary from the Arts Council of Wales to allow her to work on her ‘Above & Below’ show, which toured 7 venues. A few years later an ACW grant enabled her to work on her major exhibition, ‘The Power of Water and the Swell of Waves’, which also toured several galleries. She has also exhibited on more than one occasion at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery. Andrea has been a member of the Royal Watercolour Society of Wales for many years and she is currently its Vice President. Although passionate about the medium of watercolour, much of her work is executed in oil on canvas, applying the paint quite thickly with a palette knife and brush in her recognisable strong and bold style.
Andrea says, “I have always said that I think the sea must be in my blood as I am drawn to it as a subject of my work. As a student I painted figures in rough surf and diving to calm below, and I continued the theme when I resumed painting many years later. While living landlocked in Llangadog, I painted the legend of Lyn y Fan Fach, (a Welsh tale from the Middle Ages) which was later exhibited in Oriel Myrddin in their Myths and Legends exhibition. I also made paintings of the local River Sawdde and its tributaries. But then I moved to Pembrokeshire, nearer the coast, thank goodness!”
The sales exhibition runs until Sunday 4 October.