A small celebration for artist Gwilym Prichard was held at Tenby Museum and Art Gallery on 5 November. The museum has recently loaned five of Gwilym’s paintings from his family and these are on show in the art gallery until Saturday 19 December. Gwilym passed away earlier this year.
Hywel Thomas, museum Trustee and close friend of Gwilym, gave the official opening stating, “It is such a shame that this showing of Gwilym’s work here in Tenby – what was to be his last home town – is simply a tribute after his death but nevertheless we are proud to show a few examples of his work.
“Over the last few years I got to know Gwilym well – initially through my involvement as a Trustee here at Tenby Museum, but more lately as a friend.
“Gwilym started his career in Art as an Art teacher before making a success as a selling painter and of course is now widely recognised as one of the greats alongside Ceri Richards and Kyffin Williams. He did give me a couple of lessons over the years – mainly in how to hold a pencil. We never really progressed much beyond that. I can’t have been a great pupil!
“Whenever I visit shows or exhibitions now, I still hear his voice whispering to me. I am expecting it today – I miss him a lot as I am sure you all do. Thankfully we have his art – a wonderful legacy – and I feel privileged to have known him.”
The opening was attended by the artist Claudia Williams, the wife of Gwilym Prichard, and Ceri Pritchard, their son, who said of the work, “These five paintings reveal Gwilym’s tranquil and peaceful nature, even though sometimes there may be other darker, Celtic currents in them.”