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Blue_Top, Shani, Rhys Jones  

 

Aberystwyth Arts Centre

 

 

12 November 2013 11 January 2014

 

 

To say that Shani Rhys James paintings are simply of flowers or self portraits would be like declaring that Van Gogh painted cornfields and Munch s The Scream is about someone having a big shout. There are dark undercurrents and multiple layers in the work of this artist who, having celebrated her sixtieth birthday this year, is as prolific and powerful as ever.

 

 

She returns to Aberystwyth Arts Centre with a new body of work paintings and the automata that echo the themes and concerns that recur in her canvasses: childhood memories that are definitely not of the Enid Blyton variety; the claustrophobia of domesticity and the complexity of human relationships.

 

 

The Rivalry of Flowers Shani Rhys James: a monograph published by Seren accompanies this exhibition

 

 

Aberystwyth University, Penglais Campus, Aberystwyth SY23 3DE www.aberystwythartscentre.co.uk

 

 

Opening times: Mon - Wed 10am - 5pm; Thu - Sat 10am - 8pm; Sun 1pm - 5pmFree Admission

 

 

Image Credit: Blue Top, 2013 , oil on canvas, 183cm x244 cm, Shani Rhys James

 

*** Update*** Shani Rhys James will be featured in What Do Artists Do All Day? on BBC for at 20.30 13.11.2013