Black Raven Gallery

A painting by Miranda Rhys

Welcome to the Black Raven Gallery at Dinefwr.

6 September – 16 November 2019

Miranda Rhys studied BA Fine Art at Goldsmiths College in London betwen1981-84 and has since lived and worked in South London with regular visits to the Llandeilo area. For the last few years Miranda has been painting in Coldharbour Studios in Brixton.  Miranda has exhibited widely in the UK her work is held in various private collections.

 “I usually work on a theme in a series of paintings, so familiar motives in different combinations appear. Everyday household containers have inspired many of my recent oil paintings. These unassuming objects merge into our daily routines, with their appealing colours and shapes making unique combinations that reflect our identity and taste. Removed from their usual context and set up in the studio, I combine them in such a way to achieve a harmony of colour and shape to transform them.  At times the combinations allude to anthropomorphic groupings.

Currently the ubiquitous plastic milk bottle has intrigued me, with its sculptural, translucent and seductive qualities, used and disposed of daily. However with the increasing awareness of the negative impact plastic is having in even the most pristine parts of the planet we have to challenge the use of this convenient substance.  By painting them, I preserve them beyond their throwaway life and give them time to be observed and thought about centre stage.”

Miranda lived at Newton House as a child with her family from 1963 – 68.

She says: “It’s lovely to be able to exhibit at the Black Raven Gallery which has been named after my Father’s publishing house, the Black Raven Press. My parents were great advocates of the arts and from 1966 – 68 hosted exhibitions, concerts and theatre events at Newton House. It was their ambition to see the house used as an arts centre and I feel that with the gallery and the new focus on arts programming by the National Trust at Dinefwr, those ambitions are coming to life again for new visitors”