The latest exhibition in the Glamorgan University’s art museum gallery is of local artist Ronald Lawrence, and it is well worth a visit to see the brilliant versatility and diversity of an artist, now in his eighties, who is still exploring and innovating.
Here he is in front of an early exhibited painting Zion St (1953), while curator Ceri Thomas (whose father made Nye Bevan’s statue in Cardiff) points out the variety – guitars, metal sculpture, photography and the paintings – to Kim Howells who opened the exhibition, heckled by his grandchild, as they do.
The fact sheet explains phases in his work, and draws a parallel between artist and university (which began as the School of Mines in 1913) as reflecting continuity and change, and an ability to re-invent oneself.
One of his best known paintings, The Rugby Match (1984) has been loaned by the National Library in Aberystwyth. It’s Sardis Road, Pontypridd’s ground, from Ron’s house, with great detail and rhythm. Another Pontypridd-based work is The Bandstand (1976).
I liked reflections (1985) with the sheep eating the news, and a recent acrylic Chinese Vase (2012).
The vibrancy of this is also found in his jazz paintings, capturing the music of Django Reinhart in paint. And then there is the sea, captured in embroidery, photography and watercolours.
He has several Adam & Eve paintings from the late 1970s, and portraits. It’s worth a visit, only 5 minutes walk from Trefforest station and free entry.
More information is at www.glam.ac.uk/gallery