Llandybie artist Christopher Williams is no longer forgotten...
6:00am Friday 10th August 2012 in News
THE work of a “forgotten” Llandybie artist described by Prime Minister David Lloyd George as “among the most gifted Wales has ever produced” will be displayed in a major retrospective at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth next month.
Having attended a lecture on Christopher Williams at Llanelli’s Parc Howard, Carmarthenshire county council chairwoman Sian Thomassaid although the Llandybie manwas a fine artist, fewpeople had ever heard of him.
“In my opinion we should put more emphasis on our indigenous art and be proud of it,” she said. “As Welsh people we put a great emphasis aural art, music,song and poetry, but not enough on the visual arts.”
Williams, who died in 1934 at the age of 61, rebelled against his father’s plans for him to become a doctor after a visit to the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool in 1892 which made him want to become an artist.
In 1911, he received a commission from King George V to work on a commemorative painting of the Investiture of Edward, Prince of Wales, at Caernarfon Castle.