Since his death in 2006, the works of Sir Kyffin Williams have been revered and highly sought after in the art world for their unique interpretations of the Welsh landscape. Now, one of Anglesey’s most famous sons’ posthumous bodies of work are expected to fetch a handsome £250,000 at auction.
North Wales has received a timely boost in the arts as of late with the highly successful LLAWN01 receiving acclaim and recognition. Situated over three days, the festival is expected to continue next year and with Williams’ continued notoriety, the area’s merited exposure is sure to continue.
Famed for his almost archaic painting style which uses palette knives to craft his art, Sir Williams had a style nurtured over the years by several fellowships with esteemed schools and personal experiences with the British Army. After establishing himself as a prominent figure, Williams went on to teach many famous names at Highgate School in London.
Williams’ talent was undeniable during his lifetime with the Welsh painter’s work being lauded through the years and upon his death, close friend and avid collector said, “I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Wales’s foremost ambassador in the visual arts. Long may his memory live on in the legacy of his numerous, wonderful paintings”. A true reflection of his appeal and importance to the art community in Anglesey and Wales itself.
The portfolio set to go under the hammer in Cardiff is as varied as you’d expect with 13 prints, eight watercolours and nine oil paintings likely to garner a lot of attention. The marquee piece is Penrhiwiau, a work detailing a farmer and his sheepdog walking out of their home in Snowdonia which is expected to receive between £28,000 and £35,000 at auction this month.
Situated in the Roger Jones saleroom, Sir Williams’ work will be available to buy along with 330 other artworks by Welsh artists – expect it to feature much inspiration from the gentle man from Anglesey.
A video showcasing Kyffin’s wonderful work. Youtube: BBC