Art in the Mansion ~ Andrew Douglas-Forbes’ summer exhibtion
June 30 - July 6
Following a successful exhibition at the New York Botanical Garden, world renowned Welsh artist Andrew Douglas-Forbes is to exhibit his latest collection of work at Aberglasney Gardens in Carmarthenshire. A special preview evening will be held on Friday June 29th from 6.30pm (when admission to Aberglasney will complimentary) after which the exhibition will be open daily in the Mansion House up until Thursday July 5th.
For this solo exhibition Andrew has taken inspiration from the landscapes that surround his west Wales home as well as from Aberglasney itself, having spent many weeks working in the Gardens. Speaking ahead of the preview evening he said: “I’m so fortunate to have Aberglasney on my doorstep. It’s a wonderful location in which to paint as well as providing me with so much material to paint from.”
Andrew grew up on Gower and after training in London as a singer he lived and sang professionally in Italy for six years. He has since returned to Wales and settled in Llandeilo. His career as an artist began when he was a teenager and has run alongside his singing career ever since.
Famous for his atmospheric Welsh townscapes and cottages, Andrew works primarily from sketches drawn on the spot, paying particular attention to the architectural details of buildings. His precise fineline pencil work is then translated into almost abstract paintings in his studio; for this exhibition this has been in the Mansion House at Aberglasney.
He has also drawn from his own collection of antiques and artefacts for interior paintings which will feature some of Aberglasney’s rare flora and fauna collected by Andrew from the Gardens. These same antiques will be used to dress the historic Mansion House for the exhibition.
Andrew says in many ways he’s been Aberglasney’s un-official ‘artist in residence’: “The unrestored upper floors of the Mansion House have provided me with a wonderful space in which to paint while the Gardens have offered so much. I’ve also been sketching in the nearby village of Llangathen which has some fantastic old buildings. For the first time in quite a while I’ve also produced paintings of Llandeilo’s most iconic views including of course Bridge Street and its colourful houses.”