New Work – “Cynefin” / “Habitat” – Seren Bell
Monday February 20, 2023
New Work – “Cynefin” / “Habitat”
Private View: Sunday 5th March 2023, 11.00am – 4.00pm
The Exhibition continues until: Saturday 25th March 2023
Known for her beautiful depictions of rural animals, Seren delights in painting in and around the Wye Valley where she lives. This modestly sized piece of Radnorshire with its relatively unseen, old, and forgotten domestic landscape is scattered with old farms, chapels, cottages, all sitting perfectly rooted in the contours of the land.
From the tops, the Wye Valley is laid out in a pattern of fields and woodlands with the majestic shapes of The Black Mountains in the background.
“It is the winter months I love the most. Walking in the early morning or late afternoon you can see the bare bones and details of the land; the lines of the trees against a frosty background and the radiant colours which appear in the sky as the world darkens over cold and bleached fields.”
Fiercely loving animals since she was small, Seren depicts her subjects with simplicity and consideration; giving them a voice that we can recognise and respond to. Loving everything about sheep, Seren has certainly made them her hallmark. Their wise bony faces, bulky fleeces, glamourous markings, and the ewes’ loving, maternal instincts, very much in evidence now with the fields joyously filling up with lambs once more.
There are many stars in this exhibition, ancient pigs, well-mannered hounds, flashy cockerels and geese parading. I particularly like the ewes with their lambs, especially as we approach the Spring. You just want to love them all!