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Ceri Pritchard


Ceri Pritchard was born in 1954. He enrolled in the Liverpool School of Art in 1972 specializing in sculpture. After receiving his BA in Fine Arts in 1976 he continued working at the same school on a scholarship. He moved to London in 1978 where he enrolled at Saint Martin’s School of Art and continued to sculpt. In 1980 he moved to France where his work changed radically from three dimensional to two dimensional and he became a painter. Collage and photocopies were the starting point for Pritchard’s new works which debuted in 1986 at the Jon Gerstad Gallery in New York. The following year he returned to Brittany where he created a series of experimental videos. Pritchard arrived in San Miguel de Allende, México, in 2008. His paintings have been exhibited in galleries in San Miguel de Allende,México D. F. and Oaxaca de Juárez. Ceri sees his recent return to his homeland as the completion of a circle, “Returning to Wales has made me very much aware of the cyclic aspect of life. I have always been aware of art as a “spiritual barometer”. “In many ways I feel the same here as I do in Mexico…My inner world is the same. What changes is the feeling of being ‘home’ again and not a stranger in a foreign land.” Ceri Pritchard is the eldest son of Welsh artists Gwilym Prichard and Claudia Williams. “Growing up in an artistic environment with well-known painter parents has given me a sense of the importance of ‘doing’ and ‘working’. The challenge of creativity is always for me rewarded by the element of surprise.” I work to make paintings that change one’s visual perception, that produce wonder and anxiety at the same time.

“My paintings are aesthetic explorations of both the psychological and sociological realms. The influences are both eclectic and generic.
My work reflects a constantly changing life. Each country and place leaves and indelible mark, and a continualy accumulating wealth of new and diverse influences and experiences.
I have always thought of painting as a way of exploring inner space, rather than just re creating and projecting the world we see onto canvas. It is by stimulating and exciting our retinal receptors in our brains that new sensations are realised. I am not completly disatisfied my the majority of ‘art’ we see around us but I am suprised that painting is not investigated and explored more for this uncharted potential, rather than rest on the safer ground of the hollow and decorative. I am pulled along by the undoubting belief that painting is far more than just a two dimensional image. It is also the feeling felt by the onlooker resulting from the psyco psycotic effects of shape and colour. In the same way that music and poetry do not have a true ‘meaning’ but create in the mind a sensation that transends logic and reason. It is this aim that I have”

  • by Ceri Pritchard
  • by Ceri Pritchard
  • by Ceri Pritchard
  • by Ceri Pritchard

 

 

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