Phil Alder In The Spotlight

Four Paintings About Four Gardens: Spotlight on Phil Alder

Monday March 5th until Saturday March 31st

Public can meet the artist to talk about his work 10.00 am – 4.00pm 17th March

‘Spotlight’ exhibitions at King Street Gallery bring the work of an individual member’s work together in a specially designated small exhibition room to enable a greater focus on their particular art.

During March the gallery is highlighting 4 abstract paintings by Phil Alder about the experience of gardens.

A recurring theme of Phil Alder’s painting since the 1970’s has been domestic and productive gardens and orchards. In this ‘spotlight’ exhibition he will be showing four paintings recreating the experience of being in four different gardens.

He writes. ‘My watercolour paintings have, over time, been well collected in Wales. My studio paintings by contrast mainly sell into America and southern England although I have a handful of collectors for them here in south west Wales. By bringing these four paintings together however I’m hoping this spotlight show will help a greater appreciation in the south west of my style, working methods and what I’m achieving. It’s important for an artist to have an audience where they live.

‘These are abstract paintings all completed in different years that take as their starting point four different leisure gardens. They are less ‘of’ the garden but more ‘about’ recapturing the experience of being in these gardens at a particular time. They are a kind of visual metaphor. The problem in painting ‘realistically’ is that the more ‘photographic’ your painting the less you can emphasise other aspects of the experience such as excitement, delight in a profusion of textures and colours, insects, birds and breeze creating small movements; it becomes difficult to emphasise the visual poetry.’

Phil Alder has lived and worked in Carmarthen since 1975. He is an artist, former museum officer, exhibitions and literature officer, lecturer and arts manager; former Chair of King Street Gallery and member of the Tywi Gateway Trust restoring the old Bishop’s Palace Gardens at Abergwili Museum and has sat externally on Faculty Boards at the University Wales, Trinity St. David

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