Luned Rhys Parri – Cymru Geoff Charles
This exhibition of new work by Luned Rhys Parri celebrates the invaluable record of life in Wales created by the photojournalist Geoff Charles (1909-2002).
Luned Rhys Parri is a professional artist and lives at Y Groeslon, near Caernarfon. She exhibits regularly at the Plas.
These highly collectable new works by Luned appear at a time when Welsh society is beset by ominous uncertainty. In such circumstances, the figures portrayed with restrained humour here, by an observant and gifted artist, can reassure us and relieve our concerns about the future.
Her message of resilience and continuity is reinforced by the background collages, which include reproductions of photographs by the late Geoff Charles. People in their homes, or going about their business today, contrast with an earlier generation of Welsh people who, despite everything, survived to inspire us.
Luned is enchanted by the photographs which capture the way of life in Wales, especially the characters, events and milestones recorded by the photojournalist Geoff Charles.
Through mixed and simple materials such as cardboard, paper, wire and foil combined with strong colours, Luned creates lively characters which reminds us of life in Wales during the 1940s, 50s, 60s and 70s. Geoff Charles’ photographs and newspaper cuttings in the background fires the imagination and sparks discussion.
Luned is interested in people, their homes, their environment, and their interaction with each other, she said:
“Geoff Charles also certainly knows his people, and his photographs always inspire me to think about the characters portrayed, their circumstances and their feelings. I can only hope that my creations will inspire people to look in detail at the outstanding camera work of Geoff Charles.”
Special thanks to the National Library of Wales for their co-operation with the Geoff Charles Collection.
Luned's exhibition, which is part of the Spring Exhibitions 2019, will continue until May 12th, 2019.
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