Every so often, work by a young artist from north Wales will come to the fore that we can't help admiring and Lisa Eurgain Taylor's striking paintings easily fall into that category. After following an Art Foundation Course at Coleg Menai, where she was encouraged to paint by tutors including the artist Iwan Gwyn Parry, she went on to Wimbledon College of Art to follow a BA Fine Art Painting course and graduated in 2013.
There is a duality in her work that is based on the mountains of Snowdonia. They appear beautiful in quite a gentle way, with many of the mountains wearing a mantel of pastel colours which give a softness to the view, but by taking a closer look, and reading Lisa's statement, we come to see and learn about the serious considerations that is at the core of the work.
"Influenced by Welsh bards, I explore the belief that we spiritually join our ancestors when we die, and that we infinitely connect with the everlasting landscape. Caradog Prichard's reference to his mother in his novel 'Un Nos Ola Leuad' (One Moonlit Night) also inspired me. He describes her as a metaphor of the "Queen of Snowdon": "I lie upon the bed of my ascension, eternally expectant, forever great with child... My thighs embrace the swirling mists and my breasts caress the low-lying clouds." This prompted me to take the shapes and lines of the human form to unfold abstract, spiritual and hazy landscapes with an anthropomorphic element to them."
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