Gallery of paintings: Dilwyn Roberts

Llunwyr Lluniau ~ The Picturemakers: a collective of artists working in mid-Wales.


Dilwyn Roberts

artist's photo

Born and brought up in Montgomeryshire, I have always enjoyed drawing but tended not to paint. I studied art at 'A' level and went on to train as an architect and now have my own practice in Aberystwyth. The opportunity to start painting came from attending a short course on Abstracting the Landscape held at Gregynog near Newtown and organised by the University of Wales Aberyswyth.

My aim for now is simply is to produce art that is attractive to the audience and gives them a sense of being there with the subject. It is important that it creates a positive feeling but also makes them think and speculate about the subject. I feel that I am on a journey and enjoying a freedom that the disciplined world of architecture doesn't allow. Essentially my work should, if not now, then as soon as possible, create some emotion and I am attracted to the notion of engaging with the observer in a puzzle or game in which the observer might wish to play. A successful painting would be one that works on different levels and can contain some enigmatic element that will allow or encourage the observer to imagine, with the opportunity for speculation and imagination.

My preference for now is to express my art in a semi-abstract form and the opportunity exists with landscape to take on ecological issues and put forward suggestions regarding, for example, the rights or wrongs of imposing wind turbines on the landscape. They are, without doubt, devices to take pictorial advantage of, and their cruciform shape provides obvious crucifixion comparison.

I seek the shapes and juxtapositions that others don’t see and hope to bring them to the fore – to provide the surprise and grab attention and then have the opportunity to hold a dialogue with the observer. As a schoolboy I spent much time copying the work of bird illustrator Raymond Harris Ching, whose illustrations then for the Book of British Birds were, for me, by far the most striking around and few have compared since then. I see the opportunity of introducing these into landscape with opportunities for metaphor and superb abstract shapes of wings, beaks, and claws as well as the striking colour flashes of feathers used for disguise, recognition, camouflage and aggression.

I see the opportunity to be involved with The Picturemakers as the beginning of a long and pleasant journey.