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Mike Carter, Dai David, Karl Davies, Paul Weston

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The Albany Gallery

74B Albany Road

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CF24 3RS

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From light gleaming through a chapel window to the sun blazing on a south Wales beach, the four artists in this exhibition capture some of Wales’ most enchanting moments and magical scenery, creating a diverse and inspiring snapshot of Wales in all its moods and seasons.

Cardiff-based painter Mike Carter, who was one of three artists featured in the BBC2 programme about the RA Summer Exhibition last year, captures the moodier side of the Welsh landscape. He is fascinated with the point where the land meets the sea. Inspired by energetic and expressive painters such as Kurt Jackson, he combines different materials through a layering process such as charcoal, chalk, sawdust, PVA, black ink, acrylic and oil paint to create a range of effects and marks.

In contrast, valleys-based painter Karl Davies turns his attention inland, capturing a world of lonely farmhouses, mining villages and moonlit walks. He uses a mixture of deliberate and intuitive brush marks in each composition and prepares numerous sketches before beginning a painting. Recently he has begun to explore more complicated compositions including architecture and figures and he aims to capture atmospheres and the seasons.

Dai David, who lives near Craig Y Nos in the Swansea Valley, loves the Welsh shoreline in summer. His sun-drenched paintings capture families at play, beachcombers and boats – although he is also known for his depictions of the green, rugged grandeur of the Brecon Beacons. He aims to express the ephemeral beauty and wonderful nature of light, whether it be an intimate, solitary portrait, a joyous group study, or sun-kissed landscape, it is the actual light falling upon the subject that inspires him to paint.

Cwmbran-based painter Paul Weston has a similar scope, creating evocative, sunny seascapes and sweeping views of the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountains. He also paints Wales’ post-industrial scenery around Blaenafon and the eastern valleys of Gwent, and ventures into Cardiff to paint city scenes. His watercolours concentrate on fine detailed brushwork, capturing accurate scenes of the hills, valleys, countryside and coastline. His oil paintings are much looser, painted quickly with a greater freedom, whilst retaining elements of detail and they are painted on the spot whenever possible.

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