Kyffin in Venice

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What happens when Wales's best-loved artist journeys to the world's most evocative city? This stunning ensemble of paintings, drawings, words and photographs gives us a lively and refreshing look at the work of Sir Kyffin Williams, far removed from his beloved and usual territory, north Wales. Venice has exerted a magnetic pull on Kyffin over the years as the paintings in this book show. Since the artist's first visit in 1958 to the adventure of 2004 in the company of Wales's premier PR guru, David Meredith, the city has inspired Kyffin to create in many media: oil, watercolor, drawings and even cartoons. In a conversation that wanders from Anglesey to Venice, from Rembrandt to Graham Sutherland and from the origins of perspective to the quirks of modern art, the two old friends put the world of art, and the world at large, to rights.


David Meredith is the author of Kyffin in Venice and Kyffin Williams: His Life, His Land and co-author of Obsessed: The Biography of Kyffin Williams with John Smith. His autobiographical volume Pwy Fase'n Meddwl was also published by Gomer in 2002. As Head of Press and PR at HTV and S4C, David Meredith worked with Sir Kyffin on several artistic projects. He was the first Fellow of BAFTA Cymru and received a Royal Television Society award for his contribution to broadcasting in Wales. He lives in North Wales in the old county of Meirionnydd.