CHRIS NEALE ORIGINAL ARTWORK
All originals listed here are framed and ready to hang unless stated otherwise. Most of them are on display at various galleries in Wales and customers would need to contact them directly. The pastel paintings are framed behind glass, the acrylics without and so less problematic to ship. The picture of the framed artwork shows the framing style I have developed to compliment the images.
Looking down the beautiful Dysynni valley towards Craig-yr-Aderyn (or Bird Rock) from above Castell-y-Bere, once a Welsh stronghold of Llywelyn the Great. The sea once flooded this low lying valley but despite having receded many years ago seabirds still inhabit the crag, now left landlocked. This painting is at Ffin-y-Parc gallery, Llanrwst.
Acrylic on board, image size 51 x 44cm.
Looking towards Cnicht from the old miner’s track to Croesor. This painting is currently at Ffin-y-Parc gallery, Llanrwst.
Acrylic on board, image size 35 x 28cm.
Pastel painting. This resulted from a long drawn out sequence of events and explorations. I finally ended up walking around the edge of a wood and knew this composition would work when I saw it. The house, sat beneath Cadair seemed timeless and everything around was stone, oak and steel. I needed to pare down the information, the colour and move a couple of elements to make it work. Currently on display at the Golden Sheaf Gallery, Narberth.
Pastel on board, image size 41 x 33cm.
Pastel painting. I fell in love with Cwm Bychan many years ago when I designed a book for the then Nature Conservancy Council and I saw a photograph. I had to go there. Over the years I’ve been there many times with friends and camping with my children and found it the source of much inspiration. The sound of the cuckoo is often heard bouncing around the oaks.
Pastel on board, image size 46 x 28cm.
Pastel painting. Near Dinas Mawddwy, Cwm Cywarch is a beautiful valley, the road winds its way through wood and farmland up to the distinctive crags at its head. My love of foreshortened curves shows in this painting with its well kept hedgerows bordering the lane as it twists and turns. Currently on display at the Lion Street Gallery, Hay-on-Wye.
Pastel on board, image size 44 x 37cm.
An old slate quarrying community near Llanberis, along the contour of the hill can be found a line of ruined smallholdings. The waste slate tips and the decay of the houses and walls feels very melancholy. A sense of past life hangs heavy in the air and I have tried to capture that in this painting.
Pastel on board, image size 51 x 34cm.
Acrylic painting. As I was driving up through Islaw’r Dref to the north of Cadair Idris this composition caught my eye looking over the Mawddach estuary to Diffwys in the north. The ’T’ shape made by the stone walls points like an arrow at the mountain and the trees either side block the eye from heading the wrong way. Currently on display at Ffin y Parc, Llanrwst.
Acrylic on board, image size 53 x 25cm.
Acrylic painting. Heading into the mountains from Llanfair after light snowfall, I noticed this farm set against the dramatic backdrop of Foel Wen. From this viewpoint it seemed to be tucked in from the cold with just the winter trees adding some warmth to this winter landscape. Currently on display at Ffin y Parc, Llanrwst.
Acrylic on board, image size 39 x 37cm.
A beautiful big sandy beach in south Pembrokeshire with some great geology as its sedimentary rocks are turned through almost ninety degrees. All of the elements slanting to the right give a sense of movement as if the viewer is being carried briskly through the image on the prevailing winds. This painting is currently at the Golden Sheaf Gallery, Narberth.
Acrylic on board, image size 33 x 33cm.
This narrow winding lane leads south down into the Machno tributary of Afon Conwy. I loved the sense of expectation as it reached the brow of the hill and the dappled sunlight breaking through the trees. I pared the colour palette down to a minimum and simplified the mass of information to reveal the basic structure. This painting is currently at Ffin y Parc Gallery, Llanrwst.
Pastel on board, image size 34 x 30cm.
Looking over to Garn Fawr in north Pembrokeshire with Pwll Deri below. The cliffs are very dramatic in scale here and dwarf the small cottage sat below the outcrop in the background. It is a breathtaking place and I have sought to capture the scale, drama and raw emotion of being on the edge. This painting is currently at the Lion Street Gallery, Hay-on-Wye.
Pastel on board, image size 40 x 36cm.
Looking north on the coast path between Fishguard and Newport during July. Acrylic on board. This painting is currently at Oriel Newport, Pembrokeshire.
Acrylic on board, image size 39 x 39cm.
This charming little cottage is tucked away at the end of a track near a large neolithic standing stone in Pembrokeshire. I was struck by the burnt orange door set against the dark green pine trees. I simplified the colour and the composition and moved a few elements around to create this image. This painting is currently at the Goat Street Gallery, St Davids.
Pastel on board, image size 41 x 30cm.
CARNEDD MEIBION OWEN
The outcrops of Carnedd Meibion Owen stand east of Carn Ingli near Newport, Pembrokeshire. They stand above Ty Canol woodland which covers an old hill fort and the whole area is steeped in pre-history with a powerful sense of place. Pentre Ifan burial chamber is very near. The image attempts to capture that sense of mystery with the timeless rocks stark against a dark skyline and ancient field boundaries crossing the foreground. This painting is currently at Oriel Newport, Pembrokeshire.
Acrylic on board, image size 44 x 32cm.
PEN YR OLE WEN
Looking west from above Capel Curig this view follows the gap in the mountains through the Ogwen valley. Mountain pasture in the foreground gives way to woodland and onto the steep rocky slopes beyond with Pen yr Ole Wen in the distance.
Pastel on board, image size 33 x 42cm.
Looking west from above Capel Curig. The boulders are glacial remnants scattered across the ffridd (mountain pasture) offering a dramatic foreground looking onto Y Lliwedd in the far distance. Two ravens dance around in the middle distance.
Pastel on board, image size 35 x 30cm.
Looking towards the Moelwyns from one of the beaches between Both-y-Gest and Black Rock sands. The interwoven strips of land and sea make an interesting composition and the incoming tide gives movement to the foreground. This painting is currently at Ffin y Parc Gallery, Llanrwst.
Acrylic on board, image size 42 x 37cm.
Broad Haven South in Pembrokeshire, owned by the National Trust is a real gem of a beach with Church Rock visible at low tide. This painting is currently at the Golden Sheaf Gallery, Narberth.
Acrylic on board, image size 40 x 37cm.