Monday, April 15, 2013

Artist Dan Llywelyn Hall: Vantage Point, An Exhibition of Works


presents an exhibition of works by




Vantage Point


Gallery Petit, Chelsea, London

21 March - 19 April





This unique exhibition will showcase landscape paintings by renowned Welsh artist Dan

Llywelyn Hall, accompanied by previously unseen studies for his recent portrait of Her

Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II. The show is in conjunction with the anticipated Cardiff

unveiling of the artist’s portrait of the Queen, commissioned by the Welsh Rugby Union.


Dan Llywelyn Hall graduated from the University of Westminster in 2003 and in the same year was

awarded The Sunday Times Young Artist of the Year prize. Subsequently, he was shortlisted for

the BP Portrait Award in 2009 and since then has continued to attract collectors from a variety of

museums, public institutions, corporations as well as private individuals. Llywelyn Hall’s portraits of

First World War veterans Henry Allingham and Harry Patch were recently displayed at Windsor

Castle and are now a permanent feature in the Royal Collection. The Cardiff born artist also

currently has work on display at the National Gallery of Wales, the Imperial War Museum (London),

the House of Lords, BT’s corporate collection, Barclays’ corporate collection, the Museum of

Modern Art Wales and the Contemporary Art Society of Wales.

The Queen's Portrait

A portrait of Her Majesty the Queen commissioned by the Welsh Rugby Union has recently been

completed by Llewelyn Hall. Following a sitting with the Queen late last year at Windsor Castle, the

finished portrait is an imposing three-quarter study, painted on a 5ft by 4ft canvass in an

expressionist style. The image is literally larger than life and Llywelyn Hall says he was particularly

keen to reflect the humanity of his subject.

“To have been granted a sitting with Queen is an ambition fulfilled and it has been an enormous

privilege to be asked to create this work,” says Llywelyn Hall. “As anyone who has ever met Her

Majesty will know, it is simply awe inspiring to be in her presence and I wanted to relay that feeling

as well as showing the very human side to the Queen’s personality."

Haunting Landscapes

Dan Llywelyn Hall, Motif on Autumn Sky, 2007, oil on canvas, 76.5 x 61 cm. Courtesy of the artist

Dan Llywelyn Hall. The Caves, 2007, oil on canvas, 50 x 75 cm. Courtesy of the artist.



As well as exploring portraiture, Llewelyn Hall’s work displays his keen interest in landscape

painting. His approach towards landscape painting is a crossover between two great traditions:

boldly painted surfaces combine the Romantics’ attempt to embody human feeling and thought

with the Expressionists’ raw quality of a form, and sense of immediacy. Llywelyn Hall takes the

nostalgic vision of landscape painting and rejuvenates it with a free use of colour. In this way, he

creates a new and authentic genre, making a significant contribution to the recent revival of

landscape painting in Britain. His work owes much to the legacies of William Blake and Samuel

Palmer, along with the Neo- Romantics of the 1940s such as John Piper, Michael Ayrton and

Llywelyn Hall’s compatriot, David Jones. Agitated brushwork and simplified ornaments also expose

the formative influences of Chaim Soutine and Henri Matisse.

‘Landscape creates the theatre, the set, for much more crucial things. Landscape painting these

days has had such a bad press, a stigma – as a genre it’s mistreated by contemporary art. You

can’t really make it ironic, and that’s its drawback for contemporary art galleries...[to me] irony is for

people who haven’t got any backbone, who are afraid of putting their emotions into the work. I

think you’ve got to be very brave if you’re going to make something that is heartfelt and

meaningful, you’ve got to be prepared to put yourself on the line. That’s absolutely essential.’

Dan Llywelyn Hall in conversation with Andrew Lambirth, THE SPECTATOR

Mystical, spiritual and sublime in character, the beauty of Llywelyn Hall’s landscapes evokes in us

a sense of passing time and our own mortality. While the starting point for his images are concrete

locations, Llywelyn Hall confronts the viewer with worlds infused with his own personal response,

shaped by his feelings and moods. As the personal aspect is given a priority over an objective

depiction, the resulting imaginative scenes invite an inward contemplation on the viewer's part.

Lost in the winding paths leading towards the furthermost horizons, a recurring motif in Llywelyn

Hall’s work, the spectator is captivated within the haunting landscapes.

‘Dan Llywelyn Hall follows a tradition which first flourished amid the dreams of the Romantics. He

is part of that visionary lineage of painters for whom landscape became an embodiment of human

feeling [... yet] his paintings work to conjure a fresh, idiosyncratic and fundamentally modern


Rachel Campbell-Johnston, THE TIMES

‘For Llywelyn Hall, certain places seem to have a talismanic quality, a genius loci or 'spirit of a

place'. Before making a painting he usually decides on a location, and then takes photographs.

After that he strips away what he calls ‘evidence’ to leave the raw essence of a form which he

explores through his intense, free use of colour.’


A collection of Llywelyn Hall’s landscape works will be on show, alongside several studies for his

recent portrait of the Queen, at Sandra Higgins’ Gallery Petit in Chelsea. The exhibition will run

from Thursday 21st March to Friday 19th April. The artist will also be giving a talk with his personal

reflections on painting the Queen.

For more information about the exhibition, artist’s talk, or to arrange a viewing by appoin
tment Sandra Higgins at or

Note to Editors
The exhibitions will be accompanied by a catalogue with essays by Rachel Campbell-Johnston

(Chief Art Critic at The Times), Andrew Lambirth (Art Critic for The Spectator) and Sue Hubbard

(Independent Art Critic, writes regularly for The Independent and The New Statesman).

Both exhibitions are curated by Sandra Higgins, an Independent Art Advisor and Curator, Owner of

the Gallery Petit and the Founder of Discover Art Now. To see Sandra’s full profile:

Discover Art Now

Discover Art Now is a programme of events, private receptions, studio visits and talks launched by

Sandra Higgins, an Independent Art Advisor and Curator with over 20 years' experience in the art

world. For further information:

Fact Sheet

Exhibition Title -- Vantage Point

Exhibition Dates -- 21 March - 12 April

Location -- Gallery Petit, Chelsea, London; full address available upon request

Op ening hours -- By appointment only

Admission -- Free, please contact: sandra@sandrahiggins. com

For all enquiries, high resolution images and further information:

Sandra Higgins, Independent Art Advisor and Curator


M: 07721 741 107

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