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Rob Piercy’s Landscapes back at Oriel Môn

PROMINENT Landscape artist Rob Piercy has always been a firm favourite with our audience at Oriel Môn and we are delighted to welcome him back this year with a major solo exhibition ‘Spirit of Place’, which presents some of his best breath-taking landscapes of North Wales.

Rob Piercy has been painting professionally since the early eighties. He trained as an art teacher and taught until 1990 when he decided to give up his teaching role and concentrate solely on his painting. A brave move considering that at the time he and Enid, his wife, were bringing up a young family, paying a mortgage and at that time his now well-established gallery was still unfinished!

Previously a member of the Alpine Club of Great Britain, Rob is an experienced mountaineer having climbed throughout the UK and Europe. Naturally his favourite subject matter are the mountains, particularly his native Snowdonia.

Rob states: “I still love the hills and mountains but regretfully Crib Goch is beyond me these days, but I’m grateful to be able to negotiate my way up the lower summits. Landscapes come in all forms and here in Wales we are blessed with a magnificent landscape encapsulating not only the mountains but a spectacular coastline, bleak and lonely moorland, stunning lakes and valleys and beautiful villages. Enough to keep an ageing artist happy for many years.”

Rob has exhibited his work in several prestigious competitions throughout the UK, most notably in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition where his work has been regularly accepted for exhibition.  In the year 2000 he was shortlisted for the celebrated Garrick/Milne Art Prize worth £20,000 to the winner.  Two years later he became Welsh Artist of the Year, and in 2008 he published his first book – ‘The Snowdonia Collection’. There followed two more books, in 2012 ‘Portmerion – An Artist’s Perspective’ and ‘Cwm Idwal’ in 2021.

Nicola Gibson, Visitor Experience Manager, Oriel Môn stated “These days, Rob’s work is mainly exhibited within his own gallery in Porthmadog, therefore it is a great honour and privilege for us to be able to show his stunning paintings here at the Oriel.  For lovers of landscapes, this exhibition is one not to be missed this year”.

‘Spirit of Place’ starts on the 15th of June and can be viewed at Oriel Môn until the 28th of July. 

Oriel Môn is open Tuesday to Sunday, 10.00am to 5.00pm and admission is free.  For further information please contact, 01248 724444 or visit here.