Gwyn Williams: Chipwood and Choppers
Art in the Bar
Gwyn Williams’ new series of work is based on his dreams and interest in the old American way of life.
Williams searches internet auction sites for photographs and archive images that depict archetypal scenes of Americana: men and women dressed up as cowboys in a summer fair; a couple sat in a canoe on a vast blue lake surrounded by pine trees; snapshots that appear to have been taken directly from a family holiday.
Unedited and untouched, Williams juxtaposes these strangely nostalgic images with sections of chipwood wallpaper, a material which, for him, evokes memories of his childhood home in North Wales and days spent fantasising about the ‘American Dream’
Gwyn Williams lives and works in Clwt-y-bont near Caernarfon. Recent exhibitions include, ‘The scent of Dic Aberdaron’, Oriel Davies, Newtown (2015); ‘Y Lle Gelf’, National Eisteddfod of Wales; ‘Oriel Davies Open’, Oriel Davies, Newtown (both 2014); ‘Pebbledash and Polaroids’, Hackney Picturehouse, London; MOSTYN Open 18, MOSTYN, Llandudno (both 2013)