‘Capel Soar’ by Kyffin Williams
Oil on canvas
20 x 44 inches
Signed with initials (lower right)
I am sure that many of you might have the good fortune to be traveling amongst such scenes as the one above this summer in North Wales.
Capel Soar is one of the most impressive works we have dealt with by Kyffin Williams. Situated in the county of Gwynedd, Capel Soar is believed to be the most remote chapel in Wales. This historic kingdom is one of Wales’ largest and richest regions covering most of the Snowdonia National Park.
Born in 1918, in Llangefni on the Isle of Anglesey Kyffin Williams was brought up in rural Wales surrounded by farmland, with his family having long historic and landowning connections on the island. In fact if it hadn’t been for him being discharged from the army in the early 1940s because of epilepsy he might have never become the most defining welsh artist of the 20th century.
This particular oil is a beautifully balanced composition, demonstrating his highly expressive style, which he managed to create using a palette knife rather than a brush – a technique that distinguished him from his contemporaries.
Previously exhibited in the National Museum of Wales in 1987, this powerful painting is available to view in our gallery in Broadway.
I’ll leave you with his words which sum up his feelings towards his homeland.
‘My Welsh inheritance must always remain a strong force in my work, for it is in Wales that I can paint with the greatest freedom. I have worked in Holland, France, and in Italy and Greece, but in none of these countries have I found the mood that touches the seem of melancholy that is in most Welshmen, a melancholy that derives from the dark hills, the heavy clouds and the enveloping sea mists.’