CREATIVE Shani Rhys James featuring a poem by Jasmine Donahaye

NWR Issue 101

Wallpaper Samples from The Rivalry of Flowers

Shani Rhys James, who turned sixty this summer, is one of Britain’s landmark figurative painters, particularly in terms of autobiographical art. She has won many prestigious awards for painting, including the Jerwood Painting Prize 2003 and the Gold Medal at the National Eisteddfod in 1992; she was awarded an MBE for services to Welsh art in 2006. Her work is featured in many public collections. Her new paintings on a large scale are displayed in the exhibition The Rivalry of Flowers, showing at Aberystwyth Arts Centre between 6 November 2013 and 11 January 2014. The Rivalry of Flowers, previewed here, takes its title from a poem written by Michael Glover in response to the artist’s painting, ‘Yellow Wallpaper II’. This touring exhibition, initiated by Aberystwyth Arts Centre in collaboration with Connaught Brown Fine Art, was launched at Kings Place, London. Shani Rhys James’ experimental multi-media installation, ‘Florilingua’, in collaboration with poets Jasmine Donahaye, Amy Wack, Menna Elfyn, Pele Cox and others, premieres at the Aberystwyth exhibition...

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