REVIEW by Anne Price-Owen

NWR Issue 101

The Rivalry of Flowers

by Shani Rhys James (with others)

Readers familiar with the work of Shani Rhys James will doubtless welcome her latest book, The Rivalry of Flowers. Her previous, lavishly illustrated The Black Cot (Gomer, 2003) gave us generous insights into her paintings concerning womanhood, many of which comprised her touring exhibition of the same name. Her new publication perpetuates that pattern by complementing her duel exhibitions in London’s Kings Place Gallery (and opening at Aberystwyth Arts Centre this November) and the Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff.

William Packer gives an overview of the work in his Forward, and admires the enviable reputation and awards she has gained, despite being from Wales and peripheral to the London art scene. Edward Lucie-Smith’s contribution places her in the canon of self-portraitists whose art is deeply autobiographical...

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