Brecon’s newly redeveloped museum, y Gaer hosts a major exhibition of the Welsh artist Roger Cecil who died in 2015.
In the last six years the artist’s estate has worked with galleries around Wales to hold nine highly successful exhibitions: in Cardiff, Machynlleth, Cwmbran, Conwy, Crickhowell, Carmarthen and Hay-on-Wye. This tenth exhibition at Brecon will be the last for the foreseeable future.
Some 70 paintings and drawings are on show, ranging from postcard-sized to six-feet high, most of them never seen publicly before. The retrospective looks back over Roger Cecil’s career from his first experiments after leaving art college in 1963 to his final works.
During his lifetime Roger Cecil’s work was little-known except by insightful collectors and fellow painters, but he is widely recognised now as one of the most remarkable artists Wales has produced. Born in 1942 in the mining town of Abertillery, he lived and worked in the same terraced house throughout his life. Many of his pictures evoked the scars of his valley and the grandeur of nature on the mountainsides where he walked, often as far as the Brecon Beacons.
The artist Mary Lloyd Jones said "I would rate him as one of the best painters in Britain, or even anywhere."