Ken Elias – Artist – Now and Then – 2nd November 2019

Posted on Feb 24, 2016


Born in Glynneath, 1944, Ken Elias is a leading exponent of the Pop Art movement. As for many growing up in the Welsh Valleys in the 40s and 50s, the cinema was an important window into another world of excitement and imagination and this dramatically influenced his work. His strong, hard-edged images are created with acrylic paint, mixed media and photo montage and widely exhibited in Wales and internationally from Europe  to the USA. In 2009 a retrospective touring exhibition of Ken’s work was launched by The National Library of Wales. At the same time his book ‘Ken Elias: Thin Partitions’ was published.
Ken Elias started on his artistic career in 1965 on the Foundation Course at Cardiff College of Art followed by Newport College of Art and Design where he obtained a B.A. After a PGCE at University College, Cardiff in 1987 he obtained an M.A.Fine Art at UWIC, Cardiff. He has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years from the Welsh Arts Council, Wales Open and Prize Winner The Watercolour Society of Wales Open.
He is a member of The Welsh Group, Royal Cambrian Society and 56 Group Wales.
Ken Elias continues to be one of our most exciting artists. His arresting images firmly embedded in and derived from a disappearing Valley life still find a resonance with audiences today.