Born in Treherbert in the Rhondda 90 years ago, Charles Burton has established himself as one of Wales’ most loved painters. The stark dark brooding vistas of the mining valleys and the deprivation and hardship stoically endured by their inhabitants had a powerful effect on the emerging talent of this young artist. He flourished in the Cardiff School of Art and at the age of only 24, won a Gold Medal at the National Eisteddfod of Wales Later, he attended the Royal College of Art making a name for himself as one of the more interesting artists of his time. Winning a travelling scholarship allowed to sample the wider world and , a born teacher, he was a lecturer at Liverpool College of Art before becoming Head of Fine Art at South Glamorgan Institute of Education. His painting , mainly figurative, has moved through various phases with occasional forays into abstraction while his valley background continues to inform his work. Perhaps it is this quality of ‘home’ that makes his work so accessible and loved by so many of us.
One of the foremost commentators and authorities on Welsh Art at the present time is the curator and writer Peter Wakelin. He has published widely, his articles appearing in prestigious magazines and newspapers. His books ,often on themes of Welsh artists and history have secured his place as an expert on the Welsh art scene. At the 80th anniversary of the Contemporary Art Society of Wales he curated a highly successful touring exhibition retrospective of Welsh Art. He is the President of CASW. Judith Foy