It’s been a while since I have blogged, mainly because life got in the way (in some good ways and some bad ways). This week I went to the Martin Tinney gallery in Cardiff to see the Gawain and the Green Knight exhibition by Clive Hicks-Jenkins. I’ve been following Clive’s blog for about a year now, on the recommendation of a friend, and have been enjoying hearing about the way he works, his inspirations, and techniques. When he announced an exhibition at a gallery I pass on the train on the way to and from work every day, I knew I had to go and see it. The gallery backs on to a road next to the railway line, and most mornings when the trains are slightly delayed, or waiting platform clearance at Queen St, the train sits with a clear view of the back of the gallery where one piece is displayed (presumably from the most current exhibition). My husband and I enjoy peering from the train to see what is on disply, but have always felt slightly intimidated about going in the gallery. However, with the Hicks-Jenkins exhibition on we made sure we went to see it, and actually found the people running the gallery to be very friendly and welcoming; I will certainly return to see other exhibitions.
As for Gawain and the Green Knight, well, we were immensely pleased we had made the effort. Having seen some of them on the blog, they felt like old friends. I found them slightly larger than I had expected (although my husband said they were just how he had imagined them). They were vibrant, and stunning, and fabulous; I look forward to the completed project and book.