Kyffin Williams: The Man Who Painted Wales
Kyffin Williams was Wales's best-loved
artist, famous for his brooding mountain landscapes. However, his work was
never fully accepted by either critics or the art establishment, and the man
himself remained an enigma.
Now, in his centenary year, presenter and
painter Josie D'arby goes on the trail of Kyffin Williams both as man and
artist. She visits the beautiful places where he grew up, lived and painted, in
Anglesey, Snowdonia and London. She meets the people who knew him best,
uncovering a personal story of loneliness, stigma and emotional damage. But she
also finds in Kyffin Williams a core of talent, determination and belonging.
Looking again at his art, Josie finds
landscapes, portraits and seascapes that rank with the very best of their kind.
These are not just depictions of the external world but expressions of Kyffin
Williams's own interior life and often troubled emotions. Kyffin's output was
huge, and the quality varied, but the best of his work is world class and
deserves to be celebrated.
The programme includes interviews with Rian
Evans, author of a major new study of Kyffin Williams; photographer and godson
Nicholas Sinclair; and art historian Peter Lord.