Sir Kyffin Williams signed prints and originals

Was a Welsh landscape painter who lived at Pwllfanogl, Llanfairpwll, on the Island of Anglesey. Williams is widely regarded as the defining artist of Wales during the 20th century. Despite academic difficulties, (he was told initially by his tutor that he couldn’t draw) Williams enrolled at London’s Slade School of Fine Art in 1941 (then relocated in Oxford). When he finished his 3 years there he left with the Slade Portrait Prize. He then achieved his then ambition which was to teach art and taught at Highgate School, London, where he was senior art master from 1944 until 1973. His pupils included the historian Sir Martin Gilbert, Royal Academicians Anthony Green and Patrick Procktor and composers John Tavener and John Rutter. In 1968 he won a scholarship (Winston Churchill Fellowship) to study and paint in Y Wladfa; the Welsh settlement in Patagonia. However Wales never left his consciousness or imagination, as he would return home in holidays, take his study sketches back to London and complete his canvasses. Williams particular technique was applying thick oil paint with a palette knife. Williams was predominately a landscape painter however he also was an accomplished portraitist and something of a cartoonist. Williams paintings basically divide into three subjects Venice, Patagonia and by far the largest section Wales. In 1968 he won a scholarship that took him to the Welsh community in Patagonia, South America. This added a significant body of work to his oeuvre, (nearly 50 Patagonia paintings) and the light in Patagonia, radically changed his palette. On retiring from Highgate school Williams returned to Anglesey and spent the next 30 years, painting, promoting Welsh schools of Art and Welsh art in general. Never having married Williams died, without heirs, on 1 September 2006, aged 88, at a nursing home in Anglesey. He had been suffering from lung cancer, believed to be a result of working with lead-based paints. Williams was buried at St Mary’s Church, Llanfair-yng-Nghornwy. Paying tribute to Williams after his death, bass-baritone singer and Williams collector Bryn Terfel said, “I’m deeply saddened by the passing of Wales’s foremost ambassador in the visual arts. Long may his memory live on in the legacy of his numerous, wonderful paintings.” In 1949 Williams had his first one-man-show at a private gallery in London. His first Patagonia exhibition took place in 1971. Later in 2006, the Welsh singer and Manic Street Preachers frontman James Dean Bradfield included a track called “Which Way to Kyffin”, dedicated to Williams, on his album The Great Western.

Sir Kyffin Williams - Bebb Fine Art - Signed Prints and Originals