Denys Short ‘Denys O’r Dinas’
I have now been working for 70 years+ in a variety of ways and directions and have recently returned to a first love.
I spent the 50’s & 60’s working from the drawings I made up and down the industrial valleys of S. Wales when there was no hint that that great industry and way of life would be gone by the end of the century.
The resulting paintings and constructions were exhibited widely with the Royal Academy, John Moores, The National Eisteddfod,(Gold Medal) British Council etc, and with solo exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery Lawn, Hyde Park, Oriel Cardiff and the National Library Aberystwyth. Some are in the National Museum in Cardiff.
During those years I became a visiting lecturer in three London Art Colleges, Croydon, Hornsey & Goldsmiths.
We moved permanently to my wife’s homeland in Pembrokeshire in the 80’s, and my time went working on large 3D structures, and becoming involved in the work of the Welsh Sculpture Trust (Cywaith Cymru). This was an organization set up to encourage the promotion of environmentally sensitive public art in Wales, and for a while I was the vice chairman.
I was personally involved in the development of the Children’s Literature site at Plas Glynllifon N.Wales and on the initial stages of the Garden Festival site at Ebbw Vale. I deigned a Maze and Obelisk for the Festival itself and had commissions from the Woodland Trust, Cardiff Bay Development Tregwynt Mill, Fishguard and Dulwich Park in London.
After some 20 year, tiring of pushing large objects around fields I returned to paint, curious to see if I could create some of the buzz I get looking at Welsh & American quilts, in paint.
The results have been exhibited in the National Library Aberystwyth, the International Quilt Festival Birmingham, Oriel Q. Narberth. The Quilt Centre Llampeter and elsewhere.
About this time I was received into Gorsedd of Bards with the name Denys o’r Dinas which seemed a good way to sign the quilt paintings.
Recently I went through the working drawings and photographs from my Rhondda past, now kept in the National Library, and found some which I had not previously used and thought had possibilities. So I have been creating lost landscapes from these old accumulated images in a way that is strange to me.