Clive Hicks-Jenkins RCA b.1951
Robert Macdonald has called Clive Hicks-Jenkins 'one of the most powerful figurative painters in Wales’. He has shown at the Martin Tinney Gallery since 1997. Born in Newport in 1951, he worked for 25 years as a choreographer and theatre director before concentrating full-time on painting. His work has now been acquired by all the principal public collections in Wales and his artist’s books (including the first illustrated edition of Peter Shaffer’s Equus) are in libraries worldwide. He has had solo exhibitions at Newport Museum & Art Gallery, Brecknock Museum, the Museum of Modern Art Wales and Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford. A major retrospective of his work was held at the National Library of Wales in 2011.
Hicks-Jenkins has won the Gulbenkian Welsh Art Prize and a Creative Wales Award and is a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy, the Welsh Group and 56 Group Wales. He became an Honorary Fellow of Aberystwyth University in 2004. Nicholas Usherwood in Galleries magazine has described his work as ‘reflective, expressive painting of the highest order’.
The artist says of his recent work: "Kevin sheltering the nesting blackbird in his cupped hand, the blind Herve calming the wolf, Francis entreating the birds to silence and Gabriel bringing staggering news: in each of these stories a moment of epiphany is triggered by touch. Seamus Heaney’s poem ‘Saint Kevin and the Blackbird’ was where I started. The inspiration for these paintings came from his beautiful words".
National Museum & Galleries of Wales
National Library of Wales
Pallant House Art Gallery, Chichester
Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea
Newport Museum & Art Gallery
Museum of Modern Art Wales, Machynlleth
Contemporary Art Society for Wales
Nevill Hall Hospital, Abergavenny
Brecknock Art Trust
University of Glamorgan Art Collection
The Theatre Museum, Covent Garden
Private collections in Britain, mainland Europe and USA