Mary Lloyd Jones RCA FLSW b.1934
Mary Lloyd Jones is one of Wales’ most popular and established artists. She was born in Devil’s Bridge in 1934, and trained at Cardiff College of Art. She is inspired by the Welsh landscape, and in particular, the man-made marks on that landscape, and her bold expressionist paintings are noted for their use of vibrant and rich colour.
Mary says of her work: "My aim is that my work should reflect my relationship with the land, an awareness of history, and the treasures of our literary and oral traditions. I search for devices that will enable me to create multilayered images. This has led to my involvement with the beginnings of language, early man-made marks and the Ogham and Bardic alphabets".
She has exhibited her work regularly since the mid-1960s in Wales, other parts of the UK and internationally. She was one of three artists selected to take part in a touring exhibition of four cities in China in the spring of 2009, and was also invited to take part in the Wales' Smithsonian Festival in Washington DC in the summer of 2009.
Mary is an Honorary Fellow of Trinity College, Carmarthen and University of Aberystwyth, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Wales, Cardiff. She is a Fellow of the Learned Society of Wales. As an Artist-in-Residence she has worked for periods in Scotland, Ireland, United States, India, Italy, Spain and France.
National Museum and Galleries of Wales
National Library of Wales
Contemporary Art Society for Wales
Arts Council of Wales
Derek Williams Trust
Government Art Collection
Oriel Ynys Mon
Clwyd County Council
Crawford Museum & Gallery, Cork, Ireland
University College of Wales, Lampeter
Alquin College, York University
Bangor Normal College
Wrexham Arts Centre
Dyfed County Council
Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland
Highland Regional Council
Ceredigion District Council
The Cardiff Arena/World Trade Centre
Green Mountain College, Vermont
Cite Di Adria Collection
United Nations New York, British Ambassador’s Residence
Smithsonian, Washington DC
Private collections worldwide