Clair de Lune - Ceri Richards

Ceri Richards (1903 - 1971)

Ceri Richards is acknowledged as Wales’ most important artist of the mid-twentieth century. Born in Dunvant, near Swansea, in 1903, he studied at Swansea School of Art, before winning a scholarship to the Royal College of Art, London. A contemporary of, and frequent co-exhibitor with Henry Moore, Ben Nicholson, John Piper and Graham Sutherland, he represented Britain in many international touring exhibitions. In 1962 he was a prizewinner at the Venice Biennale. He is represented in many important museums worldwide, and the Tate Gallery has a collection of over 90 works.

An accomplished pianist, his work often took a musical theme, notably his series based on Debussy’s Preludes, as well as his 'Hammerklavier Suite' and his 'Beethoven Suite with Variations'. In Wales he is, perhaps, best known for his paintings and drawings based on Dylan Thomas’s poetry.


Tate Gallery, London

National Portrait Gallery, London

Glynn Vivian Museum & Art Gallery, Swansea

National Museum and Gallery of Wales

Leeds Museum and Art Galleries

Victoria & Albert Museum, London

Metropolitan Museum, New York

Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh

Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

Museum of London

Manchester City Art Galleries

Leicester Galleries

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Imperial War Museum, London

Birmingham City Museums and Art Gallery

Pallant House, Chichester

Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London

Newport Museum and Art Gallery

University of Wales, Aberystwyth

Arts Council Wales

Contemporary Art Society

Southampton City Art Gallery

Toledo Museum of Art, Ohio, USA

Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

National Museums and Galleries of Northern Ireland

UK Government Art Collection

British Council

St Anne's College, Oxford

Israel Museum, Jerusalem

Portsmouth City Museum

National Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide

National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne

National Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney

National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa

Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto

Kultusministerium, Stuttgart

Galleria Civica, Turin

Viulla Ciani, Lugano


Exhibition Calatogue - The Dylan Thomas Works - February 2014

Exhibition Catalogue 'Paintings, Drawings and Prints' - January 2016