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; Keele University; University College of Wales, Lampeter; Alquin College, York University; Bangor Normal College; Wrexham Arts Centre; Dyfed County Council; Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Ireland; BBC Wales; Highland Regional Council; Ceredigion District Council; S4C; 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.