Shani Rhys James is one of Britain’s most important figurative painters. She was born in 1953 and trained at St Martin’s College of Art and Design. She is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards including The Jerwood Prize, The Hunting Prize, The National Portrait Award, The Mostyn Open, The Gold Medal at the NationalEisteddfod and Welsh Woman of Culture. Shani was awarded an M.B.E. in 2006. Her work features in many important private and public collections.
This latest exhibition of approximately thirty new paintings coincides with her 60th birthday, and is accompanied by the publication of a new book about her work.
These new paintings continue Shani's autobiographical approach, with the artist’s portrait often included in domestic settings against an exuberant floral background. Within the works Shani explores the inner psyche and sexuality of women, as she explains; “Flowers are of course symbolic of a woman’s sexuality…my flowers symbolise the anarchy of the female spirit.” The art historian Edward Lucie-Smith has spoken of her work as the ‘theatre of the self’, explaining that she turns domestic scenes into ‘some unapologetic assertive epic’. And Bill Packer, the eminent art critic, has described Shani Rhys James as ‘an extraordinary artist and one of the most remarkable painters we have’.
All the work is for sale and collectorplan is available