John Lavrin: A Life in Painting

Between Saturday 24 September and Sunday 2 October Oriel Y Dolydd will be showing a very special exhibition of works by the distinguished artist and sculptor John Lavrin, spanning six decades.

John Lavrin, a former child prodigy whose artist mother, Nora Fry, encouraged his talents, had his first exhibition at the age of nine. He went on to study painting at Chelsea and the Slade Schools of Art towards the end of the 1940s- he is now 85 and still tending his large garden in the hills above Pont Robert; as a younger man he divided his time between London and Dalmatia, having married a local woman whose father was a prominent Croatian sculptor- he became his assistant.

John is a prolific artist whose self-built house is packed with paintings and sculpture: People and animals interest him primarily; he describes himself as a draughtsman first and foremost, and his colour is muted; this adds to their strength.

Since moving to Wales in 1993, local figures have been prominent, in paintings and in anecdotal three-dimensional pieces featuring local characters, such as “Market day”, reproduced here.