Sidney Nolan and Graham Sutherland: A Sense of Place

Oriel y Parc, St David's, SA62 6NW

Saturday 30th September 2017 - Sunday 28th January 2018 

open daily 10am-4pm


Continuing the 2017 celebrations of Sidney Nolan's centenary, this exhibition explores parallels in the work of Nolan (1917-1992) and Sutherland (1903-1980) who were both profoundly affected by a sense of place.

Born in Melbourne, Nolan travelled extensively, initially throughout Australia, then, after settling in London in 1953, worldwide including Italy, Greece, Africa, Antarctica, China and the USA. In the 1980s he settled at The Rodd on the Welsh border near Presteigne and established the Sidney Nolan Trust, leaving it an important collection of work. His only studio remaining in situ opened to the public for the first time in 2017 at The Rodd. “I feel that I can arrive almost anywhere in the world now and feel, in some way, at home”.

Born in London, Sutherland first came to Pembrokeshire in 1934 and was struck by the power of the landscape: “the quality of light here is magical and transforming”. As an official war artist from 1940 to 1945 he painted South Wales and London. He moved to live in the south of France, but returned to visit Pembrokeshire in 1967 and then every year until his death. He bequeathed a body of artwork to Wales and stipulated that the paintings should be seen in the place which had inspired them. For some years the collection was shown at Picton Castle, later being transferred to Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and is shown on a rolling basis at Oriel y Parc, St David’s

The exhibition publication includes contributions from curator Isabella Boorman, artist Clare Woods and Sidney Nolan Trust director Anthony Plant. 

Exhibition organised in partnership between Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales, the Sidney Nolan Trust and Oriel y Parc. The gallery at Oriel y Parc is a partnership between Amgueddfa Cymru - National Museum Wales and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority. 

Sidney Nolan, The Old Oak has Fallen, 1977, ripolin and oil on hardboard, 91.5 x 122 cm. Collection of the Sidney Nolan Trust. © Sidney Nolan Trust. 

Graham Sutherland, Pembrokeshire Landscape, 1935, gouache on paper, 15.7 x 20 cm. Collection of Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales. © Estate of Graham Sutherland. 


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