Two brothers exhibit their work together for the first time


06.02.2020

Two brothers from Neath with strong links to the University of Wales Trinity Saint David (UWTSD) are currently exhibiting their art work at Canolfan Arad Goch in Aberystwyth.

Tomos & Owain Sparnon

Pic: Owain and Tomos Sparnon.

Tomos Sparnon graduated in 2018 with a first class degree in Fine Arts from UWTSD before being appointed to work for a year as a Welsh-medium Artist in Residence at the University’s Swansea College of Art. Tomos studied through the medium of Welsh and was the first student to graduate with a Welsh-medium degree in Fine Art from Swansea College of Art and the first student to complete his dissertation entirely in Welsh.

In 2015, Tomos won the Art Medal at the Urdd Eisteddfod, and two years later won the main Art and Design scholarship at the Bridgend Urdd Eisteddfod in 2017. Since then, Tomos has exhibited his work in galleries across Wales including the Glynn Vivian Gallery, Swansea; Canolfan S4C Yr Egin in Carmarthen; Y Senedd in Cardiff and the Lle Celf at last year’s National Eisteddfod in Llanrwst.

Tomos now works as an independent artist exploring the human form and the frailty of man through the medium of paint, charcoal and sculpture.

“It’s a privilege for Owain and I to exhibit our work at Canolfan Arad Goch, Aberystwyth, and we are very grateful to Jeremy Turner, Director of Arad Goch, for this opportunity,” said Tomos. “We are also grateful to Peter Lord for opening the exhibition. Working with the two of them when setting up the exhibition was a special experience in itself."

Tomos Sparnon

Tomos Sparnon's work.

Owain Sparnon is a second year student who’s following in his brother’s footsteps by studying Fine Art through the medium of Welsh at Swansea College of Art. In 2017, Owain won the Jane Phillips Residency Award at Swanse’s Mission Gallery and went on to win second prize in the Urdd Eisteddfod’s Art Medal twice. In 2018, he won the Under-19 Art competition at the Urdd Eisteddfod in Brecon and Radnorshire.

At present, Owain’s work responds to light and to transience by means of a range of media including paint, oil, wax and collage.

“We are both very grateful for the opportunities we have had whilst studying at Swansea School of Art,” said Owain. “My method of working has changed and developed since studying at Swansea, and that as a result of being introduced to new aspects and approaches. We are also grateful for the inspiration we have by studying at the Art College and the way we learn from our lecturers. The ability to do so through the medium of Welsh is an additional advantage.”

Owain Sparnon

Owain Sparnon's work.

This is the first time for the two brothers to share an exhibition, which comprises paintings, photographs, collage and prints. The exhibition can be seen at Canolfan Arad Goch, Aberystwyth, until the end of March.

"It's great to see Owain and Tomos exhibiting together at Canolfan Arad Goch in Aberystwyth," said Gwenllian Beynon, lecturer and Welsh language co-ordinator at Swansea College of Art within UWTSD. “They are both developing as strong artists and making a name for themselves in the arts in Wales. Both have studied through the medium of Welsh and use both languages naturally and confidently. I would like to thank Arad Goch for offering an exhibition to the two brothers at the newly refurbished centre, and to Peter Lord for opening the exhibition. As staff at the University’s College of Art we are very proud of their success.”

For further information on courses offered at Swansea College of Art, go to https://www.uwtsd.ac.uk/art-design/

And for more information about Tomas Sparnon’s work, visit www.tomossparnon.com 

Tomos & Owain Sparnon

Further Information

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