This exhibition presents the private art collection of Sian and Ken Owen, amassed over 30 years.
The collection includes over 90 paintings of works by some of Wales' foremost artists, from Augustus John to Kyffin Williams, Shani Rhys James to Meirion Ginsberg.
Ken and the late Sian Owen began collecting works of art in 1990, the year they married. The exhibition title comes from the title of the first and last paintings bought: Traeth Gwyllt (Wild Beach) by Selwyn Jones, and Traeth Glas (Blue Beach) by Lesley Birch. It is also inspired by a well-known poem in Welsh by Gwyn Thomas, Croesi Traeth (Crossing a Beach), translated here:
An old Russian proverb states,
'To live life is not to cross a field.'
In truth: life is to cross a beach.
Ken explains, 'The collection grew gradually, from painting to painting. We always bought the paintings because they excited us. A picture must give pleasure, challenge, arouse curiosity – or what’s the point? A few paintings came directly from the artist’s studio and have never been exhibited. Others were gifts from artists and some were special commissions. It will be good to have other people judge them, and hopefully, to appreciate them. ‘Crossing Beaches’ is our legacy.'