About Cefyn

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Background

After travelling extensively around the world teaching Art in several countries, he emigrated to NZ in 1990 and was Head of Art at Central Hawkes Bay College for eleven years. Since 2001 he has painted full time establishing a large studio and gallery on The Pukeora Wine Estate near Waipukurau.

Cefyn is passionate about theatre and has designed a large number of set designs for local theatre as well as acting in and directing many plays. He is also a drummer and has played professionally for over forty years.

Exhibiting widely in the U.K. he has also had successful solo shows in Canada, U.S.A. and New Zealand. He has undertaken large commissions from Marks and Spencer, Sussex County Hospital and Honda U.K. After exhibiting at The Agora Gallery in New York City in 2006, he signed a contract with Clark Priftis Art to represent him in Baltimore and New York.

Artist Statement

'As a painter and drummer I am constantly drawn to the key elements of rhythm, movement and pattern. I like to explore the visual magic of colour in an attempt the balance figurative and abstract concerns.

I take my ideas on a creative journey leaning heavily on my instincts and life experience when working in the studio.

My work is always based on a real experience and I invariably produce a large body of work on a chosen theme.

I work expressively on the canvas with brush, palette knife, spatula, sticks and fingers. The surface can result in a mixture of stains, glazes, rich texture and thickly applied areas of paint.'

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