Gareth Parry

Elected RCA 2006

Gareth Parry was born in Blaenau Ffestiniog in 1951 into a family of quarrymen. Following school he attended the Manchester School of Art, but left before completing the course. Returning home, he worked at a local slate quarry for two years before taking up painting again. His work is mostly about "Cymru" and "Y Cymry" (land and the people), These days paintings are produced in his studio and are based on pencil sketches or on memory alone.