Elected a Member of the RCA in 1996

Valerie Ganz was born in Swansea overlooking the dramatic sweep of Swansea Bay with the background of heavy industry. She attended Swansea College of Art and studied painting, sculpture and stained glass. She remained as a tutor until 1973 when she turned her attention to painting full time.

As her interest in the landscape of South Wales grew, her attention was drawn to the landscape of industrial areas and, in particular, the mining industry, over a period of many years, she worked at fourteen different collieries.

Ganz's work is held in national collections including the National Coalmining Museum for England, the National Library of Wales and the National Museum of Wales.

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