Ifor Pritchard (1940 - 2010)

A truly unique painter, who painted the workplace he knew so well. This is how Ifor Pritchard described his work
"Atgofion yw fy ysbrydiolaeth.
Atgofion o blentyndod yng Ngharmel yn y 40au. Pentref a oedd o fewn tafliad carreg i Chwareli Llechi Dyffryn Nantlle a oedd,oherwydd yn dibynnu bron yn llwyr ar y lechen.
Ar l oes o greu a dysgu celf, trosglwyddir fi gan fy atgofion ir dyddiau hyfryd yma.
Ceisiaf ddehongli bywyd cl y chwarelwr a oedd bron i gyd yn seiliedig ar waith a chapel.
Fy niddordeb yw dynoliaeth y diwydiant.
Maer lechen, ond dim y llwch, yn fy ngweithienau."

"Memories are my inspiration.
Memories of a childhood in the village of Carmel in the 40s
This is a village situated within a stones throw of the Dyffryn Nantlle slate quarries and was, therefore, a village that was almost totally dependent on the slate.
After a lifetime of producing and teaching art, memories now transport me back to those early days.
It is an endeavour to depict an extremely claustrophobic life that was, in the main, based on the quarry and the Chapel.
I am only interested in the human aspect of the industry.
I have slate, but not the dust, in my veins."

Craig yr Oesoedd - True Grit
When Ifor Pritchard died at the beginning of winter 2010 he had reached the zenith of his reinvention as an artist He had started to create his oil paintings of Snowdonia quarrying life a scant six years before and within that time he used his expert ability and his vivid imagination to record the everyday occurrences the hardships and the skills of the quarrymen This new book published in October 2011 celebrates the work of a wonderful artist and one of the our most loyal supporters Price 20

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