"I was lucky in that I was born into a landscape so beautiful. I had no need to go elsewhere. There was never any question of what I should paint.
Wales, in turn, is lucky that such a talented artist should have been so inspired by the landscapes and seascapes of his native country. Kyffin Williams was born in 1918 and, throughout a long and prolific career, he remained faithful to the subjects around him: the rugged mountains and the shadowy valleys of Snowdonia; the stonebuilt cottages of Gwynedd and sunlight over the Menai Strait; the immutable land and the ever-changing sea.
Kyffins work is well known and greatly loved he was a peoples artist in many ways, not least for his painting of individuals in their own habitat. This first volume of autobiography offers a fascinating insight into the creativity and vision of one of Waless greatest artists."
Born in Llangefni, Anglesey in 1918, Kyffin Williams R.A. achieved international recognition as an artist with a highly distinctive style. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London from 1941 to 1944. He went on to become the Senior Art Master at Highgate School from 1944 to 1973, and in 1968 gained a Winston Churchill Fellowship to record the Welsh in Patagonia.
Williams's first one-man exhibition was held at P & D Colnaghi, London in 1949. Subsequent solo exhibitions were held at the Leicester Galleries, London, Glynn Vivian Museum & Art Gallery, Swansea, Howard Roberts Gallery, Cardiff and the Tegfryn Gallery, Menai Bridge. He exhibited in Attic Gallery from 1963 and at the Thackeray Gallery, London biennially from 1975. He also exhibited regularly at the Albany Gallery, Cardiff. A retrospective of his work was held in 1987 at the National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, and subsequently toured to the Mostyn Gallery, Llandudno and the Glynn Vivian Art Gallery, Swansea. A portraits retrospective was held at Oriel Ynys Mon, Llangefni in 1993.
Williams was President of the Royal Cambrian Academy from 1969 to 1976, and again from 1992. He was elected Royal Academician in 1974. He was made an Honorary Fellow of University College, Swansea (1989), University College, Bangor (1991) and University College of Wales, Aberystwyth (1992). In 1991 he received the Medal of the Honourable Society of Cymmrodorion. Kyffin Williams died on 1st September 2006."