Shani Rhys James

Considered by many the greatest living Welsh painter, Shani Rhys James has developed over a long and distinguished career a unique and highly personal style of intense psychological power. Taking almost exclusively the female figure - frequently herself - as her subject, Rhys James has continued to explore the role of women within domestic spaces.

 

In recent work the female figure has become entwined with images of flowers, either in the wallpaper that surrounds them or as part of a still life composition.  In Rhys James's paintings these forms take on a life of their own, subverting the traditional 'feminine' arts of still life painting and home decorating.

 

Rhys James has exhibited continuously throughout her career and won many awards including the prestigious Jerwood Painting Prize in 2003. Her work is also featured in collections throughout the UK, including the National Museum of Wales and Arts Council of England. 'The Rivalry of Flowers' a publication on her work was produced in 2013, featuring an essay by critic Edward Lucie-Smith.