Emrys Williams was born in Liverpool in 1958 and moved with his family to Colwyn Bay on the North Wales coast in 1969. He studied at the Slade School of Fine Art, London (1976-1980). He has worked as a half time lecturer at Coleg Menai, Bangor since 1990, currently as joint co-ordinator on the Ba Fine Art programme.

 He has has exhibited widely in Britain and has shown in important group exhibitions including the 12th Liverpool John Moores Painting Exhibition (1982) where he was a prizewinner and the Serpentine Summer Show (1983). He has held three one man shows in London at the Benjamin Rhodes Gallery and has had major public touring shows including "Sunny Spells" (1995) organised by Oriel Mostyn/Berwick Gymnasium Gallery, touring to MAC Birmingham, the Glynn Vivian Swansea and Turner House Penarth, "Various Fictions" (1998) Collins Gallery, Glasgow and"Emrys Williams - Recent Paintings" (2003) Oriel Davies, Newtown.

He has also worked with opera as artist in residence at the Welsh National Opera and film projects such As "Sunny Spells A Game for Optimists" with Director Paul Islwyn Thomas.

His work is in many public collections such as the Arts Council of England, the Government Art Collection, the National Museum of Wales and the Metropolitan Museum , New York.


   Curriculum Vitae 

1958                      Born

1976-80            Slade School of Art, London


       Selected Solo Exhibitions


       2008         "Emrys Williams-Paintings" Oriel Mon Llangefni

2007          "Recent Paintings" Blue Leaf Gallery Dublin

2007          "Recent Paintings"Six Chapel Row Bath

       2007         "Large Paintings and Book Projects" Y Tabernacl Machynlleth

2003                    "Recent Paintings" Oriel Davies Gallery, Newtown

2002         "Recent Paintings" Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames

2002                    "Recent Paintings" Newport Museum and Art Gallery with tour to the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth, Oriel Theatr Clwyd, Mold,

2000          "Various Fictions" Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy

1999          "Various Fictions" Six Chapel Row, Bath

1998/99     "Various Fictions" Collins Gallery, Glasgow; Durham Light                                

                  Infantry Museum and Durham Art Gallery; Quay Arts Centre, Isle


1997                    "Souvenirs", Crawford Arts Centre, St. Andrews

1997                    Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff

1996                    Six Chapel Row, Bath

1995/96     "Sunny Spells, Berwick Gymnasium Gallery,                            

                         Berwick-upon-Tweed, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno; Turner House,

                         Penarth; Glynn Vivian Museum and Art Gallery, Swansea;

                         Midlands Arts Centre, Birmingham

1994                    Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London

1992                    Kulturzentrum, Mannheim, Germany

"A Kind of Fiction" Oriel Gallery, Cardiff; Plymouth Arts Centre

1991                    Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London 

       1989          Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London

1986                    Lanchester Polytechnic Gallery, Coventry

Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London

1985                    Oldham Art Gallery

1984                    Wrexham Library Arts Centre

Andrew Knight Gallery, Cardiff



       Selected Group Exhibitions


       2009        " Welsh Artist of the Year" St. David's Hall Cardiff

 2009        Kyffin Williams Drawing Prize Exhibition Oriel Mon, Llangefni

2008        " 56Group Wales" UWIC Cardiff

2007          Thompson's Gallery London

       2007        " 20th Century and Contemporary Welsh Art" Martin Tinney Gallery                          

2007         "Welsh Artist of the Year" St. David's Hall Cardiff                       

2007         National Eisteddfod of Wales Mold          

       2006         La Chapelle Sancta Maria de Olivo, Beaulieu-sur- mer France

2006                    "University of Glamorgan Purchase Prize" Oriel y Bont, University of

Glamorgan and Wales Millenium Centre, Cardiff

2006                    "Andrea Ruthi and Emrys Williams" Bayart Cardiff

2005          Dalkey Heritage Centre, Dalkey, Dublin

2005          "Brought to Light" Oriel Mostyn , Llandudno in association with the

                  National Museum of Wales

       2005         "Drawing the City" Bayart, Cardiff

       2004         "Winter Exhibition" Campden Gallery , Chipping Campden

       2004         " Christmas Exhibition" Thompsons Marleybone London

                 "The Native Land" Oriel Mostyn Gallery Llandudno and Millenium             

                        Centre Cardiff

       2003         "30th Anniversary Exhibition" Bohun Gallery, Henley-on-Thames

       2003         "Small Paintings 11" Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff

       2001/2      "Small Paintings, Small Sculpture, Small Pots" Bohun Gallery,


       2000          National Eisteddfod of Wales, Llanelli A'r Cylch

1999          Waterman Fine Art, London

                  "Luminaries", Aberystwyth Arts Centre, Oriel Mostyn,                         

1999          "Reading Images" St. David's Hall, Cardiff

1999          Welsh Drawing Biennale, Wrexham Arts Centre and Tour

1997                    "Essence of Wales" St. David's Hall, Cardiff

1996          Purchase Prize Exhibition, University of Glamorgan, Pontypridd

                  Glasgow Art Fair, with Davies and Tooth

   1996          "Six Painters From Wales", John Martin Gallery, London

                  "Art 96 London" with Martin Tinney Gallery

                  Coombs Contemporary, London

                  "Contemporary Painters", Davies and Tooth, London

                Summer Show, Martin Tinney Gallery, Cardiff

1995                    "Recent Purchases", Contemporary Art Society for Wales

"Select Works" Clwyd Fine Arts Trust

"Intimate Portraits", GlynnVivian Museum and Art Gallery Swansea Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno

1992                    National Eisteddfod of Wales, Neath

1993                    "Joie de Vivre", Midlands Art Gallery, Birmingham

1992                    "The Discerning Eye", Mall Galleries, London

1991                    "Print News" Oriel Cardiff, Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno

1990                    "A View of the New", Royal Overseas League, London

1989                    "Ways of Telling", Oriel Mostyn, Llandudno

1988          "Big Paintings", Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London

1987                    Benjamin Rhodes Gallery London

        1987          "David Hepher and Emrys Williams", Castlefield Gallery,              


1986                    Group 56, Bratislava, Czechoslovakia

1985                    John Moores Liverpool Exhibition X1V, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

"Steven Dunn, Sylvia Guirey and Emrys Williams", Benjamin Rhodes Gallery, London

1984                    "Pauline Carter and Emrys Williams", Chapter Gallery, Cardiff


       1983         "Serpentine Summer Show 11", Serpentine Gallery, London

       1982          John Moores Liverpool Exhibition X111, Walker Art Gallery,                              


1982                     "Through Artist's Eyes", Mostyn Art Gallery Llandudno




       2007         Gold Medal for Fine Art National Eisteddfod of Wales

2006          Painting Prize "Welsh Artist of the Year" St Davids Hall Cardiff

2007          NEXO Circulo del Arto Toledo Spain

       2006         First Prize, University of Glamorgan Purchase Prize Exhibition

       2006         Creative Wales Award , Arts Council of Wales

       2005         Artist in Residence, Dalkey Heritage Centre, Dalkey Dublin

2003                    Artist in Residence, Welsh National Opera, Cardiff

1999         "Cyfuniad" International Artists Workshop, Barmouth

1994-5              Visual Arts Fellowship, The Berwick Gymnasium, Berwick upon


       1993         Arts Council of Wales Award for travel in Italy

       1992         Mannheim City Stipendium, Kulturzentrum, Mannheim, Germany

       1991         Arts Council of Wales Award for travel in Germany

       1988         Third Prize, Royal Overseas League, London

       1985         Third Prize, Royal National Eisteddfod, Rhyl

       1985         Artist in Residence, South Hill Park Arts Centre and Wilde            

                        Theatre, Bracknell

       1983         Stewart Powell Bowen Fellowship, Artist in Residence, Oriel

               Mostyn, Llandudno

       1982         Minor Prize, John Moores Liverpool Exhibition X11

       1980         Boise Travelling Scholarship and Robert Ross Scholarship, Slade

               School of Art

       1975         Kellogs Art Training Award




      1990         National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

       1987                    Clwyd County Council


      TV Broadcasts/Collaborations

      2008         " Hinterland" with Diversions Dance Company

     2008         "Araf" Chapter Arts Centre Cardiff

     2007        "Dancelab" with Diversions Dance Company

     2000         Painting The Dragon BBC Wales

     1996         "A Word In Your Eye" HTV

     1994          "Sunny Spells, A Game For Optimists" Prospect Cymru Wales

                 Director Paul Islwyn Thomas, Transmitted BBC Wales and BBC 2

       1990                    Painter of the week, Channel 4




       Arthur Andersen & Co.

Arts Council of England

Berwick Borough Museum

Clwyd County Council

Clwyd Fine Arts Trust

Contemporary Art Society for Wales


Glynn Vivian Art Gallery and Museum

Government Art Collection

       Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Ove Arup and Partners

Princess of Wales Hospital

National Museum of Wales, Cardiff

Newport Museum and Art Gallery

University of Glamorgan

Healing Arts Isle of Wight NHS Primary Care Trust