Rob Piercy

Welsh ( b.1946 )


  • Watercolour
  • Signed lower left

Image size 16.1 inches x 28.3 inches ( 41cm x 72cm )
Frame size 28.3 inches x 40.7 inches ( 72cm x 103.5cm )

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Sold by Big Sky Fine Art; this original watercolour by Rob Piercy dating from 2006.
The work is presented and supplied in a sympathetic contemporary frame, mounted using conservation materials and behind glass.
Previously with The Albany Gallery, Cardiff, an exhibition of new works titled “Shores & mountains of Wales” from April 13th 2007 to 5th May 2007. The watercolour was chosen to publicise the exhibition in the Daily Telegraph of 17th April 2007.
The watercolour also features on page 69 of his book “The Snowdonia Collection” of 2008.

Rob Piercy was born in Porthmadog in 1946. He attended Normal College, Bangor 1968-72, an independent teacher training college, with Selwyn Jones and Douglas Williams. Having qualified as an art teacher, he taught at Ysgol Eifionydd, Porthmadog for fifteen years before leaving in 1989 to concentrate on his own painting. He has his own gallery in Porthmadog, established in 1986. His main subjects are landscapes and beaches in his native area.

He is an experienced mountaineer, having climbed throughout Europe, and a member of the Alpine Club of Great Britain. His love and understanding of the mountains, particularly those of Snowdonia, make his mountain works some of his very best. Indeed, he is now recognised as one of the UK’s premier mountain painters and has work in public and private collections throughout the world.

Rob Piercy is a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy and the Watercolour Society of Wales. He has exhibited his work in many prestigious competitions throughout the UK, including the Singer and Friedlander, and Sunday Times Watercolour Competition. His work has appeared in the Mall Galleries, the Albany Gallery, Cardiff and St. David’s Hall, Cardiff. In 2000 he was shortlisted for the Garrick Milne Art Prize, and also became the Welsh Artist of the Year.

In 2006 he featured in the Welsh language television series, Byd o Liw. His bibliography, Mynyddoed Eryi/The Snowdonia Collection, was published in 2008. Also in 2008 Rob Piercy published his first book, ‘The Snowdonia Collection”, followed by his second, “Portmeirion”, in 2012.

This original watercolour by one of the truly great mountain artists shows Tryfan, a mountain in the Ogwen Valley of Snowdonia, Wales. If forms part of the Glyderau group, and is one of the most famous and recognizable peaks in Britain, having a classic pointed shape with rugged crags.

This is an area which is familiar to the artist and his understanding of the terrain shines through. There is an immense physical presence to the painting. The peak of the mountain stands tall against a soft blue sky with wisps of cloud, floating above the granite. The ground is dusted with a light blanket of snow; there are no figures, there is no movement. The palette is simple, limited to blues, blacks and a hint of brown earth below the white of the snow. We know that the air is crystal clear, the atmosphere is still and the view must be magnificent!