Welsh ( b.1981 )
|Image size||9.8 inches x 11.8 inches ( 25cm x 30cm )|
Available for sale from Big Sky Fine Art; this original oil painting by Elin Sian Blake, dating from 2015.
The painting is supplied as an unframed canvas board – please take note that no framing is supplied with this original artwork. The dimensions provided are for the canvas area.
Elin Sian comes originally from Pontypridd, and graduated in Graphic Design from the University of Glamorgan in 2002. Having subsequently spent several years living on the road in vintage vehicles she began painting the scenes and characters she encountered on her travels.
She settled in Abergavenny in 2008, and became established as a professional artist, making her name in the equestrian art world as a painter of Welsh cobs. In addition to Welsh imagery and landscapes she had a very successful exhibition in 2013 painting the heroes of the Welsh rugby team past and present, The exhibition was attended by Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Jamie Roberts and Max Boyce to name but a few.
Elin’s work is held in collections across Europe, the U.S and Australia, and in private and public collections in Britain.
Her more recent work explores her heritage of the Welsh valleys, and a historical social commentary of everyday Welsh working life.
Elin’s work has won several national awards, the most recent being the St Ives School of Painting award at the Artist of the Year competition in the Mall Galleries 2015. She has exhibited widely both locally and in London.
Elin currently works from her studio in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire where she also teaches art to children and adults.
This original oil painting features a miner who has just finished his shift in the colliery. He is sitting on a bench, head in hands. The background is sparse, but the colours are rich and warm. He is wearing tough boots, dark trousers, a red vest and his miner’s helmet with lamp. He is physically exhausted, his body gleaming with the sweat of his labours. This is an image of honest, dignified work, of the shear grime and effort of his life. This is about a single man, but also about the life of generations, of communities and of our industrial heritage.
This is a stunning piece, which seems to emit its own heat and light. It depicts men smelting iron at the Blaenau Gwent Foundry works. The process of converting pig iron to wrought iron with the use of a reverberatory furnace was called puddling. This was one of the most important processes of making the first appreciable volumes of high-grade bar iron during the industrial revolution. The men who were involved in this were called Puddlers. Theirs was hard and dangerous work. In the original puddling technique, molten iron in a reverberatory furnace was stirred with rods, which were consumed in the process. This is the process depicted here. The process was to then remove the slag and produce a higher grade material. The furnace glows white hot and steam rises all around the men.
Merch yn wreiddiol o Bontypridd, graddiodd Elin Sian yn 2002 gyda chymhwyster Dylunio Graffeg o Goleg Morgannwg. Wedi treulio rhai blynyddoedd yn byw ar yr heol mewn carafannau a cherbydau tras dechreuodd hi i baentio’r golygfeydd a chymeriadau y cwrddodd hi a nhw ar ei chrwydrau.
Wedi setlo yn y Fenni yn 2008 ymsefydlodd Elin fel artist proffesiynol, yn gwneud enw iddi hi ei hun yn y byd ceffylau, yn paentio cobiau a merlod Cymraeg. Yn ogystal a thirluniau a golygfeydd, cafodd hi arddangosfa llwyddianus iawn yn 2013 pan beintiodd hi arwyr tim rygbi Cymru trwy’r cenhedlaethau. Mynychwyd ei harddangosfa gan Leigh Halfpenny, Alex Cuthbert, Jamie Roberts a Max Boyce ymhlith eraill.
Mae hi wedi enill dau gystadlaeaeth agored genedlaethol, ac wedi arddangos yn Llundain ac yn lleol yn Sir Fynwy.
Mae ei gwaith diweddaraf yn archwilio ei hetifeddiaeth yn y Cymoedd, a gohebiaeth cymdeithasol o fywyd Gwaith pob dydd yng Nghymru gynt.
Mae ei gwaith celf mewn casgliadau ar draws Ewrop, yr Unol Daleithau ac Awstralia, yn ogystal a chasgliadau preifat a chyhoeddus ym Mhrydain.
Eisioes mae Elin yn gweithio o’i stiwdio yn y Fenni, ble mae hi hefyd yn dysgu dosbarthiadau celf i blant ac oedolion.