The famed Welsh artist and printmaker will deliver an illustrated talk that will offer an exploration of the creative processes and inspirations that have fuelled a celebrated career spanning six decades and documenting the natural and ever changing industrial landscapes of his native South Wales.

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The lecture will also be the occasion to mark the welcome arrival at the University of the collection of David Carpanini paintings loaned by Unite the Union. The collection owes its existence to the vision of the late Clive Jenkins, general secretary of ASTMS, a great patron of the arts and a native of Port Talbot. These works of art complement a collection of prints already generously donated by David Carpanini in 2016. 

David Carpanini - "Figure in a Landscape"

Free event but ticket required (unreserved seating)
Book here: or telephone 01792 604900 / 604999.

Thursday 16 November 2017:   7.30pm

The Great Hall, Bay Campus, Swansea University, SA1 8EN

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David Carpanini is one of Wales’ most well-known and respected artists. He was born in the Afan Valley in Glamorgan in 1946 and trained at Gloucestershire College of Art and Design, Cheltenham; the Royal College of Art; and the University of Reading.

Although much of his adult life has been spent in England his paintings, drawings and etchings are almost entirely devoted to the presentation of the valleys and former mining communities of South Wales where he was brought up. Lonely figures, scarred landscapes, perching terraces of houses and ragged roadside sheep are the images to which he is faithful and to which he attributes the development of his creative imagination.

Formerly Professor of Art at the University of Wolverhampton David Carpanini is a member of many prestigious groups and he was the first Welsh President of the Royal Society of Painter-Printmakers (RE). For many years his work has been included in the Royal Academy Summer exhibition and he has exhibited in many group and solo exhibitions in the UK and abroad. He has also undertaken numerous portrait commissions and more recently begun to explore his Italian roots with a series of drawings and etchings of the towns and landscape of north and central Italy. His work has been the subject of several television documentaries and is represented in numerous public; corporate and private collections worldwide.

In early 2014 his work was highlighted in a major retrospective exhibition at the Leamington Spa Art Gallery and Museum, which gathered together some of his most iconic pictures dating back to 1964

“He is a painter and printmaker devoted to the plain complete statement which leaves little to chance and yet, if made with sufficient authority can distil poetry from those ordinary and everyday facts which can go almost unnoticed by most of us.”(Bernard Dunstan RA).

“David Carpanini’s paintings are of his roots. Although solidly representational his pictures speak eloquently of abstracts – fear, isolation, and survival. Those who saw the Channel 4 and HTV Wales programmes about his work will remember these pictures and the gritty energy of the charcoal drawings and etchings. They are set in Wales but the statements he makes are not confined to the Welsh valleys the feelings they evoke are international.” (Robin Stemp).