From the crashing of the sea on rocks in Pembrokeshire to the intricate architectural detail of his townscapes, artist Christopher Langley finds huge inspiration in his Welsh surroundings.
Raised in Pontypridd, Chris is a self-taught artist whose work has been shown in New York, Glasgow, London, and of course Cardiff, with two National Welsh Exhibitions sponsored by Julie Morgan AM and Mick Antoniw AM.
A committee member of the South Wales Art Society and an artist in residence at the Celtic Manor Resort, he now lives in Cardiff. With styles raging from oil based impressionism to digital expressionism, Langley is influenced by David Hockney, Barry Hilton, Gillian McDonald, and Welsh artist Corrie Chiswell.
Christopher’s work features in private and corporate collections worldwide and is a committee member of the South Wales Art Society, one of the oldest established societies of its kind in the world and is a regular contributor.
Christopher says when you invest in an original painting by him, you’re not just buying a painting. You’re also investing in his personal art a service. He is in demand by private individuals and companies for commissions and consultancy where he will be happy to visit your home on request, and work with you to find the best location for your painting.
He is available to consult with you on any art matters as It is important to Christopher that his collectors are looked after personally.
He brings a fresh interpretation: “There have been many paintings of London, for example, but none have used the colour combination I bring to the subject in my work” he says.
“My ‘Pen y Fan Sunset’ sky is a deep red, a striking image.
“In the painting Lakeside, the Scott Memorial has an Impressionist quality.
“I find great inspiration in many things about Wales. The people and the towns of Wales inspire me in the same way the landscape inspires.”
Subjects of his works also include Newport’s Transporter Bridge, seascapes of Pembrokeshire, Newport’s Wetlands, and views of the Valleys.
His work also includes the enigmatic red umbrella series – paintings such as Walk Along The Shore which have a mysterious quality, each featuring a red umbrella.
A multi media expert, Chris’ work uses oils, acrylics, and digital techniques and he is regularly offered commissions from companies and private individuals.
“I work in several different styles to ensure my clients receive artworks they love,” he says.
A recent exhibition at Insole Court, Llandaff, of his artworks of Cardiff’s pubs, past and present, proved a huge success.
With many interests and influences, I seldom produce a range paintings based on a particular theme or style. I am inspired by variety. I look at images; I fame in my mind’s’ eye. If it resonates with me I react by creating an impression. My aim is to look for beauty in the mundane and the ordinary, and translate onto canvas.
Recently featured on BBC Radio Wales, Cardiff TV and online on the BBC News Arts section, I’m presenting a series on Cardiff Pubs – Past Present which is a series of works describing a narrative in a historical and cultural context.
The concept is receiving traction, with Cardiff top gallery, Insole Court in LLandaff, holding an exhibition from May 13 until June 30th 2017.
Yn ôl ym mis Ionawr eleni, nes i arddangosiad gelf ar gyfer grŵp busnes lleol o’r enw 4N, yn Nhafarn Pantmawr yng Ngogledd Caerdydd.
Mae perchennog y dafarn, James Lovegrove yn hoffi fy steil o waith, a gomisiynwyd i mi i greu portreadau o’i tair tafarn yng Nghaerdydd.
Ar ôl y rhain eu cwblhau, roedd gan James y syniad o greu cyfres o baentiadau o Caerdydd Tafarndai, ddoe a heddiw.
Nawr, mae ein nod i ddweud hanes y tafarnau y ddinas mewn cyd-destun hanesyddol a diwylliannol, i ddod draw i’r arddangosfa yn y Gerddi Waterloo Teahouse ac edrych ar y printiau a phaentiadau.
Dwi’n gobeithio y bydd yn eu hysbrydoli i adrodd atgofion melys a straeon sydd ganddyn nhw am y tafarnau.
Dafarnai Caerdydd wedi bod wrth galon bywyd y ddinas ers canrifoedd. Gan fod nifer o dafarndai yn cau neu’n wynebu dyfodol ansicr, mae’n bwysig bod eu rôl yn cael ei gydnabod a’i ddogfennu.
Mae fy ngwaith wedi cael ei harddangos mewn sawl man cyhoeddus de Cymru, gan gynnwys yn y Celtic Manor Resort yng Nghasnewydd lle yr wyf yn un o’r artistiaid preswyl. Mae fy ngwaith hefyd wedi bod yn destun dau arddangosfeydd unigol blaenorol Cymraeg Cenedlaethol, un yn y Senedd yn dau fil phedwar ar ddeg.
Previously, I have produced two Welsh solo exhibitions, displayed in many top Welsh public places and galleries, including the Celtic Manor International Resort. My work has sold all over the UK and Internationally. I have been commissioned to produce work for both private and business clients. It’s still a constant challenge, but one I very much enjoy.
I am involved with the South Wales Art Society where I was voted onto the committee in March 2016. I have met some very talented artists who I find very inspirational in terms of technique and knowledge. I have attended many courses and workshops in order to improve my skills.
My images have been used for ‘The Oriel Magazine’, ‘Aura Magazine’ and tour company ‘Cardiff Hauntings’.Design
Chris’ latest designs show some of Cardiff’s landmark pubs from the past and present – and now these paintings will be featured in a new exhibition.
Christopher Langley, 55, produces the striking paintings using his own technique that involves ink and acrylic as well as some secret methods.
Pubs featured in the images include the Golden Cross, The Vulcan and The Cow and Snuffers.
“The owner of the Butchers Arms and the Black Cock, James Lovegrove, commissioned me to do some paintings. It proved really popular so I put together some more of pubs in the city.”
A work called ‘Turbines in Red’ was selected for The 2013 Lumen Prize Online Gallery. The Gallery received over 700 works from 45 countries. The Lumen International Selection Committee voted ‘Turbines in Red’ in the top 50 works to go onto an international gallery tour.
Pontypridd on Gold’ was featured in the Critique evening at the South Wales Art Society in Cardiff during April 2017 went very well.
Presented by international artist and teacher Adrian Metcalfe, the work was received very well.
Although Adrian did not recognise specifically of Pontypridd town (Adrian is from Yorkshire), he felt the painting had warmth and character. The buildings in the foreground he said, gives a close knit community feel.
Adrian noted the attention to detail of the terraced houses in the background; the colours adding to a great atmosphere. The painting was bought a week later my one of my collectors, Dr T. Pryce Brown.
Dave Morgan of Newport asked if I could paint something unique and very personal for him. A painting of the lovely lady in his life – in the #Garden of #Eden!
Dave and me chatted about a few concepts and images. I did a few sketches and when Dave was happy, I started the painting.
The photos detail how I built up the painting over several days.
I presented the finished work to Dave today. He was delighted. Dave will tell me soon after he’s presented the painting to her a very special gift, how she liked it.
On February 26th 2017, Chris was invites onto BBC Radio Wales to talk about his new concept: a series on Cardiff Pubs – Past Present. This is a series of works describing a narrative in a historical and cultural context.
Chris got in touch with journalist Marcus Grodenz, who provided a press release:
Preserving the ‘watering holes’ of CardiffArtist Chris Langley is on a mission to preserve the ‘watering holes’ of Cardiff.He is putting together an exhibition of paintings of past and present city publichouses.Now he has launched an appeal for the stories and memories of pub goers to help illustrate his works.
He also wants suggestions of other pubs that could feature as part of the collection.The idea is the brainchild of city publican, James Lovegrove. He explained: “ I am passionate about pubs and the role they play in keeping communities together.Unfortunately too many of them are disappearing.“ I met Chris and loved his work and the idea developed of putting together this collection.”
Chris, a self-taught abstract expressionist artist, added: “ I loved the idea of putting on canvass a unique history of pubs past and present. I have had to use drawings and photographs for the ones no longer here. They have all been a challenge with so many different styles of architecture and materials to capture.“ Now I want local people to tell me their stories and memories of the different pubs so that we can help bring the collection to life.”A total of 13 paintings have so far been completed and Chris is hoping to add at least 20 more before the exhibition goes on show later in the year. Stories and ideas for additions to the collection can be sent to him at email@example.com
The Beaufort Arms has always had strong links wih nearby Raglan Castle. There has been a building on the site in view of the castle well before the Siege of Raglan Castle in 1646 when Roundhead soldiers used the Beaufort to refresh themselves during the length of the siege.
In the Country Bar a seemingly insignificant large timber is believed to be all that remains of a dividing wooden structure which separated the living and sleeping quarters of a medieval dwelling. Underground wells and vaulted enclosures, not now in the public domain of the building, indicate possible passageways to the castle itself. Local myth has it that pre 1914 a stash of vintage champagne was lodged here.
During the 19th century the inn was a popular mail-coach stop on the South Wales – Fishguard route. The old stables of today being where the farriers then worked. In a village known for the longevity of its inhabitants some can still recall several prime ministers and their entourages staying here whilst fishing on the rivers Usk and Wye.
The old stone fireplace in the lounge, like other items, was removed from the castle at the beginning of the 20th century when the castle was abandoned as a quarry before coming under the care of CADW.
Of late The Beaufort seems to have become much more connected with the media, a number of television personalities and their crews have chosen The Beaufort as their hostelry after filming in the Monmouthshire countryside. You may well recognise parts of the inn in film clips and Knights in Armour have been seen eating a full Welsh Breakfast.
Castle Welsh Crafts is a family business situated in the heart of Cardiff city centre – opposite the main entrance to Cardiff castle.
Castle Welsh Crafts was started by the Rice family over 35 years ago and was originally found in the near by Castle Arcade. When the opportunity arose to move to our present location, Managing director Bob Rice, seen here with an origilal oil painting by Chris Langley, grabbed it with both hands and has continued to develop the business ever since.
Bob’s daughter is now a Director of business and is ensuring that the company ethos of warm welcome (in the hillside), excellent customer service and value for money continued into the digital age.
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