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C H I N O O K     Osi Rhys Osmond’s Chinook painting was presented as a gift from the people of Wales, to the Flemish Parliament during a reception at the Senedd – National Assembly for Wales, Cardiff, on November 16th 2017.

‘This painting, Chinook from the series Hawk and Helicopter 2010, is a gift from the people of Wales to the people of Flanders to mark the shared history of Wales and Flanders during the First World War and the continued friendship between both nations.

The Welsh Government collaborated with the Arts Council of Wales to select a suitable piece of contemporary Welsh art dealing with conflict and peace, to join the Flemish Parliament’s rich contemporary art collection. The Welsh Government and National Assembly for Wales wish to thank the Arts Council of Wales for its work in identifying a selection of suitable artworks and for its role in the final selection of the artwork, selected by a panel chaired by Elin Jones AM, Llywydd.

The artist is South Wales born Osi Rhys Osmond, who was one of Wales’ most respected artists, authors, broadcasters and commentators on arts and culture through the medium of Welsh and English. His work always involved the close examination of nature and the human condition.

Osi Rhys Osmond held many one-man exhibitions and has been amongst other eminent Welsh artists exhibiting their work in venues in Wales, London, Lithuania, Denmark and the USA.

This is the final painting to remain in the artist’s estate from a large suite of paintings addressing a loved landscape, visited almost daily, overlooking Carmarthen Bay and where the artist engaged with concerns for the environment and world peace, in a place of stunning natural beauty that also doubles as a military training ground for airborne operations. The Welsh Government and National Assembly for Wales are grateful to Mrs Hilary Rhys Osmond, the artist’s widow, for making the painting available for purchase.’ (abstract from the presentation)


Oriel Q Gallery Narberth  Retrospective / Edrych yn ol ar waith

May / Mai 20 – June / Mehefin 24 2017   Wed / Dydd Mercher – Sat / Dydd Sadwrn  10 – 5

01834 869454 www.orielqueenshallgallery.org.uk

This is a retrospective of the work of Osi Rhys Osmond who died on 6 March 2015. The artwork, displayed in two other areas alongside the Main Gallery, includes a painting that he was working on just before his death as well as another which he painted fifty years ago, with everything else in between. There are forty-two pieces of work on show – just a small sample of Osi’s output.


Edrych yn ol ar waith/ Retrospective Cantref Plase Bala 9th July 2016 to 29th July 2016. This first retrospective Osi Rhys Osmond exhibition is open Mon-Sat  12:00-17:00  Canolfan y Plase, Y Bala, Gwynedd, LL23 7SW   Tel 01678 520320

Looking Back Oriel King Street Gallery, Carmarthen  21 February – 18 March  A collection of paintings and drawings by Osi Rhys Osmond spanning his prolific artistic career. “Osi Rhys Osmond is one of Wales’ most respected artists, authors, broadcasters and commentators on arts and culture through the medium of Welsh and English. His work has always involved the close examination of nature and the human condition.” Oriel King Street Gallery http://www.kingstreetgallery.co.uk/calender/looking-back.html

Correspondences at Oriel Q, Narberth 12 September – 18 October  Contemporary painting in response to the life and writing of R S Thomas – was the title given to an exhibition curated by Christine Kinsey earlier this year (details below). Part of this exhibition has been amalgamated with work from artists responding to another famous poet, Dylan Thomas. Osi Rhys Osmond’s painting in response to the work of Dylan Thomas is on show http://www.orielqueenshallgallery.org.uk/current.html

Correspondences Plas Glyn Y Weddw  1 February – 23 March  Contemporary painting in response to the life and writing of R S Thomas                   Curated by Christine Kinsey,  the exhibition brings together works by 14 contemporary painters in Wales in response to the life and writing of R S Thomas. Osi Rhys Osmond participating artist  http://www.oriel.org.uk/en/c/correspondences

Coastal Sunsets exhibition Oriel Myrddin, Carmarthen  July – August 2013 http://orielmyrddingallery.co.uk/event/osi-rhys-osmond/

Landscape and Inheritance exhibition article-March 2012…John Osmond admires a rare exhibition in the Valleys that leads us to reflect on how we spend our ‘our brief eternities’ http://www.clickonwales.org/2012/03/artists-from-the-valleys-1-landscape-and-inheritance/

Osi Rhys Osmond’s tribute to Wattsville’s mining heritage   http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-south-east-wales-17546704

The Price of Coal exhibition of work inspired by mining and mining communities from three renowned artists, David Carpanini, Valerie Ganz and Osi Rhys Osmond. http://www.thevalleys.co.uk/news/coal.aspx

Hawk and Helicopter exhibition  – Mission Gallery, Swansea  Jan-March 2011 http://www.missiongallery.co.uk/exhibitions/hawk-and-helicopter/

Response/Umateb and Marchog exhibitions at the Queens Hall Gallery, Narberth  http://www.orielqueenshallgallery.org.uk/osi-rhys-osmond-2006.html  http://www.orielqueenshallgallery.org.uk/osi-rhys-osmond-2009.html

Opus Artists  http://opusartists.wordpress.com/exhibitions/vend/#jp-carousel-370


ENCOUNTERS WITH OSI book launch 6.30pm 24th July 2015 Wales Millenium Centre Cardiff. The H’mm Foundation hosts the launch of the new book ENCOUNTERS WITH OSI –  Moving and beautifully presented contributions to remember Osi 6.30pm 24th July 2015 Japan Room, Wales Millennium Centre, Bute Place, Cardiff Bay  CF10 5AL

WJEC Foundation Excellence Exhibition and Awards   http://www.g39.org/cgi-bin/website.cgi?place=exhibitions&id=4348

From The Ruins ‘accompanies the Anselm Kiefer exhibition and takes the form of brief personal presentations and an ensuing conversation between Iwan Bala and Osi Rhys Osmond, two of Wales’ most perceptive commentators on the visual arts.’   http://www.mostyn.org/whats_on/event_detail/from_the_ruins

Josef Herman lecture by Osi Rhys Osmond   http://www.culturecolony.com/videos?id=384

‘The West Wales world of Dylan Thomas is timeless’, says Welsh artist Osi Rhys Osmond   http://www.csmaclub.co.uk/magazine/travel/the-west-wales-world-of-dylan-thomas-is-timeless-says-welsh-artist-osi-rhys-osmond

Y Lle Celf 2009  Osi Rhys Osmond presented with the Ifor Davies Award http://www.culturecolony.com/news?id=176

Opening of Catalyst event http://www.culturecolony.com/events?id=170