Gareth Thomas is one of the most collected artists in Wales. He first established his reputation with sensitive watercolour paintings of the South Wales coast, painting mostly outdoors to capture the constantly changing light and mood of the landscape.He was born in Swansea in 1955 and attended Trinity College, Carmarthen. In 1979 he decided to paint full time and the earlier part of his career was devoted to working in Wales. He has held numerous solo shows and his work is widely collected.
Gareth Thomas' paintings of the South Wales coastline and especially of Gower, where he lives, are much in demand. The beauty of this landscape continues to offer fresh challenges. For his solo exhibition at Attic Gallery in July 2014 he visited the Scottish Islands of Mull and Iona as well as Provence and Wales.
For some years Provence , where he frequently goes to paint, has ignited his imagination and pushed him towards a more interpretative use of paint. Each medium - watercolour, pastel, acrylic, oil, has in turn offered him fresh challenges and a new means to express his response to colour and light.
“I have been nearly 40 years as an artist and I suppose I should be finding things a little easier but, truth be told, it just gets harder. The more you know, the more there is to know. By continuing to paint mostly outdoors, I try to react to the land around me in a direct a way as possible. Larger paintings are produced in the studio but always using sketches and notes taken in situ. My abiding interest, as with many landscape artists, is the effect of light on colour, be it the more sombre atmospherics of Wales, or the pure Provencal sky that lights up that beautiful land.”