If you visited the Hearth Gallery over the Christmas period to see our Winter Open Exhibition, Rhys Powell’s work would have definitely left an impression.

Three huge, hyper-realistic charcoal drawings of animals hung boldly as a triptych immediately caught the eye.

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Rhys was the very first artist to contact our team through this website and, needless to say, once we saw his work, we were hugely excited to have him join our roster of artists.

Rhys is someone who has rediscovered his passion for art after not drawing for nearly 15 years.

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By recreating incredibly fine details, shadows and textures, he has found his own realistic style while using only a limited range of charcoals and specialising in large scale animal-themed pieces.

Rhys grew up in Newbridge and realised he had a unique talent and love for art while studying art at GCSE level.  While Rhys did not pursue further education in this area, he utilised his talents through his work and is currently employed as a design manager at a smoke control and ventilation firm in Cardiff.

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Rhys was honoured that his work is on display at the Hearth Gallery and hopes that it inspires other artists to follow their passion to see where the journey takes them.

Rhys has strong links with the NHS and Cardiff and Vale UHB; his wife is the Senior Nurse Manager of the Clinical Research Facility in UHW and other family members are employed in NHS organisations throughout Wales.

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Rhys hopes that patients, visitors and staff enjoyed viewing his work in the gallery and is looking forward to working with Cardiff and Vale UHB for future exhibitions.

If, like Rhys, you have an artistic talent that you would like to share with us, please get in touch! Our next Open Exhibition in the Hearth Gallery will be this Summer but we’re always happy to hear from creative minds.

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