Here at Menai Holiday Cottages we were delighted to sponsor ‘Four on Anglesey’; an extraordinary, free outdoor summer art installation by renowned landscape painter, Anthony Garratt. Four large 2.5 metre canvases were painted in situ at spectacular island locations in the North, South, East and West, and left for visitors and residents to enjoy. The exciting outdoor art show was the second of its kind in the country and the only one that took place in 2015.
The paintings - bursting with energy - encouraged people to explore the beauty and diversity of the Anglesey landscape, enjoy being outside and provide a creative and thought-provoking take on each side of the spectacular island. Castle, ocean, island, mountain and historical views were all captured on canvas.
Once completed, the giant works of art were lifted onto bespoke rusted steel easels and left in the landscape, on or near the Anglesey Coastal Path in the very spot they were painted. The creations were left in the ‘outdoor gallery’ exposed to the elements until October 2015. Whilst they were carefully designed to withstand the inevitable rigours of storms and weathering, as the paintings were immersed in the landscape they intentionally transformed in character as the light and weather changed around them.
Anthony created the alfresco works on Anglesey in March, and were in situ for all to enjoy until the end of October 2015. Two of the paintings can now be seen at The Outbuildings (please ring before arriving), one is to be auctioned to raise money for a bursary to fund an artist from Anglesey and the final one, from Rhoscolyn will be sited at the Claydon in Buckinghamshire, where visitors to the estate can see it in the gardens.
If you missed Four on Anglesey, or loved it so much you have been left wanting more, then watch this space! We are hugely excited that Anthony Garratt will be returning to North Wales in 2016 for another great project - full details to be announced soon.
A stunning beach-side location capturing the view towards the distinctive Ynys Dulas (Dulas Island).
To Puffin Island
At Penmon Point on the Eastern tip of Anglesey, looking toward Puffin Island and the iconic lighthouse.
Beautifully located in a walled garden, a view which takes in the bay of Rhoscolyn, along the coast of Anglesey to the Llyn Peninsula
A view to Caernarfon Castle
Across the Menai strait to Snowdonia, re-interpretation of a painting by John Brett which appears in the National Museum
of Wales, Cardiff.