GARETH LYE : PAINTING, CARVING & ASSOCIATED PURSUITS

Born in Wales in 1972 Gareth Lye has been engaged in drawing, painting and making things all his life. Encouraged by a highly practical and talented family, he was attracted from an early age to work which combined thoughtful approach with concise action.

Formal education took the path of a Foundation Course in Art & Design at Swansea Institute 1992. HND in Graphic Information Design in Harrow 1995. HND & BA(Hons) Architectural Stained Glass in Swansea Institute 2002.

From 2002-13 Gareth balanced his time between sub-contracting to artists & studios in the UK to carry out research, design, fabrication & installation of large scale private, public & sculptural commissions in glass. As well as regularly exhibiting paintings and completing many stained glass commissions.

He moved to Saint Ives in Cornwall in 2014 where he concentrated on painting & carving, working to commission and selling work independently. Exhibiting as a member of the Saint Ives Society of Artists at The Mariner's Gallery from 2016-2021, and where for a very brief time he became a director in 2017.

He returned to South Wales in 2021.

His work is firmly grounded in the premise of accurate drawing, and is deeply rooted in a long visual tradition of a thoroughly controlled, draughtsmanship based response to our experience.

'Before enlightenment, chop wood & carry water. After enlightenment, chop wood & carry water' - Zen Pvb